What Does Melvin Gordon Bring to the Broncos?

  • Austin Ekeler
  • Denver Broncos
  • John Elway
  • Melvin Gordon
  • Pat Shurmur
  • Philip Lindsay
  • Running back
By Noahsmith391 June 9, 2020 0 Comment

The combination of Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon will provide a major boost to the Broncos’ offense.

Before General Manager John Elway had a standout draft, he had a solid free agency. He brought in a slew of new faces, including a starting guard in Graham Glasgow, a starting cornerback in A.J. Bouye and a new face on the defensive line in Jurrell Casey. He also signed Melvin Gordon away from the division rival Chargers. The combination of Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon will provide a major boost to the Broncos’ offense.

Chargers career

Melvin Gordon had an up-and-down five years with the Chargers. As a highly touted rookie out of the University of Wisconsin, Gordon had a disappointing first year, rushing for 641 yards with no touchdowns. He bounced back in year two by rushing for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns. He added two more touchdowns in the passing game.

During the 2017 season, he saw nearly identical production as the lead running back for the Chargers. The 2018 season however was arguably his best. Paired up with undrafted running back Austin Ekeler the two provided a formidable backfield. Both running backs were utilized in the running game and the passing game. That year, Gordon finished with 885 rushing yards while averaging of 5.1 yards per carry. He finished with 10 rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns.

While his numbers were down from some of his best years, Gordon was at his best when paired with a complementary back. Phillip Lindsay carried the Broncos’ offense the past two years. He has developed into an excellent running back in the running and passing game. Thus the combination of Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon will provide a major boost to the Broncos’ offense.

How will the Broncos use both Gordon and Lindsay?

Gordon and Lindsay should form a deadly one-two punch for the Broncos this season. While Broncos’ new Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur is known for his 11 Personnel sets, expect to see Lindsay and Gordon used together. Fans could look to see an offense in a similar style of the New England Patriots‘ offense in the past years. The Patriots’ offense utilized running backs and tight ends to create advantageous matchups against defenses. John Elway created an offense capable of doing just this.

The Broncos could roll out a versatile offense on first downs. The Broncos’ 22 Personnel will feature tight ends Noah Fant and rookie Albert Okwuegbunam. Both players are capable pass catchers and field stretchers. Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon will move around the formation and are capable of exploiting linebackers and safeties who are expecting the run on early downs. Add in receiver Courtland Sutton, and the Broncos’ playbook is wide open.

Along with Gordon’s near perfect fit within the Broncos’ offense, he is excellent on third downs. Third down has been the Broncos offense’s kryptonite over the past three seasons.

The Broncos ranked third worst in the NFL on third down percentage at just 31.7 percent. Compare that to the Kansas City Chiefs at 47.6 percent shows how ineffective the Broncos offense truly was.

Gordon is an excellent option at running back on third downs. First off, he’s an excellent blocker in the backfield. He also understands when to get out on his check-downs to provide an option on blitz plays. Overall, Gordon’s versatility will help the Broncos’ offense.

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