Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams activated running back Lance Dunbar, removing him from the PUP list (Physically Unable to Perform), adding him to the 53-man active roster. Dunbar placed on the PUP list shortly after signing with the Rams during the free agency signing period after suffering a knee injury before training camp.
Dunbar, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012, after completing his senior season at the University of North Texas. He was the all-time leading rusher and scorer for UNT and was undrafted, in which he decided to stay in Texas signing with the Cowboys.
Dunbar signed a one-year contract with the Rams after losing Benny Cunningham to free agency, as he signed with the Chicago Bears. Dunbar reunited with Rams running back coach Skip Peete, who coached him in his rookie season with the Cowboys.
Activating Dunbar, the Rams will be getting a determined player who has put the reality of life before the game of football. Dunbar and his family were victims of Hurricane Katrina where they were displaced and relocated to Dallas, Texas.
Lance Dunbar Talks About Finishing What He Started
Jared Goff, the Rams starting quarterback, has been given yet another weapon to the already talented Rams offense. Primarily used a third down back early in his career, Dunbar brings the same style of talent such as Chris Thompson of the Washington Redskins, to this offense.
Dunbar speed allows him to explode through holes created by the offensive line and very shifty as a runner. (See Video)
Lance Dunbar Explodes Through Hole For Big Gain
Dunbar’s ability as a versatile run/catch running back, it allows the Rams to have another change of pace back to their offense. Not only as a runner, he can hurt the opposing defenses with he great catching ability. As a third down back, teams have to account for Dunbar, because he can take a screen pass and take it the distance. As a runner in the open field, he is very shifty and has the ability to make a defender miss on a tackle.
Being lined up outside as a receiver is where Dunbar becomes very dangerous and an added plus to the offense. He has the skill of lining up and running passing routes with the ability of any receiver in the league. He posses great hands where the ball rarely touches the ground. He can’t be covered with an average linebacker or safety, as he simply can outrun them on the field.
Dunbar has had a history of not being able to remain healthy as a player. I simply believe the eight-game vacation on the PUP, actually makes him more of a stronger runner moving forward this season.
Head Coach Sean McVay has been dealt a great hand thus far and played his cards almost to perfection. With a backfield that gives you the talent of Todd Gurley, and he can be substituted with a Tavon Austin and Lance Dunbar, two very speedy and shift backs. This offense has now be named “The Greatest Show On Turf 2.0”, by many Ram fans, spinning off from the great days of the “Greatest Show On Turf.”
That Offense premiered the likes of HOF (Hall of Fame) running back Marshall Faulk, receivers Az’ Hakim, Isaac Bruce, and Torrey Holt, and HOF quarterback Kurt Warner, who engineered this Dick Vermeil coached Rams team, with the craftiness play calling by Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz.
Martz who would take over as head coach after Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV and the surprise retirement of Vermeil, lead the Rams back to Super Bowl XXXVI, but lost to the New England Patriots, came under fire after critical comments he made in regards to the hiring of Sean McVay becoming the Rams new head coach.
Mike Martz Critical Remarks Of Sean McVay
Martz comments only rubbed off on many Ram fans, but as well to his colleagues around the league. McVay is a young offensive scientist who have had nothing but success in his offense, and the players he brought in whether through free agency or draft selections.
McVay landing Dunbar as a Ram Was quick to mention that he would use Dunbar exactly like he used Thompson in Washington. Hey Mike Martz, with that salty taste in your mouth about McVay, should be tasting quite sweet by now.
The Rams host the Houston Texans tomorrow after new at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where it was expected to be a great game to the loss of the Texans starting quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Nonetheless, the Rams have opened up as a 11 ½ point favored against the Texans, which is the biggest point spread for the Rams in over ten seasons. So please, if you’re not doing anything tomorrow, make plans to come out and fill the stands and route on your first place Los Angeles Rams.