When the Falcons signed Todd Gurley to a one-year deal worth a reported $5.5 million this offseason, the 25-year-old knew what's at stake.
"Each year you've got to prove yourself," Gurley said. "Nobody cares about what you're doing in this league, you've got to prove yourself each week, you've got to prove yourself each year.
After tearing his ACL in his final season at Georgia before being selected as the No. 10 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, questions regarding the condition of Gurley's knee were quickly put to rest.
His production in his first four seasons showed what he's capable of doing for an offense when healthy.
The two-time AP All-Pro and the three-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 5,404 yards and 58 touchdowns in five seasons. He's also been one of the league's top receiving backs with 218 catches for 2,090 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Ahead of the 2019 season, a report surfaced stating that Gurley has arthritis in his knee. Gurley's production decreased significantly last season and the Rams released Gurley on March 19th.
The following video of Gurley was posted over the weekend giving us an inside look at his training ahead of the upcoming season:
With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting teams from being able to hold a typical offseason program, the Falcons' coaching staff and Gurley have yet to conduct any on-field work together.
Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was asked several questions about how he plans to feature Gurley in his offseason and here's what he had to say:
"He can do everything," Koetter said. "He's an excellent runner, he's good in the pass game [and] he can protect. The main question no one seems to know is, 'What's his health status? What is his workload?'"
Gurley is ready for a "fresh start" with the Falcons and is excited for the opportunity to play with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.
"I'm just excited for the opportunity to come play football in Atlanta," Gurley said. "To be with one of the best receivers, a great QB, an MVP. Like I said, I'm just excited, honestly. For the most part, whatever I can do as far as helping the team out, I'll just play my role."