Melvin Gordon is “definitely going to have a workload this week”

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Running back Melvin Gordon returned to the Chargers last Thursday and was in uniform for their game against the Dolphins last Sunday, but he didn’t play any snaps.

Gordon was active because the team was short on backs with Justin Jackson injured and he’s set to be active against the Broncos this Sunday as well. He’s also set to actually get on the field this time.

Head coach Anthony Lynn said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Gordon will be part of the game plan after only being available as an emergency option last weekend. Lynn didn’t get specific about Gordon’s role in that plan, but did say that he could start and won’t be giving the back 50 snaps.

“He’s definitely going to have a workload this week, but not too big. I want to work him in. I don’t want to overdo it,” Lynn said.

Austin Ekeler has been the lead back for the Chargers so far this season, but it appears he will be making room on the top line of the depth chart sooner rather than later.

7 responses to “Melvin Gordon is “definitely going to have a workload this week”

  1. Ekeler’s just as good with 1/5 the salary and 0% of the headache. I’d make Gordon earn his snaps by starting him out as a change of pace and then see if he can outplay the current starter. You don’t just hand guys stuff they haven’t earned and expect it to work out well for the team. Then again, this is the Chargers so you’re going to get incompetent management.

  2. TheDPR says:
    October 3, 2019 at 11:48 am
    Ekeler’s just as good with 1/5 the salary and 0% of the headache. I’d make Gordon earn his snaps by starting him out as a change of pace and then see if he can outplay the current starter. You don’t just hand guys stuff they haven’t earned and expect it to work out well for the team. Then again, this is the Chargers so you’re going to get incompetent management.

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    Until Ekeler realizes he is underpaid as well & then holds out.

  3. Ekeler is top 6 in all purpose yards from scrimmage and has 6 TD’s. It’ll be a shame if they cut his usage dramatically as MG gets back to 100%. A 50/50 split between backs would be nice but I doubt it’ll happen though.

  4. If Lynn and Whisenhunt have brains, they will use Ekeler “like” the Patriots use Julian Edelman. Ekeler is the Los Angeles Chargers Julian Edelman. It give Rivers a needed pass/run option he hasn’t had.

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