When Cam Akers went down with a torn Achilles, there was a contingent of Rams fans that pitched the idea of the team signing Todd Gurley. It was never likely to happen, but they did acquire his college teammate, Sony Michel.
The two former Georgia Bulldogs stay in touch to date after playing together at Georgia, and after the Rams traded for Michel, Gurley texted him. Gurley congratulated Michel on the move, which the new Rams running back found cool.
That was in addition to a tweet Gurley shared after the trade was announced.
“That’s my guy. Me and Todd, we talk,” Michel said Thursday. “He sent me a text similar to that tweet. He kept it simple, congratulated me on the move. I’m sure he knows what kind of system I’m coming into, so thought that was pretty cool.”
Michel joins a backfield that also features Darrell Henderson Jr., who the Rams drafted in 2018 while Gurley was still in Los Angeles. The balance of touches between Henderson and Michel hasn’t been worked out yet, but that will become clearer as the season progresses.