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Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Running Back #28
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 8
Team:LA Chargers
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 215 lb.
College:Wisconsin
Age:26
Born:April 13, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 1 (15)
Draft Team:SD

Melvin Gordon: Still working toward extension

Gordon said Saturday he still hopes to work things out with the Chargers, Jeff Miller of The Los Angeles Times reports. "Like, that's the team who blessed me with an opportunity," Gordon said. "But it's an opportunity right now where I know I need to take advantage of it. You know, I want to get paid. That's just kind of what it is. Hopefully I end up a Charger."

Analysis: Despite his generally favorable view of the team, Gordon's recent threat of a holdout or trade demand suggests he and the Chargers remain far apart on financial details of a contract extension. Although it helps Gordon's case that the team is well stocked for another playoff run around a 37-year-old quarterback, the Chargers presumably are hesitant to commit to a 26-year-old at a position where most players flame out by their late 20s. Gordon did reach a new level of per-game and per-touch efficiency last season, but he also missed four contests in the process of eclipsing 200 touches for a sixth straight year (dating back to college). Recent NFL history shows few running backs that have been able to maintain that type of workload for longer than Gordon already has. As thing currently stand, he's schedule for $5.6 million salary in 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. His agent has already acknowledged the possibility of a holdout stretching into the regular season if Gordon doesn't receiver his desired extension or trade.

July 14, 2019 9:23 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Could skip regular-season games

Gordon's agent said there's a "strong possibility" the running back will hold out into the regular season if he doesn't receive a new contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Analysis: Gordon reportedly will ask for a trade if he doesn't get his contract before July 24 when the Chargers report to training camp. The team still hopes to reach an agreement, but Gordon's public reveal of his plan for a holdout suggests the two sides are far apart on money. Despite missing four games last season, the 26-year-old achieved personal bests in a slew of statistical categories, including yards per carry (5.1), yards per target (7.4), scrimmage yards per game (114.6) and total touchdowns (14). Backup running back Austin Ekeler also had an efficient campaign, but he struggled when tasked with a larger role, averaging 3.2 YPC and 3.8 YPT in three starts. Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome are the other leading candidates to see carries if things ultimately don't work out between Gordon and the Chargers.

July 11, 2019 8:15 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Preparing for holdout or trade

Gordon doesn't plan to report to training camp unless he signs a contract extension first, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old is scheduled for a $5.6 million salary in 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. It's a nice bargain for the Chargers after Gordon answered long-standing concerns about his efficiency with impressive marks of 5.1 yards per carry and 7.4 yards per target last season, though he missed four games along the way. His agent, Fletcher Smith, told ESPN he'll demand a trade if Gordon doesn't receive his desired contract before the start of training camp in late July.

July 11, 2019 7:11 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Wants new contract

Gordon said he's discussing a new contract with the Chargers, ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams reports.

Analysis: Gordon is scheduled for a $5.6 million salary in 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. He's participating in mandatory minicamp this week, but he sounded a bit hesitant when asked about the idea of playing in games without a new contract. Gordon mentioned Todd Gurley and David Johnson as examples of running backs that have received long-term extensions. Both players have been more efficient than Gordon in terms of yards per carry and yards per target, but the 26-year-old did show major progress last season -- 5.1 YPC, 7.4 YPT -- after the Chargers finally improved their persistently troublesome offensive line.

June 12, 2019 6:38 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Plans to stay with Chargers

Gordon is confident he will reach a long-term agreement with the Chargers, but first he wants to see the contract Le'Veon Bell ends up signing, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Scheduled to make $5.6 million in 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, Gordon helped his own cause this past season despite missing four games, producing career-high marks for yards per carry (5.1), yards per target (7.4) and touchdowns (14). His struggles in terms of YPC had been a major point of contention, with the 2015 first-round pick finishing below 4.0 in each of his previous three NFL seasons. In addition to the newfound efficiency, Gordon saw his value rise when backup Austin Ekeler managed just 3.2 YPC and 3.8 YPT in three starts. Gordon now has a much stronger argument to be paid as an elite running back, and he may even get his desired contract before he celebrates his 26th birthday in mid-April.

February 1, 2019 7:40 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Quiet in playoff exit

Gordon rushed nine times for 15 yards and a touchdown while catching one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 41-28 Divisional Round loss to New England.

Analysis: While Gordon didn't have an injury designation heading into this contest, it's fair to wonder whether the perpetually banged-up running back was truly healthy considering he's battled recent injuries in both knees. The Chargers were forced to largely abandon the run after facing a 35-7 halftime deficit, but Gordon managed to find the end zone from one yard out late in the third quarter. Los Angeles picked up the fifth-year option on Gordon's rookie contract prior to this season, so he'll be back with the team for the 2019 campaign before potentially hitting free agency.

January 13, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Ready to go Sunday

Gordon (knee) practiced in full Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's divisional-round game at New England, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gordon picked up a minor injury to his left knee during the Chargers' wild-card win in Baltimore but built up his practice reps from none Wednesday to all of them Friday, clearing him to suit up for this weekend's showdown. Considering he's been banged-up for a good portion of the season, he likely is in line for a similar workload from the past three games -- 15.3 touches per game -- while working in a timeshare with Austin Ekeler.

January 11, 2019 11:39 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Logs limited practice

Gordon (knee) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Gordon sat out Wednesday's practice, but his return to the field Thursday puts him on the right track in advance of Sunday's playoff game against the Patriots. We'll circle back Friday to see if the Chargers list their top running back as questionable for the contest or remove Gordon altogether from the team's final injury report of the week.

January 10, 2019 2:35 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Takes seat Wednesday

Gordon (knee) won't practice Wednesday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After churning out 43 yards from scrimmage and one TD on 18 touches in the Chargers' wild-card win at Baltimore, Gordon was diagnosed with a "little knee sprain," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. There isn't much worry about Gordon's availability for Sunday's visit to New England, but he'll take a seat to kick off this week of prep, more as a rest day than anything, per Lynn. The Chargers again seem poised to split backfield work between the banged-up Gordon and Austin Ekeler, who himself earned 15 touches this past weekend.

January 9, 2019 11:53 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Nursing minor knee injury

Gordon is dealing with a minor left knee sprain but isn't believed to be at any risk of missing Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The injury resulted in Gordon's brief departure from the Chargers' wild-card win over the Ravens this past weekend, but the running back was cleared to return to the contest and finished the day with 43 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 18 touches (17 carries, one reception). There's a decent likelihood that Gordon could be listed as a limited or non-participant Wednesday when the Chargers release their first practice report of the week, but the early expectation is that he'll avoid a designation heading into Sunday.

January 8, 2019 8:56 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Key touchdown in wild-card upset

Gordon rushed 17 times for 40 yards and a touchdown and secured his only target for three yards in the Chargers' 23-17 wild-card win over the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Unsurprisingly, Gordon found running room to be at a premium throughout the afternoon, but he was able to squirt through a lane on a play that would prove to be the difference in the game. The star running back battled back from a left knee injury that forced his exit from the contest at one point, and he crossed the goal line on 4th down from one yard out early in the fourth quarter to extend the Chargers' lead to 20-3 at the time, pending Michael Badgley's extra point. A play earlier, Gordon had originally been ruled as having broken the plane before the ground caused him to lose control of the ball, but that call was ultimately reversed on replay review. Assuming no further setbacks with his knee, Gordon should naturally play a pivotal role versus the Patriots in next Sunday's divisional playoff clash.

January 6, 2019 2:09 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Returns to game

Gordon, who was forced out of Sunday's wild-card game against the Ravens with a left knee injury, was able to return to the contest.

Analysis: Great news for the Chargers, who held a 6-0 lead in the contest upon Gordon's return to action in the second quarter. Austin Ekeler remains on hand to spell Gordon and work in a complementary role out of the Chargers' backfield Sunday.

January 6, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Exits game with knee injury

Gordon was forced out of Sunday's wild-card game against the Ravens with a knee injury, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After hurting his knee, Gordon headed to the locker room to be evaluated. Prior to his exit from the game, the running back ran three times for eight yards. Next up for the Chargers' carries in Gordon's absence is Austin Ekeler.

January 6, 2019 10:38 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Full practice participant Wednesday

Gordon (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday.

Analysis: Considering the lack of limitations with his workload, Gordon isn't worse for wear as a result of the ankle injury that forced an early exit from the Chargers' season-closing win at Denver. Assuming he avoids any setbacks in the coming days, he'll prepare in earnest for a rematch Sunday with the Ravens, who contained him to 54 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown on 15 touches Week 16. Gordon may experience a healthy bump in reps if his backup Austin Ekeler is at all hindered by a groin issue this weekend.

January 2, 2019 3:13 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Should be fine for playoffs

Gordon, who suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-9 win over the Broncos, is expected to play in the Chargers' wild-card matchup with the Ravens during the upcoming weekend, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: Schefter's report essentially supports what Gordon had to say about the injury after the Week 17 victory. The running back indicated that he merely "tweaked" the ankle and suggested he could have returned to the contest if needed, but Los Angeles elected to keep him on the sideline as a precaution. It's likely that Gordon will receive some extra maintenance in practices over the next few days, but once the weekend arrives, he should be ready to fill his usual high-volume role out of the backfield in what will mark his postseason debut.

December 31, 2018 6:54 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Picks up ankle injury in finale

Gordon said he "tweaked" his ankle during Sunday's 23-9 win at Denver but expects to be OK for the Chargers' wild-card contest at Baltimore next weekend, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Prior to his departure in the fourth quarter, Gordon had 10 carries for 42 yards and three receptions (on three targets) for 24 yards to his name. According to the running back, he could have taken the field again, but the Chargers held him out as a precaution. Taking over as the lead runner, Austin Ekeler proceeded to punch it in to the end zone from one yard out on the drive in which Gordon had his last rush. Any sort of limitations for Gordon in practice this week will result in Ekeler handling first-team reps.

December 30, 2018 5:24 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Lone touchdown salvages uneven performance

Gordon (knee) carried the ball 12 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, while also catching all three of his targets for 13 yards in the 22-10 loss to the Ravens on Saturday.

Analysis: Gordon benefited from a Ravens' fumble to begin the third quarter, taking advantage of nice field position to score his first touchdown following a three-game absence. That was about it in the form of pleasantries, as Gordon and the rest of the Chargers offense simply failed to generate any sort of yardage against a swarming Ravens' defense. Perhaps more alarming, Gordon was often subbed out in passing situations, in part due to an unusually bad performance in terms of pass protection, yielding snaps and targets to Justin Jackson who finished with seven catches for 47 yards. There's a real possibility the Chargers will already know their playoffs fate prior to their next scheduled contest, as the Chiefs will play two games (one Sunday night against the Seahawks and Week 17 at 1:00 p.m. EST against the Raiders) before the Chargers take on the Broncos at 4:25 p.m. EST next week. Barring any sort of "schedule flexing" shenanigans, should the Chiefs win both of those contests, Gordon along with a number of other key skill position players could run the risk of taking a seat for precautionary reasons with the No. 5 seed already set in stone.

December 22, 2018 9:09 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Slated to play Saturday night

Gordon (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday night's game against the Ravens, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.

Analysis: Gordon, who has missed the Chargers' past three games with an MCL issue, is thus poised to return to action Saturday and assuming no in-game setbacks, he should be ready to head the team's Week 16 backfield. That said, it remains to be seen how close to his normal workload he'll see in his first game back, with coach Anthony acknowledging via Ross Tucker of SiriusXM that "Melvin's practiced all week and he's doing fine. I don't know that he's himself but he's going to play." With Austin Ekeler (neck) listed as doubtful and expected to be inactive, Justin Jackson will be next in line for carries when the Chargers wish to spell Gordon this weekend.

December 20, 2018 12:47 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: On track for Saturday

Gordon (knee) is expected to suit up Saturday night against Baltimore, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This report is hardly out of the box, as Gordon logged a full practice Tuesday where he was described as "full speed," effectively shedding his injury tag. Whether or not he returns to his old workload immediately is another question, though the rest of the backfield behind him isn't at 100 percent, with Austin Ekeler (neck) missing back-to-back practices this week. When Gordon does make his return for the Chargers -- who are looking to improve playoff seeding -- he'll face a stingy Baltimore run defense that has allowed the second fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in both standard and PPR formats.

December 20, 2018 6:15 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Logs full practice Tuesday

Gordon (knee) was a full practice participant Tuesday.

Analysis: Gordon's listing on the injury report follows coach Anthony Lynn telling Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com that the running back was "full speed" in Tuesday's session. As a result, the Chargers are slated to have their workhorse running back available for Saturday's matchup with the Ravens' third-ranked run defense (87.6 yards per game). With Austin Ekeler (head/neck) still in the concussion protocol, Gordon won't have as much competition for reps, though Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome will be on hand to give him a breather in his first appearance since Week 12.

December 18, 2018 2:56 PM EST

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