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Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Running Back #28
ADP:Round: 2, 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: Willing to share with Lindsay

Gordon anticipates working in a "one-two punch" with Phillip Lindsay (wrist) in the Denver backfield, ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold reports.

Analysis: Broncos GM John Elway used the same terminology earlier this week, suggesting both Gordon and Lindsay will have key roles in the offense. Gordon's two-year, $16 million contract suggests he'll be the "one" in that one-two punch, though it's Lindsay who owns the impressive career average of 4.9 yards per carry. Gordon's mark of 4.0 YPC has been oft-cited as a criticism, and while there is some merit to the argument against him, it's also true that he's spent most of his career running behind subpar offensive lines. The breakdown of snaps and carries appears uncertain, but Gordon should at least have the advantage when it comes to pass-catching and goal-line work.

March 27, 2020 12:19 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Joins Denver backfield

The Broncos have signed Gordon to a two-year deal worth $16 million, that includes $13.5 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gordon will be joining a Denver backfield that also includes Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, with Rapoport adding that the "lure of playing in the same division as the Chargers" appealed to the 2015 first-rounder, who reportedly had a better offer from another team.

March 20, 2020 10:47 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Ready to test open market

Gordon plans to test the market as a free agent, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This doesn't necessarily mean he'll leave Los Angeles, but it does suggest Gordon won't re-sign with the Chargers before free agency opens. He struggled when he first returned from his contract holdout in October, eventually picking up some momentum down the stretch with 411 rushing yards and four TDs in a five-week stretch from early November to early December. Gordon will turn 27 in April and should attract interest from multiple teams, though he's unlikely to be paid as one of the top players at his position.

March 5, 2020 10:03 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Racks up 122 yards, touchdown

Gordon ran for 46 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught six of seven targets for 76 yards during Sunday's 31-21 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Gordon briefly put the Chargers back on top early in the second half, dashing through the Chiefs' defense for a five-yard touchdown, his third in his last two games. The Wisconsin product finished 2019 on a high note as his 122 total yards were his second most on the year. Gordon's season started with a hold out and he was never really able to regain his form. His 75.7 total yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry were both his lowest totals since his rookie season while his three fumbles were his most since his rookie year.

December 29, 2019 3:14 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Two touchdowns salvage day

Gordon carried the ball nine times for 15 yards and two touchdowns while catching six of his seven targets for 32 yards in the 24-17 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: A miserable fantasy day was salvaged thanks to two one-yard touchdowns, capitalizing on excellent ball movement by the Chargers' passing attack. Austin Ekeler continues to be the more efficient running back on a per-touch basis, recording five passes for 58 yards and also adding 11 yards on the ground Sunday, but Gordon has essentially operated as the team's primary goal line threat, scoring at least one touchdown in all but three games since Week 7. With the Chargers well out of the playoff hunt, Gordon will have one more chance to audition for a new contract when the team takes on the Chiefs next week.

December 22, 2019 4:35 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Fumbles twice in blowout loss

Gordon carried seven times for 28 yards and caught five of seven targets for an additional 36 yards during Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Vikings. He also lost two fumbles.

Analysis: Gordon's fumbles set up a pair of Minnesota scores as they built a large lead, and he appeared to be benched for a brief period of time after the second turnover. Furthermore, his workload was rather limited anyway because of the lopsided nature of the game, though he did set a new season high for receiving yards in a game. Gordon had recorded at least 80 scrimmage yards in each of the last five games and should fare better in next Sunday's home matchup against the Raiders.

December 15, 2019 6:55 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Finds end zone against Jags

Gordon carried the ball 12 times for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught all five of his targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 45-10 rout of the Jaguars.

Analysis: Austin Ekeler erupted for 213 scrimmage yards on only 13 touches in the win, but Gordon was still able to post solid numbers with his own workload. He's produced at least 80 scrimmage yards in five straight games, racking up 526 combined yards and four TDs during that stretch, but Gordon will face a much tougher opponent in Week 15 when the Chargers host the Vikings.

December 8, 2019 5:30 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Accumulates over 100 total yards

Gordon carried the ball 20 times for 99 yards and also caught two his three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss at the hands of the Broncos.

Analysis: That's now two consecutive games in which Gordon has failed to get into the end zone after a three-week stretch which saw the running back score four times. Still, it's encouraging to see Gordon continue to receive carries, as the 26-year-old has ran 20 or more times in three of the last four games and has hit at least 100 total yards in each one to boot. The change from Ken Whisenhunt to Shane Steichen at offensive coordinator could wind up being a career-saving move for Gordon, who has accumulated 442 total yards and a respectable 4.7 yards-per-carry average in the four games since the switch.

December 1, 2019 5:04 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Totals 90 yards in defeat

Gordon rushed 14 times for 69 yards and caught three of five targets for 21 yards in Monday night's 24-17 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Gordon had a few nice gains, including a 21-yard rush during the first quarter. That helped him put together a third straight game with at least 4.0 yards per carry, continuing his progress following a slow start. Although the tailback dropped a pass late, he also totaled 90 yards from scrimmage for the third outing in a row, which despite his recent touchdown streak ending, gives him nice momentum as the Chargers enter their bye week.

November 18, 2019 9:09 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Early deficit curtails production

Gordon carried the ball eight times for 18 yards and also caught three of his four targets for 30 yards in the 24-17 loss Sunday to the Steelers.

Analysis: Falling behind 14-0 early in the first quarter, the Chargers were forced to abandon the running game for the second consecutive week as Gordon and Austin Ekeler combined for just 13 carries and 32 yards. Gordon was at least able to do more as a receiver, contributing 30 receiving yards after a paltry seven in his season debut last week, but suffice to say fantasy owners who waited patiently throughout the three-game holdout have not found much return on value.

October 13, 2019 9:08 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: On pace for more work

Coach Anthony Lynn told Daniel Popper of The Athletic that Gordon will be utilized more Sunday night against the Steelers.

Analysis: In his first game action following his holdout, Gordon ranked behind Austin Ekeler in offensive snap share last Sunday against the Broncos, getting 46 percent to the former's 66 percent. Based on past seasons, those numbers should flip in the near future, and perhaps as soon as Sunday. In Week 5, Gordon managed just 2.6 YPC on his 12 rushes while hauling in four of six passes for seven yards. The going should be easier this Sunday versus a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed 125.8 rushing yards per game this season.

October 11, 2019 2:50 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Produces little in debut

Gordon carried 12 times for 31 yards and caught four of six targets for an additional seven yards during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Making his season debut, Gordon failed to capitalize on a matchup against a porous Denver run defense as he finished averaging 2.6 yards per carry. He received his fair share of targets in the passing game as well but produced next to nothing in that regard. Meanwhile, Austin Ekeler carried the ball just three times but was targeted a whopping 16 times due to the team's lack of available pass-catchers. Still, it was a positive sign to see Gordon rack up 16 touches and he'll look to improve his efficiency next Sunday at home against the Steelers.

October 6, 2019 5:29 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Restricted workload likely on tap

Coach Anthony Lynn suggested Friday that Gordon's workload may be limited in the running back's season debut this weekend against the Broncos, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports. "I don't want to put him in there and play him too much, and I really don't have to," Lynn said of Gordon. "I like what Austin Ekeler has been doing."

Analysis: The Chargers' official site now lists Gordon atop the depth chart at running back, but that doesn't mean he'll immediately take back the nearly 20 touches per game he averaged in 12 regular-season starts in 2018. Since Gordon has only had two weeks of practice time following his 64-day holdout, the Chargers are cognizant of easing him into the mix, with Ekeler's solid performance over the first four games affording the team that luxury. The prospect of a restricted snap/touch count makes Gordon a risky selection in DFS contests, though he might still have a path to enough touches this week to bring value in season-long leagues.

October 4, 2019 2:35 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Considered for Week 5 start

Coach Anthony Lynn told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday that Gordon is "definitely going to be part of the game plan" Week 5 against the Broncos and "may even start" in the contest.

Analysis: After Gordon ended his 64-day holdout and returning to practice Sept. 26, the Chargers made him active for the Week 4 win over the Dolphins, but he was only available in an emergency and ultimately didn't play any snaps behind Austin Ekeler and Troymaine Pope. With Justin Jackson (calf) trending toward missing another game, all three backs should suit up versus Denver, but expect Gordon to at least jump Pope on the depth chart now that he's made more time to get acclimated again. It's worth noting that Lynn said that Gordon's workload Sunday wouldn't be "too big" and added that he "can't give him 50 snaps," seemingly implying the 26-year-old won't definitively supplant Ekeler as the team's top option, at least for this week.

October 3, 2019 8:45 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Primed for Week 5 debut

Gordon is expected to make his season debut Week 5 against the Broncos, but his role may be limited, Jeff Miller of The Los Angeles Times reports. "[Gordon's] reps are going to be limited," coach Anthony Lynn said Sunday. "I can't put him in there and run him 30 times next week."

Analysis: Gordon was active for Sunday's 30-10 win over Miami, but he didn't actually play any snaps. It isn't clear how large of a role he'll handle Week 5 and beyond, considering Austin Ekeler has averaged 122.5 scrimmage yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. To be fair, Ekeler has done most of his damage through the air, including 55 percent of his scrimmage yards and half his touchdowns, while his mark of 3.9 YPC is far less impressive. Gordon should be able to help the running game, but that doesn't mean he'll jump right back to his role from years past.

September 30, 2019 7:22 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Does not play Sunday

Gordon did not take a snap in the team's 30-10 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: This shouldn't come as a surprise, as the Chargers, who were without Justin Jackson (calf) this week, made it clear throughout the week Gordon would only see the field should Austin Ekeler or Troymaine Pope suffer an injury. It seems likely Gordon will at least take the field next week against the Broncos, but with Austin Ekeler (122 total yards, two touchdowns Sunday) continuing to dominate, it remains to be seen how involved the 2016 first-round pick will be moving forward.

September 29, 2019 1:59 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: Officially active

Gordon is officially active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: As anticipated, Gordon will dress for the first time this season after ending his 64-day holdout Thursday. However, because of his limited practice time leading up to Sunday's contest, Gordon is only expected to be used in an emergency, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Austin Ekeler thus appears in line to head the Chargers' backfield corps for another game, though Gordon may be ready to reclaim lead-back duties as soon as Week 5 against the Broncos.

September 29, 2019 8:38 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: May only be used in emergency Sunday

Though Gordon is slated to dress for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Chargers are only expected to use him in an emergency, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Chargers are apparently satisfied with Gordon's physical condition following his return to the team Thursday after a 64-day holdout, but due to the short time he had to get reacclimated, he won't be asked to take on a significant workload right away. As a result, Austin Ekeler is on track to draw another start and handle most of the snaps out of the backfield, leaving Gordon and Troymaine Pope as the depth options behind him. Based on Rapoport's report, Pope will likely be in line for the No. 2 role, a scenario that would make it difficult for Gordon to bring value even in deeper leagues this week. Coach Anthony Lynn has said that Gordon would reclaim lead-back duties as soon as he's ready to do so, perhaps as soon as the team's Week 5 matchup with Denver.

September 29, 2019 5:24 AM EST

Melvin Gordon: Eligible to play Sunday

Gordon was activated from the NFL's two-week exempt list and will be eligible to play in Sunday's contest against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com suggested Gordon would ultimately take the carries vacated by Justin Jackson who will miss Sunday's game with a calf injury, meaning Austin Ekeler would continue to handle the bulk of the workload at least in Week 4. Considering Cowboys backup running back Tony Pollard tallied 128 scrimmage yards last week in the win over the Dolphins, even a reduced role for Gordon could wind up being a lucrative proposition for fantasy owners, although the Chargers have hinted they want to ease their star ballcarrier back into the fold. Head coach Anthony Lynn made it clear Gordon was still considered the primary starter as "soon as he's ready to be our No. 1 guy", but only time will tell when that sentiment will fully be realized.

September 28, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Melvin Gordon: To see limited action

The Chargers plan to play Gordon (coach's decision) on a limited snap count for Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins, Mike Jones of USA Today reports

Analysis: Gordon ended his lengthy holdout by reporting to practice Thursday. He was originally not expected to return until Week 5, but it looks like the Chargers will opt to ease him back into action right away.

September 28, 2019 11:24 AM EST

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