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Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Running Back #28
ADP:Round: 3, Pick: 10
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 215 lb.
College:Wisconsin
Age:27
Born:April 13, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 1 (15)
Draft Team:SD

Melvin Gordon: Reaches end zone in blowout loss

Gordon registered 68 rushing yards and one touchdown on 17 carries, adding two catches for 12 yards during Sunday's 43-16 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Gordon was forced to sit out last week's win over New England with a case of strep throat, but he was thrust right back into a No. 1 role as Phillip Lindsay exited partway through Sunday's defeat due to a concussion. Lindsay slashed his way his 8.8 yards per carry on nine attempts prior to his departure, while Gordon rushed to a less efficient 4.0 yards-per-rush average, scoring one of Denver's two TDs on the ground. If Linsday sits out Week 8, Gordon would be in line for a bellcow-like workload against the Chargers. Gordon is, however, still awaiting potential discipline from the league regarding an Oct. 14 DUI citation.

October 25, 2020 7:54 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Practicing fully

Gordon (illness) is not listed on the Broncos' Week 7 injury report.

Analysis: Gordon missed Sunday's win over the Patriots due to a case of strep throat, but he was back at practice Wednesday. Now that he's working fully again, Gordon is poised to rejoin the lineup Sunday against the Chiefs, though he now has Phillip Lindsay, who logged 23 carries for 101 yards in his return to action in Week 6, to contend with for carries. It's also worth noting that down the road, Gordon -- who was cited last Tuesday on DUI and speeding charges -- could face punishment from the league, but for now nothing is imminent on the front.

October 21, 2020 2:36 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Practicing Wednesday

Gordon (illness) is present at Wednesday's practice, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gordon missed Sunday's win over the Patriots while battling a case of strep throat, the severity of which also forced him to sit out last Friday's practice, but it looks as though he's now managed to recover. The Broncos' first injury report of the week, scheduled to be released Wednesday afternoon, will reveal whether Gordon was a full practice participant or if his reps were limited while recovering from the ailment.

October 21, 2020 11:22 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Expected back Week 7

Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that he expects Gordon (illness) to resume practicing ahead of Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Gordon missed Week 6's win over the Patriots while dealing with strep throat, and he was also cited late last Tuesday on DUI and speeding charges. However, Fangio's comments that the Broncos will "go back to the plan we had for the opener" if Gordon resumes practicing seems to indicate that the veteran would be in line to play as long as he's healthy. It may also hint that Gordon would stand to split reps fairly evenly with Phillip Lindsay, just as Denver had done out of the gate Week 1.

October 19, 2020 11:38 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Recovering from strep throat

Gordon (illness), who was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, is recovering from a bout with strep throat, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gordon didn't travel with the Broncos to New England on Saturday, ending a turbulent week for the running back, who was cited late Tuesday on DUI and speeding charges. The Broncos chose to hold him out of Wednesday's practice, but Gordon was back at work Thursday before being sent home Friday after feeling sick. Gordon was determined to be dealing with a non-COVID-19-related illness, but he'll still need a few days to recover before likely rejoining the Broncos for practice Week 7. Regarding the off-field incident, the Broncos have chosen not to fine or suspend Gordon, but the 27-year-old could be subject to punishment from the league at a later date. Recent precedent for similar cases typically entails a three-game suspension, but the NFL may elect to wait and see how Gordon's legal process plays out before levying any ban. Gordon's arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13.

October 18, 2020 6:17 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Out ahead of Sunday

Gordon (illness) will not travel with the team to New England and has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The move seems to be billed as a precautionary measure although all indications suggest Gordon is not suffering from a COVID-related illness. It's unclear whether the 27-year-old's legal matters are also factoring into the decision, but in any case Phillip Lindsay, who just returned from a multi-week absence from a toe injury, will be the primary option for most of the running back reps, with Royce Freeman occasionally chipping in a pass catcher out of the backfield.

October 17, 2020 7:11 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Listed as questionable

Gordon (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's scheduled game against the Patriots, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Per Troy Renck of Denver 7 News, coach Vic Fangio isn't sure if Gordon will be active Sunday. The running back -- who was cited for driving under the influence late Tuesday -- is dealing with an illness that's not COVID-related. Renck adds that Gordon is undergoing medical treatment and his status will be determined Saturday. If he's unavailable Sunday, Phillip Lindsay would be in line to head Denver's Week 6 backfield, with Royce Freeman also on hand.

October 16, 2020 12:52 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Sent home with illness

Gordon (illness) was sent home Friday as a precaution, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Per Klis, the running back was feeling ill, but his issue is not COVID-related and Gordon has tested negative for virus. Gordon's status for Sunday's scheduled game against the Patriots was already worth monitoring after the running back was cited for driving under the influence late Tuesday. Additionally, New England's practice was cancelled Friday due to a positive COVID-19 test, so there's several variables in play here with regard to Gordon and his team as the weekend approaches.

October 16, 2020 10:32 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Practices fully, but Sunday status TBD

Gordon (personal) practiced fully Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Gordon, who was cited late Tuesday on DUI and speeding charges, was sent home by the team Wednesday and didn't participate in practice. Per Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post, coach Vic Fangio has yet to commit to having Gordon active for Sunday's game against the Patriots. "We'll make a decision as it relates to us by game-time," Fangio noted Thursday. Even if the Broncos don't decide to deactivate Gordon on Sunday, the running back will likely face NFL discipline down the road. For his part, O'Halloran believes that "reading between Fangio's words suggests Gordon will be in uniform if the Broncos believe the league's likely suspension is enough of a punishment."

October 15, 2020 3:26 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Back at practice

Gordon (personal) returned to practice Thursday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Coach Vic Fangio previously noted that he didn't want Gordon to practice Wednesday as the team and the NFL gathered facts after the running back was cited for driving under the influence late Tuesday. With regard to Gordon's Week 6 playing status, Fangio added at the time that "everything's open right now. We hope to have a decision by (Thursday) or (Friday)." If the Broncos elect to deactivate Gordon on Sunday against the Patriots, Phillip Lindsay would be in line to move into a starting role, with Royce Freeman and LeVante Bellamy also in the team's backfield mix.

October 15, 2020 10:36 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Status for Week 6 TBD

Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that he hopes to make a decision about Gordon's availability for Sunday's contest against the Patriots "by tomorrow or the next day," Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Fangio also said that he requested Gordon, who was cited for a DUI in Denver on Tuesday, not attend Wednesday's practice. He noted that the Broncos are in contact with the league regarding a potential suspension for Gordon, as Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports, and that the team may also considering instituting its own disciplinary measures. Phillip Lindsay would stand to lead Denver's backfield if Gordon indeed ends up missing any time, with Royce Freeman operating as his top backup.

October 14, 2020 12:07 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Not at practice Wednesday

Gordon (personal) didn't practice Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Gordon, who was cited for a DUI on Tuesday, per ESPN's Jeff Legwold, reported to team headquarters Wednesday morning, according to Klis. The running back met with coach Vic Fangio, after which he was sent home for the day. Gordon could face league discipline -- including a potential suspension -- down the road, but we'd expect him to be available for Sunday's game against the Patriots, assuming he returns to practice Thursday or Friday.

October 14, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Charged with DUI

Gordon was charged with a DUI and speeding Tuesday night, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: In a statement released Wednesday, the Broncos noted "we are aware of the situation involving Melvin Gordon. Our organization has been in communication with him and is in the process of gathering more details." Per Renck, "based on NFL precedent, (the running back) is facing a likely 2-to-3 game suspension." The report also notes that Gordon has an arraignment scheduled for Nov. 13. Following the postponement of Week 5's game against the Patriots (now scheduled for Sunday), Gordon and his teammates are slated to return to practice Wednesday.

October 14, 2020 8:45 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Broncos-Patriots postponed again

Gordon and the Broncos won't play the Patriots on Monday after the game was postponed until Week 6 due to a third positive COVID-19 test in the New England organization within the past 10 days, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Broncos and Patriots are now tentatively scheduled to play Sunday, Oct. 18 in Week 6, which was originally a scheduled bye week for New England. Denver meanwhile, had been in line to host the Dolphins, but Miami now looks poised to take its bye Week 6.

October 11, 2020 6:22 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Rescheduled game on for now

Monday's scheduled game between the Broncos and Patriots is still in line to proceed at this stage, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Schefter notes that there will be "further testing (Sunday) morning in New England (and) it takes a few hours to get back those results." Therefore, the NFL "expects to have more answers later" Sunday. The league shut down the Patriots' team facility Sunday morning after one new positive COVID-19 test was reported.

October 11, 2020 4:52 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Rescheduled game in question

The status of Monday's scheduled game between the Broncos and Patriots is reportedly in question after New England's team facility was shut down by the league Sunday morning, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: According to the report, the Patriots "are testing (Sunday) morning and awaiting further direction from the NFL." The game, which had been originally scheduled for 4:25 ET on Sunday, was subsequently rescheduled for Monday at 5:00 ET.

October 11, 2020 4:19 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Game moved to Monday

Gordon and the Broncos are now scheduled to face the Patriots on Monday instead of Sunday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: A pair of prominent Patriots (Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore) have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week, so the move was made to give the Broncos' opponent more time to ensure negative results continue to come in in New England. Assuming the game is played as rescheduled, Gordon will be sharing the backfield again with Phillip Lindsay (toe), who will be back in action for the first time since Week 1.

October 8, 2020 4:16 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Has game-clinching TD run

Gordon rushed 23 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns and secured two of three targets for 11 yards in the Broncos' 37-28 win over the Jets on Thursday night.

Analysis: Gordon had a good amount of experience repeatedly running into loaded fronts during his time with the Chargers, so the veteran running back was undeterred Thursday depite being consistently bottled up for the majority of the contest. However, Gordon broke through at just the right time, exploding for a 43-yard scamper down the left sideline and crossing the goal line with 1:48 remaining to snuff out any threat of a Jets comeback. The 27-year-old also had scored on a one-yard run late in the first half to cap off a nine-play, 75-yard drive. The performance marked Gordon's first 100-yard and multi-touchdown game in a Broncos uniform, and he'll look to follow it up with another strong effort in a Week 5 matchup against the Patriots on Sunday, Oct. 11, although backfield mate Phillip Lindsay (toe) will likely be back for that contest.

October 1, 2020 9:28 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Shut down by stout Bucs front

Gordon collected 26 rushing yards on eight carries, also catching four of six targets for 12 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Gordon enjoyed a solid Week 2 outing against a comparably dominant Steelers rush defense, accumulating 84 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 21 offensive touches. As Jeff Driskel picked up the start against Tampa Bay, Gordon got out to a sluggish start with seven yards on his four first-quarter rush attempts. From there, game flow largely mitigated Gordon's usage, as Denver felt into a 17-3 hole at the 6:35 mark of the second quarter. Things may be looking up for Gordon heading into a Thursday night matchup against the Jets, however, as Gang Green has given up more than 4.6 yards per carry to opposing RBs in 2020.

September 27, 2020 5:32 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Finds end zone vs. Steelers

Gordon carried 19 times for 70 yards while catching two of three targets for 14 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Gordon found the going tough against a stingy Pittsburgh defense as he finished averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. He managed to bring in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Driskel in the fourth quarter en route to the best of his young Broncos career. Gordon's uptick in offensive output was in part due to the absence of Phillip Lindsay (toe), as he showed he can still produce when given 20-plus touches per game. He should play a similar role in next Sunday's matchup with the Buccaneers.

September 20, 2020 5:34 PM EST

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