Chargers running back Melvin Gordon exorcised some demons from his rookie season in the first half of the season opener against the Chiefs last Sunday.
He ran for 39 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, giving him two more touchdowns than he had in his entire rookie season. Gordon also didn’t fumble, something he did six times in 2015, and it looked like he’d get a lot more work as the Chargers tried to hold onto a 21-3 lead in the second half.
Gordon got six carries in the final 30 minutes, though, and the Chargers blew the lead and the game. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said that “it wasn’t that we went away from Melvin,” but that they felt packages involving Danny Woodhead were more successful. Gordon isn’t getting worked up about it.
“I’m not going to stress it,” Gordon said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We’ve got a lot of games left. To say we won’t be in that situation again would be absurd. … When we get in that situation, we’ve got to make the best of it.”
That’s true of the entire Chargers team given how things went awry last weekend. The good news for Gordon is that the loss of wide receiver Keenan Allen should leave space for both running backs to get plenty of work in the weeks to come.