It is no secret that the Los Angeles Rams are going to be a run-heavy offense this season. With a rookie quarterback in Jared Goff and a relative lack of receiving weapons, the team is likely going to be led by Todd Gurley and the rest of their running backs. However, the Rams need to find a suitable backup for Gurley in the 2016 season, and Aaron Green might be the best option on the team’s roster.
Despite having a great career at TCU and running for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, Green was an undrafted free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft likely thanks to his 5-foot-11, 205-pound frame. That’s not bad size for a running back by any means, but it will likely limit him to being a rotational guy.
Regardless, Green managed to land in a good situation with the Rams. As mentioned earlier, the Rams really need a do-it-all backup who can run between the tackles and catch passes if necessary. Right now, Green’s main competition will be Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham, and the two of them are not exactly going to be tough to beat out.
Last season, Mason had a very rough year. He only averaged a paltry 2.8 yards per carry and has run into some off the field trouble this offseason. As for Cunningham, he is a solid receiving back, but he is not really that good of a between the tackles guy. He should be used as a third down and change of pace back with Green seeing snaps to spell Gurley between the tackles.
At the end of the day, the Rams will need someone to step up and help replace Mason if they elect to part ways with him. Green is a good candidate to back up Gurley and should complement the other backs on the team’s roster very well.