Melvin Gordon

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

Officially signs with Denver

Gordon signed a one-year, $2.5 million base deal with the Broncos on Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The veteran running back has a chance to make up to $4 million with incentives, though it was previously reported that the contract could be worth up to $5 million. As the figures were clarified Thursday, it appears that the duo of Gordon and Javonte Williams are likely headed toward some sort of split in workload out of the backfield once again in 2022. Both backs found success in what was an inconsistent offense last season. The addition of Russell Wilson at quarterback could be the spark that both Gordon and Williams need to take their fantasy potential to the next level, even if they continue to share duties at a near-even split again.

Apr 28, 2022 5:36 AM EST

Rejoins Denver on one-year deal

Gordon agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million with the Broncos on Tuesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old will return to Denver for the 2022 campaign after rushing for 918 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games last season. He also caught 28 passes for 213 yards and two more scores. Gordon figures to have a reduced role after splitting work with Javonte Williams in 2021, who also received 203 carries during his rookie campaign. However, it remains to be seen exactly how their workloads shake out in 2022 with Russell Wilson now helming the offense.

Apr 26, 2022 7:52 PM EST

Talking to Ravens

Gordon and Baltimore are in discussions on a potential contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gordon is coming off back-to-back efficient seasons in Denver, having exceeded 900 rushing yards with at least 4.5 YPC in both years. The soon-to-be 29-year-old could provide Baltimore with some reliability in the backfield, which stands out as a legitimate need. J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Gus Edwards (knee) are recovering from ACL tears, and coach John Harbaugh recently acknowledged the possibility that both could begin training camp on the PUP list. Adding Gordon to the roster would allow the Ravens not only to ease both Dobbins and Edwards along without much pressure, but also free up the team to focus on other positions of need in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Apr 8, 2022 7:15 AM EST

Finishes season on strong note

Gordon rushed 12 times for 110 yards and a touchdown, brought in one of two targets for six yards and lost a fumble in the Broncos' 28-24 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday.

Analysis: Gordon impressively played through his nagging hip and thumb issues and generated his second-highest rushing yardage total of the campaign. The veteran's production was significantly boosted by an impressive 47-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, his eighth score on the ground in 2021. Gordon's Week 18 production left him 68 yards short of the 986 he compiled during his first Broncos season in 2020 over a 15-game span, but as he demonstrated Saturday, he still seems to have plenty left in the tank in terms of serving in a complementary role. Whether that unfolds next season in Denver in conjunction with Javonte Williams remains to be seen, however, as the latter arguably made a convincing case for full-time lead-back duties during his rookie campaign and Gordon is slated to become an unrestricted free agent come the new league year.

Jan 8, 2022 5:32 PM EST

Cleared for Saturday's game

Gordon (thumb/hip) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's game against Kansas City after practicing fully Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: That's also the case for Javonte Williams (knee), which sets the stage for the two backs to share carries in Denver's final contest of the season. While the time-share somewhat caps Gordon's fantasy ceiling, he normally sees enough touches to help fantasy managers and on Saturday he'll take aim at a Chiefs run defense that is yielding an average of 113.0 rushing yards per game heading into Week 18 action.

Jan 6, 2022 2:06 PM EST

Limited session Wednesday

Gordon (thumb/hip) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow running back Javonte Williams (knee), though it would surprise us if either weren't available for Saturday's game against Kansas City. That said, there's a solid chance that the duo carry injury designations into the weekend.

Jan 5, 2022 3:26 PM EST

Limited to kick off Week 18 prep

Denver listed Gordon (thumb/hip) as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Gordon has appeared on Denver practice reports with at these one of two injuries dating back to Week 13, but he's suited up in each of the past four games while seeing no notable reduction in his snap or touch counts. If he doesn't upgrade beyond limited participation in practice by Thursday, Gordon may carry a questionable designation into Saturday's game against the Chiefs, but he should still play in the season finale.

Jan 4, 2022 12:41 PM EST

Leading rusher in loss

Gordon carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards and caught three of four targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: He was the more productive of the Broncos' two backs on the afternoon, with Javonte Williams only managing 32 total yards on 15 touches, but neither was able to take advantage of a seemingly soft matchup against one of the league's worst run defenses. Gordon eclipsed 1,000 scrimmage yards on the season with Sunday's effort, and he'll get one more chance to pad his numbers in Week 18 against Kansas City.

Jan 2, 2022 8:02 PM EST

Active for Sunday's contest

Gordon (thumb/hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow RB Javonte Williams (knee), with the two players once again in line to share backfield work. A Week 17 bounce-back opportunity could be on tap for both backs (who each carried just seven times last weekend versus the Raiders) against a Chargers' defense that's allowing an average of 140.3 rushing yards per game to date.

Jan 2, 2022 11:54 AM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Gordon (thumb/hip), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Both Gordon and Javonte Williams (knee) are listed as questionable, though neither player looks in danger of missing Sunday's contest. Assuming both are active, the two would be in line to share carries in Week 17.

Jan 1, 2022 10:25 PM EST

Listed as questionable for Week 17

Gordon (thumb/hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing in a limited fashion this past week.

Analysis: As is Javonte Williams (knee), though we'd be surprised if either player missed Sunday's 4:05 ET contest. Assuming they're active, the two would be in line to share carries in Week 17, with a bounce-back quite possibly looming for the duo considering that the Broncos could go run-heavy versus Los Angeles, with the depth of the team's wide receiver corps is currently taxed heading into the weekend.

Dec 31, 2021 3:13 PM EST

Estimated as limited participant

Gordon (thumb/hip) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's estimated practice.

Analysis: Denver didn't actually hold a workout Thursday after the team elected to cancel the session out of an abundance of caution due to increasing COVID-19-related concerns within the organization. Like backfield mate Javonte Williams (knee), Gordon went down as a limited participant on the official report for the second straight day, but clarity on the status of either player likely won't arrive until Denver reconvenes for practice Friday.

Dec 31, 2021 6:34 AM EST

Limited to start week

Gordon (thumb/hip) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Gordon's limited participation is likely just routine maintenance, though it's possible his injuries played a part in his disastrous showing last week against the Raiders, in which Gordon rushed for minus-4 yards on seven carries. Assuming both Gordon and Javonte Williams (knee) dress Sunday against the Chargers, they'll likely split carries in near-even fashion as usual.

Dec 29, 2021 2:36 PM EST

Shut down in Vegas

Gordon lost four yards on seven carries and caught his only target for four yards in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: The Raiders committed to shutting down the Broncos' running game, and Gordon was met by a defender behind the line of scrimmage almost every time he touched the ball. The veteran back remains 57 scrimmage yards short of 1,000 for the season, a mark he'll try to reach in Week 17 against the Chargers.

Dec 26, 2021 6:22 PM EST

Cleared for Week 16

Gordon (thumb/hip) and Javonte Williams (knee) both avoided designations on the final injury report for Sunday's game against Las Vegas, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: With that, the two running backs figure to continue in their timeshare, which remains close to 50/50 when both are healthy. Gordon missed Week 13, but he took 40 touches over the past two weeks combined and now faces a beatable Raiders defense.

Dec 24, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Back at practice

Gordon (thumb/hip) returned to a limited practice Thursday, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.

Analysis: Gordon sat out Wednesday's practice, but his return to a limited session suggests that his initial absence was maintenance-related. Meanwhile fellow running back Javonte Williams (knee) has logged back-to-back 'LPs' and though there's nothing to suggest that one or both players are in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Raiders, it will presumably take a full practice Friday on the part of either one to avoid a Week 16 injury designation.

Dec 23, 2021 1:48 PM EST

Set to sit out practice

Gordon (thumb/hip) won't practice Wednesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Gordon was limited at practice last week before suiting up for Sunday's loss to the Bengals, en route to logging 31 snaps and 15 carries, while Javonte Williams also recorded 15 carries and saw action on 44 snaps. With no reported setbacks, there's a solid chance that Gordon's Wednesday 'DNP' will be maintenance related. A return to practice, in any capacity Thursday, would support that notion.

Dec 22, 2021 12:13 PM EST

Gets 15 carries

Gordon recorded 15 carries for 53 yards in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Bengals. He added one reception for eight yards.

Analysis: Gordon split carries exactly evenly with Javonte Williams, though Williams was the more efficient back. Gordon did manage one rush of 11 yards, but he was still held to only 3.5 yards per carry. Even so, it seems clear that the Broncos are going to continue to split the backfield evenly in terms of rushing attempts. One area where Gordon is losing work is as a pass catcher, as he has recorded only three receptions across his last four games for a total of 11 yards.

Dec 19, 2021 6:35 PM EST

Active as expected

Gordon (thumb/hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Aric DiLalla of the team's official website reports.

Analysis: The veteran running back was reported as likely to play Saturday, and that prognosis has proven to be correct. Backfield mate Javonte Williams (knee) is also active Sunday, leaving the duo to likely operate in their usual highly effective timeshare against a Bengals defense allowing an NFL-low 81.3 rushing yards per game on the road.

Dec 19, 2021 11:40 AM EST

On track to play Saturday

Gordon (thumb/hip) is expected to play Sunday against the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Gordon was a limited participant in practice all week and was listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's matchup, but coach Vic Fangio was optimistic that the 28-year-old would be able to play against Cincinnati. Javonte Williams (knee) is also expected to be active, so the two running backs should continue to work in their usual timeshare.

Dec 18, 2021 9:11 PM EST

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