Melvin Gordon

Denver Broncos
Running Back #28
Denver Broncos
Running Back #28
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Melvin Gordon News

Joined by second-round RB

Second-round draft pick Javonte Williams has joined Gordon in the Broncos' backfield, Ben Swanson of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Broncos moved up five spots in the 2021 draft in order to select Williams. Per GM George Paton, Williams was "one of (the team's) favorite players in the draft" and the North Carolina product will help fill the void created by the offseason departure of Phillip Lindsay. At this stage, Gordon remains atop Denver's running back depth chart, but Williams, whose prospect profile is highlighted by his ability to run through defenders, is going to be hard to keep of the field. As a result, some form of a time-share figures to develop once Williams gets acclimated to the pro game. Also on hand in the team's backfield are Mike Boone and Royce Freeman.

May 2, 2021 12:28 PM EST

Avoids DUI charge

The DUI charges against Gordon have been dismissed, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The running back plead guilty to reckless driving for excessive speeding, but he'll escape the more serious charges. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll escape NFL punishment, but it can't hurt his chances. Gordon is signed through 2021, with $4.5 million in guaranteed salary and a $2 million camp reporting bonus, per Mike Klis of 9News Denver.

Mar 10, 2021 8:02 AM EST

Enters not guilty plea

Gordon's attorneys entered a not guilty plea for his DUI charge from Oct. 14, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Gordon recently had a virtual court hearing, and his next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24. It sounds like the case will be resolved within the next few months, so Gordon could be suspended for the start of the 2021 regular season. He'll be entering the second season of a two-year contract, after rushing for 986 yards and nine touchdowns in his first year with the Broncos.

Jan 14, 2021 8:34 AM EST

Totals 1,114 yards, 10 touchdowns

Gordon ran for 986 yards and nine touchdowns on 215 carries in 2020.  He added 32 catches on 44 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown. He lost four fumbles during the season.

Analysis: The debate in Denver heading into the season was how the Broncos would find ways to get the ball into the hands of their two talented backs -- Gordon and Phillip Lindsay.  The answer was largely just to feed Gordon. Gordon averaged 16.5 touches per game to Lindsay's 11.4 during the 2020 season and the raw touch numbers show greater disparity as Lindsay missed five full games with toe, knee and hip injuries. Gordon proved to be the difference in a couple of Denver's wins, including those against the Jets and Dolphins. His abilities as an inside runner and in the passing game also seemed to make him a better fit than Lindsay in Pat Shurmur's offense. Gordon's fumbles were a major issue and arguably cost the Broncos the season opener against Tennessee and almost came back to bite them against Miami. He also faces a suspension stemming from a DUI to start the 2021 campaign. The offseason won't, however, have as many questions as last: Gordon is the lead back in Mile High.

Jan 12, 2021 7:25 PM EST

Wraps up solid season

Gordon carried the ball 26 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and caught four of six targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 32-31 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: His first season in Denver proved to be a fruitful one, as Gordon finished the campaign with 986 rushing yards and nine TDs in 15 games, although he didn't contribute as much as a receiver as he had in his last few years as a Charger. With Phillip Lindsay a restricted free agent in the offseason, Gordon could well find himself taking on a bigger workload in 2021 if the Broncos don't prioritize bringing in more backfield help next year.

Jan 3, 2021 9:10 PM EST

Solid performance in loss

Gordon carried the ball 16 times for 79 yards in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: He just missed posting a yards per carry of at least 5.0 for the fourth straight game, and Gordon saw his largest carry volume since Week 7. With Phillip Lindsay (hip) on IR, expect Gordon to see a big workload again in Week 17 against a vulnerable Raiders defense that just gave up 169 scrimmage yards and two TDs to the Dolphins' Myles Gaskin.

Dec 27, 2020 7:06 PM EST

In line to lead backfield Sunday

Gordon is set to be the Broncos' lead back Sunday versus the Chargers with Phillip Lindsay (hip/knee) sidelined and Royce Freeman (hip) questionable for the contest, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: When Lindsay sat out Weeks 2 through 4 earlier this season, Gordon drew 58 touches, turning them into 240 yards from scrimmage and three TDs. During that same three-game stretch, Freeman earned 12 touches, but with his status up in the air for Week 16, Gordon may be poised for 20-plus touches for the third time on the campaign.

Dec 25, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Notches pair of rushing scores

Gordon ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, adding four receptions for 20 yards during Saturday's 48-19 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: The two-time Pro-Bowl back was able to fight through a shoulder issue that curtailed his practice reps throughout the week, notching his third 2020 performance of multiple rushing scores during a lopsided loss to the Bills. Gordon and Phillip Lindsay split the RB carries at an even 11-11, however, the 27-year-old was far more effective in generating a 5.5 yards-per-carry average (compared to Lindsay's 3.5 YPC). The Wisconsin product continues to ride a solid streak of play with 429 scrimmage yards and four total touchdowns over his past five outings. He hopes to fare better in a Week 16 rematch against his former team, after posting just 26 yards on eight carries versus the Chargers on Nov. 1.

Dec 19, 2020 5:50 PM EST

Suits up Saturday

Gordon (shoulder) is listed as active for Saturday afternoon's game against the Bills.

Analysis: As is backfield mate Phillip Lindsay (hip). The stage is thus set for Gordon -- who logged 13 carries for 68 yards and three catches for 23 yards in Denver's Week 14 triumph over the Panthers -- and Lindsay (11 carries for 24 yards, two catches for seven yards) to continue to work in a timeshare on the ground Saturday. That said, Gordon's been more involved as a pass-catcher this season and has notched seven TDs (in 12 games) to Lindsay's one (in 10 contests). The duo will take aim at Buffalo defense that held Pittsburgh's lead back James Conner to 10 carries for 18 yards in a 26-15 win this past Sunday, but overall has surrendered an average of 119.9 rushing yards per game to date.

Dec 19, 2020 12:05 PM EST

Expected to play Saturday

Gordon (shoulder) is expected to suit up for Saturday's game against the Bills, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gordon and backfield mate Phillip Lindsay (hip) are both expected to play versus the Bills, an eventuality which should result in the duo splitting carries fairly evenly, as usual. An official word on Denver's backfield will come when the team's inactives are released ahead of Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff.

Dec 19, 2020 10:24 AM EST

Questionable for Saturday's game

Coach Vic Fangio noted Thursday both Gordon (shoulder) and Phillip Lindsay (hip) will be listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bills, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Analysis: While the duo's status will need to be monitored prior to Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff, Mike Klis of 9News Denver previously relayed via Fangio that that both backs should be fine by the time the game rolls around. If that's the case, Gordon (who logged 13 carries in Week 14) and Lindsay (who carried 11 times) will continue to work in a fairly even time-share in Week 15.

Dec 17, 2020 9:36 AM EST

Should be good for Saturday

Gordon (shoulder) will be limited in Wednesday's practice but is on the right track for Saturday's game against the Bills, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Gordon nicked up his shoulder late during last weekend's win over the Panthers, and he couldn't practice in any capacity Tuesday, so even limited reps represent tangible progress. Coach Vic Fanigo also said that backfield mate Phillip Lindsay (hip) should be available Week 15.

Dec 16, 2020 9:36 AM EST

DNP on Tuesday

Gordon (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Gordon banged up his shoulder in the late stages of Denver's Week 14 victory at Carolina, ending the game with 13 carries for 68 yards and three receptions (on three targets) for 23 yards. Because the Broncos are operating on a short week ahead of Saturday's contest against the Bills, they may just be managing Gordon's reps, especially with Phillip Lindsay (hip) listed as limited Tuesday. With both of the team's top two running backs banged up, Royce Freeman is the only healthy member at the position on the active roster.

Dec 15, 2020 1:20 PM EST

No suspension this season

Gordon (shoulder) has had his plea and sentencing on a DUI charge scheduled for Jan. 14 and will not be at risk of a suspension in 2020, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Gordon will finish out the 2020 campaign without risk of punishment from the NFL after having appeared in court Monday, per Klis. However, he could be handed a possible suspension come 2021. That isn't to say that the 27-year-old's immediate availability isn't without questions, considering that he injured his shoulder late in Sunday's 32-27 win over the Panthers. Gordon has amassed 233 total yards in his last two appearances, but his participation in practice will need to be monitored ahead of Denver's Week 15 game against the Bills.

Dec 14, 2020 8:09 AM EST

Dings shoulder against Panthers

Gordon (shoulder) ran for 68 yards on 13 carries, adding three receptions for 23 yards during Sunday's 32-27 win against Carolina.

Analysis: Gordon banged up his shoulder late in Sunday's win, providing clarification for why Phillip Lindsay shouldered the majority of the RB work over the latter stages of the contest, per Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site. Practice involvement for the two-time Pro-Bowl back will merit monitoring this upcoming week, but he has been rather efficient of late when on the field, delivering 5.5 yards per carry with two rushing scores over his past five outings. Immediately prior to that, Gordon had been held to 4.0 yards per carry or worse in three consecutive games Weeks 7 through 9. An upcoming matchup against the Bills is not as formidable as it was this time last year, with Buffalo ranking 24th against the run in 2020.

Dec 13, 2020 2:25 PM EST

Busts out for 131 rushing yards

Gordon rushed 15 times for 131 yards while catching one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: The Broncos had the Chiefs on the brink of defeat for more than half of the contest, and Gordon's rushing onslaught played a big role in the near-upset. The veteran back has shown us flashes of why he was considered one of the league's top rushers before falling out with the Chargers, but the lack of consistency has made him frustrating to rely on in fantasy. A chunk of the blame can be placed on mediocre quarterback play and injuries on the offensive line, but excuses are not traditionally a scoring category in weekly matchups. That being said, a gratuitous matchup against a porous Panthers defense (25.6 fantasy points per game to opposing RBs) lies ahead for managers potentially heading into the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 6, 2020 10:33 PM EST

Stymied in tough Week 12 matchup

Gordon registered 31 rushing yards on 12 carries during Sunday's 31-3 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: Gordon was running into stacked boxes throughout the afternoon, as recent practice squad addition Kendall Hinton posed virtually no threat as a passer with one completion all game. The two-time Pro Bowler took a handful of snaps from the Wildcat formation, but he was stymied to just 2.6 yards per carry in the contest, also finishing without a reception for a third consecutive game. Denver's offense could look more formidable Week 13 for a road trip to Arrowhead Stadium if Drew Lock is removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Kansas City's rush defense has been susceptible, ranking 27th on the season, but Denver may be forced into a pass-heavy game script if trailing in the second half.

Nov 29, 2020 5:47 PM EST

Should be busy Sunday

With Kendall Hinton slated to fill in at QB for the Broncos on Sunday against the Saints, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News expects " a steady diet of Hinton handing off" to Gordon and Phillip Lindsay.

Analysis: Gordon ran 15 times for 84 yards and two TDs in last weekend's win over the Dolphins, while Lindsay logged 16 carries for 82 yards in that contest. Both should remain busy Sunday, with Hinton, who's been working as a wideout on the team's practice squad but does have college QB experience, subbing in due to the fact that the team's usual signal-callers are unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols. Denver's third running back, Royce Freeman, is also a candidate to see added Week 12 snaps, perhaps as a wildcat option. As Renck points out, the Saints "know the run is coming," but given the timing and unique situation in play here, the Broncos' play-calling options are limited.

Nov 29, 2020 9:31 AM EST

Two TDs in win over Dolphins

Gordon carried the ball 15 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Phillip Lindsay produced nearly identical numbers (16 carries for 82 yards) in terms of volume, but it was Gordon who scored the Broncos' only two TDs of the afternoon. The duo will likely have a much tougher time finding running room in Week 12 against a Saints defense that just held Todd Gurley to 29 scrimmage yards.

Nov 22, 2020 5:50 PM EST

Limited usage in lopsided loss

Gordon registered 46 rushing yards on 11 carries while failing to haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 37-12 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Backfield mate Phillip Lindsay was seldom deployed during Sunday's divisional defeat, notching just four touches, but Gordon's involvement faded as well with the Broncos falling into a 14-point deficit by the start of the fourth quarter. Denver elected to throw 47 times to just 19 team rush attempts in an attempt to come from behind, but a lost fumble from DaeSean Hamilton along with a late interception from Drew Lock eliminated any hope for a comeback in the final frame. The two-time Pro Bowl back has now been held to 26 or fewer rushing yards in three straight games heading into a Week 11 matchup against a Dolphins defense that contained Chargers back to 3.6 yards per attempt during a Week 10 win.

Nov 15, 2020 5:43 PM EST

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