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RB Melvin Gordon - Los Angeles Chargers

6-1, 215Born: 4-13-1993College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick 15

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Recent Stats and Projections

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3 vs KC 33 17 79 1 2 0 0 0 0 13.9
4 vs PHI 42 10 22 0 3 1 7 0 0 2.9
5 at NYG 65 20 105 0 8 6 58 2 0 28.3
6 at OAK 0 25 83 1 12 9 67 1 0 27
7 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs OAK (25 / 83 / 1 rush, 12 / 9 / 67 / 1 rec)

He's still not efficient in terms of yards per carry (largely due to issues with the offensive line), but a case can be made that the Charger offense runs through Gordon as much as any team's offense runs through its primary ball-carrier. On 64 plays from scrimmage, Gordon touched the ball on a whopping 34 of those plays. He caught nine passes out of the backfield to pace both teams, and registered all but one of his team's running back carries. While the majority of his rushing attempts didn't go very far due to the poor run blocking, he was able to fight for extra yardage on several runs when he was given even a little bit of room. He was certainly given plenty of room on his rushing score, with the offensive line doing a terrific job of getting leverage against the defense while enabling Gordon to leapfrog in for the touchdown. He did a nice job of waiting for the right moment and finding the right spot to attack, although it was only from the 2-yard line so it wasn't the most difficult run of his career. He added a second touchdown in the second half, this time through the air (after two receiving touchdowns from short yardage a week ago). Rivers tossed one to his left on a little inside screen from the 6-yard line. Gordon had a bevy of blockers in front of him, and he waltzed into the end zone untouched until he had already crossed the goal line. In fact, the team had earlier tried getting the ball to Gordon in the end zone through the air when he was targeted in the front corner before a defender knocked it away at the last moment. Gordon has become extremely effective in the passing game, showing really good hands on one occasion on a tough pass that was thrown a bit behind him and over his head for a first down. Gordon is running fearlessly too, playing very physical in banging into defenders, leaping over the pile, and inviting contact. Late in the game, with the clock stopped and the Chargers facing a 3rd down and 3 situation and already in field goal range, Gordon got the call. He picked up six yards up the left side, and with Oakland out of timeouts, it essentially allowed the Chargers to run out the clock and knock through the game-winning field goal from short range while leaving the Raiders with no time to attempt a comeback. It was a huge run at the time, perhaps his most important of the entire game (and for that matter, the season). One item that announcer Rich Gannon picked up on is that, whenever a fullback is lined up in front of Gordon in the backfield, it's almost a "tell" that the play is going to be a handoff to Gordon. One would expect that the Chargers will need to change that up a bit in the coming weeks, so as to not advertise what the play is prior to the snap.

2017 Week 5 vs NYG (20 / 105 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 58 / 2 rec)

After being dinged up in previous weeks, Gordon looked healthier in Week 5 against the Giants. Gordon logged 26 touches, his highest usage of the season, and was a centerpiece element in the red zone. Gordon showed high effort through contact, including a highlight second half run for more than 10 yards where he ran over a defender and used a spin move for additional yardage. Gordon was too quick for a linebacker in coverage, getting to the edge on a red zone receiving touchdown in the first half. Late in the game, the same sequence occurred as Gordon came wide open in the flat for another red zone receiving touchdown. With Branden Oliver out of the lineup, Gordon rarely left the field and was the sustaining element to the Chargers offense. On the down side, Gordon logged a drop and false start penalty this week.

2017 Week 4 vs PHI (10 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Gordon came into this week questionable to play due to a bone bruise in his knee. Whether it was the knee, the Philadelphia defense, the lack of run blocking by the Chargers, or just the game script (or a combination of all those factors), Gordon never really had a chance in this one. He was bottled up almost instantly by the Eagles defense whenever he got near the ball. He showed strength and determination to fight for yardage with an early run up the left side. He bounced off a couple of defenders while maintaining his balance and footwork - he could have been dragged down for almost no gain, but he kept his feet moving. Soon after, he again got some yardage that he attained just about all on his own. He wasn't getting holes up the middle, but he was finding a bit more room on the outside. However, on a couple of occasions he just couldn't quite shake the tackler that would turn a nice gain into a huge one. It's kind of been the story of his career. He's a very good runner with patience, vision, and strength. But he has never really shown that next gear that can turn a 15-20 yard gain into a 40-50 yard gain by running away from defenders.

2017 Week 3 vs KC (17 / 79 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gordon was questionable to play the game with knee soreness, but he managed to suit up and start the game anyway. He looked good in the early going, and had a 10-yard run on his first carry of the game, which went up the left side. Soon after, he broke another nice run up the left side. He showed good strength, and a shoestring tackle was the only thing preventing it from becoming a really big run since there was only one man in the secondary left to beat. But he was a bit slow to get up from the hit, and that slow rise was a harbinger of what was to come. On his touchdown run (the only touchdown of the game for Los Angeles), he got really good blocking off the right side, waltzing in off the edge from 11 yards out. He was completely untouched for the easy score and while he did show good vision in knowing where to take the run, it was otherwise a cakewalk. On a late first half run, he made a nice cut-back and displayed that trademark vision once more by lulling the defender into lunging at him before sharply darting to the left and running away from the defender. At halftime, it was reported that he was questionable to return with a recurrence of the knee issue. He did manage to come back early in the fourth quarter, even throwing an excellent chip block on a pass play to give Rivers some extra time. But he would once again leave the game midway through the fourth quarter, this time for good. There was no immediate update on his condition after the game.

2017 Week 2 vs MIA (9 / 13 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 65 / 0 rec)

Fantasy owners have got to be a little bit concerned at the state of the Los Angeles run blocking unit. Against Denver last week, Gordon didn't find very many holes. But Denver is arguably one of the best defensive units in the league. Miami isn't quite in that class, yet they shut down Gordon even more than the Broncos did. He never had any room to maneuver, and it was only through his own skill and vision that he was able to gain as many yards as he did. Fortunately for fantasy owners, Gordon has become a very well-rounded player and is very active in the passing game. His seven receptions trailed only Keenan Allen's nine, and they weren't just checkdown options; he was the targeted player on several designed swing pass plays for him out of the backfield, and more often than not he did an excellent job of making defenders miss in space. He also rewarded owners with a goal line touchdown run, after fullback Derek Watt had failed to push the ball over the line on each of the two previous plays. Gordon took the handoff, spun off a defender, and kept his legs churning for a powerful run that, coupled with the receiving work, at least salvaged his afternoon from a fantasy perspective.

2017 Week 1 vs DEN (18 / 54 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 25 / 1 rec)

Granted, it was only one week. But Gordon amassed 23 touches from scrimmage on 55 offensive plays for the Chargers. Touching the ball on ten of the team's first sixteen plays, it would appear that this offense will once again run through him. His very first carry of the game was a 21-yard scamper up the middle from the shadow of his own end zone. The offensive line opened a nice hole, and he did a good job picking where to take it. His next run went up the left side and he pushed the pile for five yards. That's the good news. The bad news is that the remaining 16 carries went for just 28 total yards. There was very little room to operate after that first big gain, but fortunately he also made his presence felt in the passing game. He tied a game high with five receptions, including his first touchdown reception of the season. He circled out of the backfield, waited for the dumpoff from Rivers, and leap-frogged over and through the defender as part of a tremendous individual effort for the score. In the second half, there was even less room as the Chargers trailed by multiple scores. Facing a fourth down call around midfield down by 17 points, Gordon was met in the backfield and never had a chance. Later on the last-gasp attempt to tie the game, Gordon was given yet another chance on fourth down but this time he converted. That helped extend the drive, but the Chargers would ultimately fall short when the game-tying field goal attempt was blocked.

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Latest News

Chargers | Busy day for Melvin Gordon (Sun Oct 15, 11:35 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon finished with 25 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown and caught nine passes 67 yards and a score in a 17-16 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 6.

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Chargers | Melvin Gordon finding a rhythm (Thu Oct 12, 11:09 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is starting to find a rhythm running the football and is seeing the running lanes better, according to QB Philip Rivers.

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Chargers | Melvin Gordon hits century mark (Sun Oct 8, 08:00 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed 20 times for 105 yards in Week 5 against the New York Giants and he added six receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets.

Our View: The Chargers restored the original gameplan of running the offense through Gordon and it worked, as he was strong as a receiver and a runner today. He's a strong RB1 after a small hiccup likely due to knee soreness and poor game scripts.
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Chargers | Week 5 injury report for Chargers (Fri Oct 6, 05:59 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 5. WR Mike Williams (back) was limited during practice but has been ruled out. LB Jatavis Brown (foot) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. OT Joe Barksdale (foot), TE Sean McGrath (foot) and WR Tyrell Williams (neck) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. OG Matt Slauson (triceps), RB Melvin Gordon (knee) and OT Russell Okung (groin) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Chargers | Full practice for Melvin Gordon (Fri Oct 6, 05:53 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 5.

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Schedule

7vs Denver Broncos
8@ New England Patriots
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Dallas Cowboys
13vs Cleveland Browns
14vs Washington Redskins
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16@ New York Jets
17vs Oakland Raiders