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Todd Gurley, Johnny Manziel have funny tweets about being paid in college

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Todd Gurley and Johnny Manziel sent some funny tweets on Tuesday about being paid in college.

A report on Tuesday from Dan Patrick went viral and said that Tennessee was handing money to recruits in McDonald’s bags.

The report led former South Carolina running back Mike Davis to feel like he was missing out.

Gurley and Manziel then chimed in as a response to Davis. Gurley told the Carolina Panthers running back he should have signed some memorabilia while in school.

Manziel agreed.

Gurley was suspended while at Georgia in 2014 over an autograph signing scandal. You can see more details here. Manziel also got into trouble in 2013 over an autograph scandal.

Whatever Davis missed out on in college, he’s making up for in the pros. He’s made an estimated $9 million during his career.

Todd Gurley will no longer serve as Falcons’ starting RB

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Todd Gurley’s time with the Atlanta Falcons may be coming to an end, and his grip on the team’s starting job has slipped as well.

Interim coach Raheem Morris announced Monday that Ito Smith will serve as the Falcons’ lead running back going forward, with Gurley’s role changing, via Kelsey Conway of the team’s official website. While Gurley’s new role was not clear, his workload had already been slipping, and he hasn’t had more than eight carries in a game since Nov. 8.

The Falcons probably want to see what they have in Smith going forward. The 25-year-old hasn’t been great, but has rushed for 167 yards on 37 carries in the last four games.

As for Gurley, his attempt to revive his career in Atlanta has clearly fallen flat. Though the 26-year-old found the end zone nine times, he’s set for a career worst in rushing yards barring a big late turnaround. Add in some brutal mental errors and it’s easy to see why the Falcons are ready to try something different.

Todd Gurley takes hilarious shot at Lamar Jackson after bathroom mishap

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Lamar Jackson became the subject of a whole bunch of hilarious bathroom jokes when he left Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns, and Todd Gurley is the latest to take a hilarious swipe at the Baltimore Ravens quarterback.

Gurley had a classic bathroom mishap on Wednesday, and he decided to share what happened with the world. The Atlanta Falcons star tweeted that he dropped his phone in the toilet while he was … well, you know. But don’t worry, he disinfected it immediately after.

That would have been funny enough, but Gurley didn’t leave it at that. Instead, he followed up by tagging Jackson in a tweet and asking if the reigning NFL MVP has any pointers for him.

Jackson missed roughly half a quarter of Baltimore’s game against the Browns on Monday night after he went to the locker room for what he says was cramping. However, many people suspected he had to poop, and a video of him running back out of the tunnel breathed life into that theory. Jackson told reporters he received an IV for cramps, but that didn’t make all the Twitter jokes any less entertaining.

Jackson even sent a funny tweet of his own about the incident.

Whether he had a bathroom emergency or not, Jackson is stuck with the poop jokes now. Gurley getting in on the fun was further proof of that.

Todd Gurley could not believe he was drafted in the top 10

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Todd Gurley is in his sixth season in the NFL and a veteran by this point. But when he first entered the league, it was as a hyped-up top-10 pick.

Yes, Gurley was taken No. 10 overall by the Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft. There were questions about his draft status because of concerns about his knee. An autograph issue also probably did not help.

That’s why the former Georgia Bulldog recently said he was surprised to be taken so high in the draft.

“I was in the green room laughing, joking saying ain’t no way I’m going in the top 10, top 15. I don’t know how that happen but it happened,” Gurley said on a recent appearance on The Players’ Tribune’s “Truss Levelz” podcast.

The Rams’ pick looked genius. Gurley rushed for over 1,000 yards in three of his four seasons and twice led the league in rushing touchdowns. His 2,093 total yards and 19 touchdowns in 2017 led the NFL.

But then Gurley started to have knee issues, like many teams feared. He ended up being cut by the Rams and picked up by the Falcons. This year he has 584 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns, not to mention a couple of costly mental mistakes.

He definitely outperformed expectations at least to start his career.

Todd Gurley committed another huge mental error

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Todd Gurley continues to commit mental mistakes for the Atlanta Falcons, though he’s lucky he didn’t cost his team this time.

The Falcons were leading the Carolina Panthers 25-17 on “Thursday Night Football” at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. with just over three minutes left in the game. Atlanta was trying to run out the clock to win the game.

They tossed to Gurley on a 3rd-and-14 play. Gurley ran out of bounds to avoid contact rather than stay in bounds. Gurley staying in bounds could have run another 30 seconds off the clock or forced Carolina to use one of its timeouts.

Instead, the Panthers got the ball back with 2:58 left. They drove to the Atlanta 30 before Teddy Bridgewater was intercepted to seal the game for the Falcons. The interception helped bail out this man from putting his curse on the team.

Gurley rushed 18 times for 46 yards and a touchdown in the win. But he really needs to get his head in the game based on the mistakes he is making. This error comes less than a week after his huge blunder last week cost the Falcons.

Video shows Matt Ryan told Todd Gurley to go down, not score touchdown

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Todd Gurley’s mental mistake in the Atlanta Falcons’ loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday looks even worse after seeing this video clip.

A new video from NFL Films shows that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reminded Gurley in the huddle not to score. The Falcons were down 16-14 with 1:04 left and had a 1st-and-goal from the Detroit 10. The plan was to run out the clock and then kick an easy field goal to win the game by a point.

Here is the video clip of Ryan going over the plan with Gurley:

Instead, Gurley couldn’t stop himself and ended up going in for a touchdown. Though Atlanta took a 22-16 lead, they left Detroit a minute on the clock. Despite not having any timeouts, the Lions drove for the winning touchdown and won 23-22.

The loss added on to an already miserable season for Falcons fans. What’s crazy is Gurley wasn’t the only player to make that exact same mistake over the weekend.

5 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 7

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We’re getting close to the halfway point of the NFL season, which means the playoff races will really be heating up soon. That means the stakes are getting higher, and the pressure is rising as well.

Plenty of NFL stars are succeeding in responding to that pressure. Some, however, aren’t doing quite as well. Here are five players who disappointed in Week 7.

Cam Newton, QB, Patriots

The predictions about Newton having a rebound season and getting back to his MVP form look about as off the mark as some of his passes do these days. Newton went 9/15 for 98 yards and three interceptions in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. He didn’t have his peak strength or accuracy, and things got bad enough that he was benched once the game became a blowout. Newton’s play is a real concern for New England at this point, and one has to wonder if the Pats are considering a switch with Jarrett Stidham waiting in the wings.

Stephen Gostkowski, K, Titans

The Titans have stuck by Gostkowski so far, even though they’d have been entirely justified in moving on based on his stats. Now he’s cost them a game. He missed a 45-yard field goal at the end of regulation against the Steelers that would have forced overtime. Even Ben Roethlisberger couldn’t believe it. The veteran has now missed six field goals and two extra points, and doesn’t look reliable right now. The Titans are 5-1 and look well-positioned for a playoff run. They will want to get a better kicker first, though.

Jon Bostic, LB, Washington

Bostic produced the worst moment of the day with this hit on Andy Dalton that knocked the Dallas Cowboys quarterback out of the game. It was so bad, in fact, that Washington coach Ron Rivera apologized and publicly chastised Bostic for his lack of control. Rivera is right. Bostic is a veteran who needs to be better than that. It was a low hit that looked like head-hunting, and a suspension would be fully deserved.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys

Elliott continues to look fairly lost in the Dallas backfield with or without Dak Prescott. He was held to 45 yards on 12 carries Sunday against Washington, keeping a worrying trend going. It’s the second consecutive game Elliott has been held under 50 yards, and the third time in five weeks. He has yet to go for 100 yards this season. Some of that is due to game script, but Elliott is also dealing with fumbling problems, and has at times looked uncertain running out of the backfield. The Cowboys need him more than ever with Prescott and possibly Dalton out, but he’s not giving them much.

Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons

Gurley will be having nightmares about scoring a touchdown, strange as that is to say. While he tried to avoid crossing the plane, Gurley accidentally scored late to put Atlanta ahead 22-16 against Detroit. The problem? Doing so left the Lions over a minute to go downfield and score a game-winning touchdown themselves. We always praise running backs who are mentally sharp enough to take a knee short of the end zone in order to burn more clock in a spot like this. Gurley didn’t do that, and his team ultimately paid the price. Crazily, this was the second time this happened over the weekend.

Todd Gurley costs Falcons win with accidental touchdown

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Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley has scored many touchdowns during his career, but the one he had in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions was the only one he is going to deeply regret.

The Falcons were trailing 16-14 late in the fourth quarter and had the ball deep in Detroit territory. After putting together a methodical drive and forcing the Lions to use all of their timeouts, Atlanta could have run the clock all the way down and kicked an easy game-winning field goal. However, Gurley had a huge mental lapse and forgot he wasn’t supposed to score a touchdown.

Gurley realized at the last second that he should not have scored, but the ball had already broken the plane.

Gurley clearly wasn’t being selfish, otherwise he would not have tried to keep himself out of the end zone. He simply lost track of the situation, though you have to think the Falcons talked about it in the huddle before the play.

The mistake was very costly. The Lions quickly marched down the field on their ensuing drive, and Matthew Stafford threw a game-winning touchdown pass to tight end T.J. Hockensen as time expired.

Believe it or not, we saw the exact same type of play cost Penn State in their loss to Indiana on Saturday. You can see a video of that huge flub here.

Gurley’s mental mistake was as painful as it gets. He may never get over that one.

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Falcons OC offers estimate for Todd Gurley workload

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The Atlanta Falcons have a realistic outlook of what Todd Gurley can do for them in 2020.

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter set a target of between 15 and 25 touches per game for Gurley. The running back has a history of knee problems, including unconfirmed reports of an arthritic condition.

“I think a minimum of 15 touches and a high of [25],” Koetter told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure on Tuesday. “But you’ve got to realize we’ve got a lot of guys that need touches. You’re going to have 64 plays in a game on average on offense. Depending on where you’re at in the season and wear and tear, I think the low is 15 and maybe the high end 25.”

Gurley accumulated 254 touches in 15 games for the Los Angeles Rams last season. That works out to about 17 touches per game. In other words, the Falcons aren’t going to overdo it. Gurley still managed 1,064 yards from scrimmage on that workload as well, so it’s clear he can still be a contributor.

Koetter has been realistic about Gurley’s knee situation. That seems likely to continue, but the Falcons sound like they’re going to be smart about things.

Todd Gurley heading to Atlanta despite previous concerns

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Todd Gurley is heading to Atlanta despite expressing concerns about the coronavirus and how the league would protect players.

Gurley tweeted a simple message on Sunday night, telling his fans: “ATL On My Way!!”

During an interview with “Tiki & Tierney” on CBS Sports Radio last week, the running back said the NFL didn’t have a COVID-19 system in place that was to his liking.

“It’s really not structured right,” Gurley said. “There’s not a proper plan in place that I’m comfortable with. I don’t have a wife. I don’t have any kids. You have to look at guys on the other side who have [a] pregnant wife, kids and a wife that they go home to every single day. I just feel like we just need to come up with something a lot better than what they’re giving us. Everything they gave us is pretty last minute. We should have been able to have answers weeks ago, if not months ago.”

The 25-year-old running back even said he would be open to sitting out the season.

Of course, saying that he is heading to Atlanta sure makes it seem like he will be reporting to the Falcons.

Gurley agreed to a one-year deal with the Falcons this offseason and passed his physical in June despite a history of knee problems.

After he averaged 4.8 yards per carry and scored 30 touchdowns in 2017 and 2018 combined, Gurley failed to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark last season and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in 15 games.