New Falcons running back Todd Gurley isn't focusing on his time with the Rams. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons RB Todd Gurley not dwelling on missed opportunities with Rams

Former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley isn't focused on his past. Instead, he's looking forward to his future with the Atlanta Falcons.

During his time with the Rams, Gurley didn't see nearly as many touches as he would have liked, and he took the opportunity to reflect on that.

The 25-year-old joined former teammate Chris Long's "Green Light" podcast this week and was specifically asked about his lack of touches with the Rams.

"I try not to press the issue about nothing, so that's just kind of, just sit back and do my job,'' Gurley told Long about the decline in touches, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "Like it's not my job to tell who to give me the ball, so if it happens, it happens. I'm not going to bitch about anything. I'm just going to keep quiet and do my part. But when I get the ball, you know I'm going to do good with it for the most part, especially when stuff is going good. But I don't know what happened, man. All I know is I'm with the Falcons now.''

The three-time Pro Bowler had 254 touches in 15 games last season, his lowest total since his rookie campaign in 2015. In 2017 he was the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year after putting up 2,093 yards and 19 touchdowns on 343 touches.

He saw a decline in touches in the NFC Championship Game following the 2018 season, carrying the ball four times for 10 yards and adding a reception for just three yards. During Super Bowl LIII, Gurley had just 11 touches for 34 yards in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots.

While he did see a decline in touches, he didn't see himself leaving Los Angeles.

"I didn't see it coming, but obviously I've seen the process over the years, so I understand the business and I understand how it goes,'' Gurley said. "But I'm also the same type of person like when someone else is getting cut, I'm joking on them. So I can't get mad if somebody jokes on me. I joke on myself all the time. If you knew me, you know that's me. And it's all jokes. It's some truth to every little joke."

He joins a Falcons squad that went 7-9 in 2019 and now has 11 former first-round draft picks on offense.  

Gurley and the Falcons agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal. The Rams still owe him him $7.5 million, so he had no problem taking less money in Atlanta.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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