Melvin Gordon

Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #28
Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #28

Melvin Gordon News

Expected to sign with Kansas City

Gordon is expected to sign a practice-squad deal with the Chiefs on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Denver waived Gordon following a Week 11 fumble, and the running back went unclaimed through waivers due to his sizable contract. However, he's since found a new home in Kansas City and could crack the Chiefs' backfield rotation, which is currently lead by rookie Isiah Pacheco. Gordon fumbled 12 times (nine lost) across 37 appearances with the Broncos, but he'll look to put those issues behind him in Kansas City. In his eight-year career, the 29-year-old has rushed for 6,462 yards and 55 touchdowns, while securing 309 receptions for 2,467 yards and an additional 14 scores.

Nov 28, 2022 1:34 PM EST

Clears waivers Tuesday

Gordon went unclaimed on waivers Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Broncos cut ties with Gordon on Monday after two-and-a-half seasons with the team. While he racked up at least 900 rushing yards at a nearly 4.6-YPC clip in both of the last two campaigns, he fell back to 3.5 yards per carry this year. Gordon's issues with fumbles persisted, too, as he finished his Denver tenure with 12 (nine lost) in 37 appearances. Now that he's through waivers, the 29-year-old is free to sign with any organization.

Nov 22, 2022 2:01 PM EST

Let go by Broncos

Gordon was waived by the Broncos on Monday.

Analysis: Gordon has struggled with ball security all season, and his fumble by the goal line in the second quarter of Sunday's overtime loss to the Raiders was the last straw. Latavius Murray projects to take on the lead role in a Denver backfield that also includes Marlon Mack and Chase Edmonds (ankle). Despite his fumbling issues, Gordon could draw some interest on waivers given the 29-year-old running back's status as a four-time 900-yard rusher.

Nov 21, 2022 10:36 AM EST

Loses work after fumble

Gordon rushed the ball eight times for 31 yards in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Raiders. He added five receptions for 39 yards.

Analysis: Gordon narrowly led the Denver backfield in the first half, tallying five carries for 26 yards. However, he fumbled by the goal line late in the second quarter. While the Broncos were able to recover, the miscue led to a missed field-goal attempt rather than a potential touchdown. Gordon has also struggled to hold onto the ball this season, fumbling five times in 10 games. As a result, he was effectively benched in the second half but was forced into change-of-pace duties with Chase Edmonds (ankle) sidelined. If Edmonds is able to return for Week 12, it's possible that Gordon slips further down the depth chart.

Nov 20, 2022 7:00 PM EST

Manages 70 total ayrds

Gordon rushed the ball seven times for 24 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Titans. He added four receptions on six targets for 46 yards.

Analysis: Gordon started the game and played the first couple offensive possessions, but he ultimately was out-carried by Latavius-Murray 9-7. However, Gordon was superior in his work as a receiver, as he finished second on the team in targets and topped 40 receiving yards in a game for the second time this season. While Gordon has maintained a fairly even split in the work out of the backfield, it remains to be seen if Chase Edmonds will force a further split as he becomes more familiar with the Denver offense.

Nov 13, 2022 6:07 PM EST

Remains starting running back

GM George Paton said Tuesday that Gordon still is the Broncos' starting running back, despite the Broncos acquiring Chase Edmonds in the Bradley Chubb trade with the Dolphins, Zac Stevens of reports.

Analysis: Since Javonte Williams went down with a torn ACL in Week 4, Gordon has seen at least 52 percent of the offensive snaps in three of four games, with the exception a season-low 15 percent Week 6. Overall, Gordon racked up 46 touches for 213 yards from scrimmage and one rushing TD during that stretch, while Latavius Murray and Mike Boone (ankle, now on IR) combined for 57 touches. Clearly, there are reps available in the Broncos backfield, and Paton indicated Edmonds won't necessarily challenge Gordon for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. As a result, Gordon should continue to be involved while ceding touches to Murray and Edmonds moving forward.

Nov 1, 2022 3:32 PM EST

Faces new threat for backfield work

Gordon and Latavius Murray could see their opportunities out of the Denver backfield take a hit after the Broncos acquired Chase Edmonds from the Dolphins on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Denver and Miami executed a blockbuster deal ahead of the trade deadline, with Edmonds, a 2023 first-round pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick going to the Broncos in exchange for outside linebacker Bradley Chubb and a 2025 fifth-round selection. Edmonds had been in the midst of a disappointing first season in Miami and was struggling to find playing time behind Raheem Mostert, but the duo of Gordon and Murray likely represents less imposing competition for snaps and touches. Gordon and Murray had essentially split the work the past two weeks, with the former playing 53.6 percent of the snaps and carrying 20 times for 62 yards and a touchdown to go with five receptions for 40 yards between those contests. Murray, meanwhile, averaged 3.2 yards on 22 carries over those two weeks and hasn't made much of an impact as a receiver in recent seasons, so the door could be open for Edmonds to seize control of a three-down role. At least initially coming out of the Broncos' Week 9 week, Edmonds could be part of a three-headed timeshare in the backfield that would limit the fantasy upside of Edmonds, Gordon and Murray.

Nov 1, 2022 11:41 AM EST

Finds way to end zone

Gordon rushed the ball nine times for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Jaguars. He added three receptions for 23 yards.

Analysis: Latavius Murray led the Denver backfield with 15 touches compared to Gordon's 12. However, Gordon still managed a productive fantasy performance thanks to a one-yard touchdown plunge midway through the third quarter. He has now failed to reach 35 rushing yards in five of his last six games and continues to lose work to Murray.

Oct 30, 2022 11:55 AM EST

Leads backfield split against Jets

Gordon rushed the ball 11 times for 33 yards in Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Jets. He added two receptions for 17 yards.

Analysis: As promised by coach Nathaniel Hackett, Gordon both started and led the Broncos' backfield against the Jets. However, he only out-touched Latavius Murray 13-10 and was also off the field during the team's only touchdown drive of the game. While Gordon may be the starter in name, Denver's backfield appears to be a near even split between Gordon and Murray. If the offense continues to struggle, neither back is likely to produce at a significant clip.

Oct 23, 2022 8:46 PM EST

Named as starter this week

Coach Nathaniel Hackett said Gordon will start Sunday's game against the Jets, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: It's a surprising proclamation just two days after Gordon was limited to three touches and 16 percent snap share despite getting the start in a 19-16 loss to the Chargers. The Broncos used Latavius Murray (15 carries for 66 yards) as their lead runner after the first couple drives, while Mike Boone (one carry, four targets) came on for a lot of passing situations. The rotation will need to be closely monitored each week, with Hackett noting Wednesday that Murray will also continue to get work, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Oct 19, 2022 11:43 AM EST

Loses grip on role

Gordon had three rushes for eight yards in Monday's 19-16 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Gordon started the game in his typical role as Denver's lead back, tallying three carries on the opening drive. However, he was benched from there, with Latavius Murray racking up 15 carries in his place. Gordon entered the game with a questionable tag due to a neck and rib injury, though he told media after the game that he was physically fine to play, per George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette. It's unclear why the swtich was made or if it will carry forward, but Gordon has fumbled four times -- two were lost -- on only 55 carries to begin the season.

Oct 17, 2022 10:34 PM EST

Suits up Monday

Gordon (neck/ribs) is listed as active for Monday night's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Gordon was limited in practice this past week, but he'll be out there Monday night and barring any in-game setbacks he's in line to continue to lead Denver's backfield, with Mike Boone and possibly Latavius Murray also factoring into the mix, given that Javonte Williams (knee) is out for the rest of the season. They'll be facing a Chargers defense that has allowed an average of 130.4 rushing yards per game to date.

Oct 17, 2022 3:59 PM EST

Questionable for Monday

Gordon (neck/ribs) is listed as questionable Monday's contest against the Chargers, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Analysis: It seems as if Gordon has a shot at playing in the pivotal divisional contest given the veteran practiced at limited capacity all week, but the team will likely have more information available throughout the weekend. The 29-year-old should be primed for a positive fantasy outing if he's able to play considering the Chargers have allowed 100-yard rushers in three consecutive games.

Oct 15, 2022 12:48 PM EST

Logs another limited practice

Gordon (neck/ribs) remained limited at practice Friday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: At this stage there's nothing to suggest that Gordon's status for Monday night's game against the Chargers is in any danger, but he'll likely need to be listed as a full participant in Saturday's practice in order to avoid a Week 6 injury designation. Assuming he's active versus Los Angeles, Gordon is in line to continue to lead the Broncos' backfield, with Mike Boone and possibly Latavius Murray also factoring in now that Javonte Williams (knee) is out for the season.

Oct 14, 2022 2:35 PM EST

Limited Thursday

Gordon (neck/ribs) was listed as limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: As was fellow running back Mike Boone (foot), with the duo among 12 players listed as limited by the Broncos on Thursday. Gordon, who has taken over as Denver's lead back with Javonte Williams (knee) out for the season, will now have two more chances to upgrade to full practice participation ahead of Monday night's game against the Chargers. If so, he should approach the contest minus an injury designation, as was the case leading up to his team's Week 5 loss to the Colts.

Oct 13, 2022 2:56 PM EST

Garners 103 total yards in loss

Gordon rushed 15 times for 54 yards and secured all three targets for 49 yards during the Broncos' 12-9 overtime loss to the Colts on Thursday night.

Analysis: Playing in his first game as the true lead back in the absence of Javonte Williams (knee), Gordon turned in a gutsy effort on the ground against one of the league's elite run defenses. He rounded out his relatively modest production nicely through the air, with his reception and receiving yardage tally checking in third on the night for the Broncos. Gordon also encouragingly remained free of turnovers after committing four fumbles and losing two over the first four games of the season, and he'll aim for even stronger production against his old Chargers squad in a Week 6 Monday night road showdown on Oct. 17.

Oct 6, 2022 9:40 PM EST

Viewed as featured back by OC

Offensive coordinator Justin Outten implied that Gordon (neck), who was a limited participant in Tuesday's walk-through practice, will be the Broncos' featured back in Thursday's game against the Colts, Zac Stevens of reports. "With Melvin, he's going to carry the load, obviously. We'll have a mix of [Mike] Boone and then after that we got to figure out who can spell and who feels best in that position," Outten said.

Analysis: Outten's comments about Gordon are a notable departure from what Nathaniel Hackett had to say earlier in the day about the Denver backfield situation in the wake of Javonte Williams' (knee) season-ending injury, with the head coach refusing to name a new lead back, per Stevens. Hackett may have just wanted to keep his plans close to the vest, but Outten's candor perhaps offers fantasy managers some more clarity about the Broncos' intentions as Thursday's game approaches. Gordon has already fumbled four times in 2022 and is averaging a pedestrian 3.8 yards per carry, but his wealth of experience looks like it'll at least give him the initial edge over Boone to replace Williams as the top option at running back. Outten's omission of the newly signed Latavius Murray from the backfield conversation suggests that the 32-year-old is likely to have only a small role for Denver in Week 5 if he's active at all, though Murray could push for more work as he settles into his new surroundings and if Gordon and Boone underwhelm in their snaps against the Colts.

Oct 4, 2022 1:39 PM EST

Stays limited in walk-through

Gordon (neck) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's walk-through practice.

Analysis: The neck issue doesn't seem to be a serious threat to Gordon's availability for Thursday's game against the Colts, as the veteran back was limited on two occasions last week due to the same injury before he approached Sunday's eventual loss to the Raiders without a designation. Gordon's fantasy outlook has improved in the wake of Javonte Williams (knee) suffering a season-ending injury in that contest, but the 29-year-old won't necessarily have a clear-cut path to the No. 1 role out of the backfield, as head coach Nathaniel Hackett reiterated Tuesday that he hasn't committed on a starter for the Week 5 contest, per Zac Stevens of Though he has a longer track record of success in the NFL than Mike Boone and hasn't bounced around the league as much as new signee Latavius Murray, Gordon's fumbling habit likely explains Hackett's hesitancy to name him the Broncos' new starting back. Gordon has already coughed up the ball four times this season, with his most recent fumble in Sunday's loss getting returned for a touchdown. For what it's worth, Hackett told Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site that Gordon had a "great mental day" at Tuesday's practice, which offers some hope that he might be back in the staff's good graces as Thursday's game approaches.

Oct 4, 2022 12:43 PM EST

Limited on practice estimate

Gordon (neck) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Gordon managed a neck issue ahead of Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Raiders, but he approached the contest minus an injury designation before suiting up and logging three carries for eight yards and a fumble. At this stage, there's nothing to suggest that Gordon's availability for Thursday night's game against the Colts is in any danger, and assuming he's active, added snaps and carries will be available to Gordon and Mike Boone, with fellow running back Javonte Williams having suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Oct 3, 2022 3:05 PM EST

In line for increased volume

With Javonte Williams having suffered a season-ending knee injury, Gordon is in line to see an expanded role in Denver's backfield in the weeks ahead, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Though Gordon has fumbled four times in as many games this season while sharing work with Williams, the 29-year-old's experience as a lead back makes him the obvious choice to see an uptick in volume in Denver's backfield, with Mike Boone also likely in line to log increased work and Devine Ozigbo a candidate to be elevated from Denver's practice squad.

Oct 3, 2022 10:46 AM EST

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