RB Melvin Gordon III - Los Angeles Chargers

6-1, 215Born: 4-13-1993College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick 2015

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 21): Gordon at least scored, but should have had two, including a game-winning score. He failed with the game on the line, and the Chargers should be reconsidering him as the lead back heading into a matchup with the Bears.

Week 8: at Chicago Bears

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
4 at MIA 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
5 vs DEN 32 12 31 0 6 4.0 7 0 0 3.8
6 vs PIT 37 8 18 0 4 3.0 30 0 0 4.8
7 at TEN 34 16 32 0 3 2.0 -3 1 1 6.9
8 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 2.4 * * * *
8 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 15 * * 2.2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Melvin Gordon III's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 7 vs TEN (16 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -3 / 1 rec)

The stats look bad enough, but the end results for Gordon were even worse than the numbers make it appear. He turned in one of his worst games of his career, getting almost nothing going on the ground or through the air, culminating in coughing up a fumble at the goal line to lose the game with the Chargers literally inches away from winning it if he could have gotten across the goal line. Early on, the Chargers fed Gordon with multiple delayed handoff attempts up the middle, which is largely what they tried doing last week (also with no success). On one play when Gordon did get to the outside, the defender stripped the ball away as Gordon was switching the ball to his other hands. It was very nearly recovered by Tennessee, but fortunately for the Chargers the ball bounced right back to Gordon who fell on it. There was another sloppy play where Gordon was the target of a sideline pass and just sat back waiting for the ball. The defender jumped the route and nearly picked it off, as Gordon failed to come back to the football. Late in the first half, the Chargers got near the Tennessee goal line. Gordon was not only stuffed at the goal line, but actually appeared to lose the ball as he was trying to leap over the pile. Officials, however, ruled that the play was dead since his progress had been stopped. Finally, Rivers dropped back and flipped one over the top of the defense to a wide open Gordon after the Tennessee defense had crashed the middle leaving Gordon wide open. Gordon wasn't heard from much the rest of the way until late in the fourth quarter. With the team trailing by three points, Austin Ekeler appeared to score a game-winning touchdown. Replays showed Ekeler was short of the goal line, so Gordon was given a handoff on the next play. The play was initially ruled a touchdown, but after review this one was overturned as well (replays showed Gordon was not only short of the goal line, but may have fumbled as well). Following a Chargers false start penalty (where Gordon was going to get the ball), the Chargers threw a jump ball to Mike Williams. A pass interference penalty against Tennessee put the ball back on the 1-yard line. With 22 seconds left to play and no timeouts, the Chargers ran Gordon up the middle again to try and win the game. Once again, he was stopped short of the goal line and once again he fumbled the ball away. This time, however, there was no question about the fumble or that it was recovered by Tennessee to end the game. On the bright side, the Chargers trusted Gordon repeatedly on the goal line all game long. On the negative side, he failed on every single opportunity he got and could barely hold onto the football when he did.

2019 Week 6 vs PIT (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Gordon got two carries on the first drive and ran into a brick wall. He did have one nice cutback and gain in the first half but overall the holes either closed quickly or were non-existent. Gordon wasn't heavily involved in the passing game, but did get a dumpoff in the late first half to set up a missed field goal attempt. He was a bit player in the second half as the team attempted to make up a 24 point deficit.

2019 Week 5 vs DEN (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 7 / 0 rec)

In his first game action of the 2019 season, it was hardly a dynamic afternoon for Gordon. He looked to be in shape and healthy, and ran hard. But the Denver defense was just stifling, particularly up the middle. Gordon got nearly all of the early-game touches for the Chargers, and his rushing usage was encouraging for his owners. He had 12 rushing attempts to just 3 for Austin Ekeler. But Ekeler registered a team record 15 receptions to just 4 for Gordon. Normally an owner wouldn't complain about their running back getting 16 touches, with four of them being receptions. But when he gets out-touched by the supposed "backup", it muddies the waters a bit more. It also didn't help that Gordon averaged just 2.6 yards per carry and less than 2.0 yards per reception. Suffice it to say, he didn't look explosive. It was also curious that it was Ekeler and not Gordon who got two close range attempts near the end zone late in the first half. Ekeler took a reception down to the 1-yard line, and on the following play Gordon was a decoy as the handoff actually went to Ekeler up the left side. That said, Gordon came close to scoring on a strong run up the middle following an interception. It looked like he was going to get in, but he was dragged down at the 1-yard line.

2019 Week 4 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gordon's holdout ended this week when he reported to the team and was activated for this game, but with the Chargers building a big lead early on he never got any game action. His role is a bit unclear, but he should be in line to get work starting next week.

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Latest News

Chargers | Melvin Gordon bottled up (Sun Oct 20, 09:52 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed 16 times for 32 yards and added a one-yard touchdown catch in a 23-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. He also fumbled twice, losing one.

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Chargers | Melvin Gordon held down (Mon Oct 14, 12:59 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed eight times for 18 yards during the team's Week 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gordon also caught three passes for 30 yards.

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Chargers | Melvin Gordon set for more work (Fri Oct 11, 09:17 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to see more snaps in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

Our View: Gordon played 32 snaps against the Broncos last week. He touched the ball 16 times but only gained 38 yards. We'll see if he has more work and better success against the Steelers on Sunday night.
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8@ Chicago Bears
9vs Green Bay Packers
10@ Oakland Raiders
11vs Kansas City Chiefs
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Denver Broncos
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15vs Minnesota Vikings
16vs Oakland Raiders
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