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RB Branden Oliver - Los Angeles Chargers

5-7, 208Born: 5-7-1991College: BuffaloDrafted: ---

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Week 3: vs Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Good matchup. Melvin Gordon's Week 1 kicked off beautifully, with 21- and 5-yard runs off the left side of the line, where the team looks strong behind Russell Okung and Matt Slauson. But he stalled soon after, failing to generate anything of note up the middle. The Chargers' interior line would be in better shape had second-round guard Forrest Lamp not torn his ACL during camp. As it stands, Gordon will need better line play to reach his true heights, but he's a volume dominator who flashes plenty of dynamism. Dating back to the start of 2016, he's forced missed tackles at a higher rate than Ezekiel Elliott and created more breakaway runs than David Johnson. The Chargers run unit isn't a particularly consistent group, but it could find easy sledding in Week 2. Last year's Dolphins were thoroughly gashed by the run - 14 of their 17 opponents topped 100 ground yards (including 7 that topped 160), and only the 49ers gave up a higher per-rush average. They did clamp down nicely near the goal line, allowing just 4 of their opponents' 17 rushes from inside the 5 to score. But overall, this was a unit to target weekly, and it's hard to find an area that improves much entering 2017. Star safety Reshad Jones returns to action, which is nice, but likely too little to provide a massive boost. They'll be forced to lean heavily upon 31-year-old Lawrence Timmons, who's slowed noticeably over the years, and mid-August signee Rey Maualuga on running downs. Maualuga was an oft-injured mess over seven years as a Bengal, and he struggled with his conditioning throughout his truncated Dolphins camp. Yet he'll likely start in the middle in Week 2 and see at least 25-30 early-down snaps.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at DEN 11 4 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
2 vs MIA 7 3 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.1
3 vs KC PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs MIA (3 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Despite just three rushing attempts, Oliver was actually the leading rusher in the game for Los Angeles. He came on in relief of Melvin Gordon midway through the second quarter to give Gordon a breather. He managed to take an inside handoff for 26 yards up the middle, complete with a little bit of a shake of the defender to pick up the last ten or so. Oliver's other two carries resulted in five yards, and Gordon saw sixteen overall touches to Oliver's three.

2017 Week 1 vs DEN (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Oliver came on early in the second quarter, taking a couple of handoffs for a total of eight yards. Starter Melvin Gordon came back on for the third down run, then exited immediately after converting. Oliver got another couple of handoffs on the next set of downs, but that was the extent of his work. If this game is any indication, it appears that Gordon is a true three-down back, with Oliver and Austin Ekeler merely providing relief work.

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Schedule

3vs Kansas City Chiefs
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5@ New York Giants
6@ Oakland Raiders
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