Melvin Gordon: I try to help young players like Danny Woodhead helped me

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Broncos veteran running back Melvin Gordon says he’s eager to help rookie running back Javonte Williams this season, paying forward the help that Danny Woodhead once gave Gordon.

The Chargers drafted Gordon in the first round in 2015, which meant Woodhead, who was heading into his third season with the Chargers, had one more player potentially taking his job away. But Gordon says Woodhead went out of his way to help him adjust to the NFL, and Gordon always knew he’d do the same for young players down the road.

“When I came in I had Danny Woodhead,” Gordon told NFL Media. “I came in the first round, and not once did I ask Danny a question and he said no. I could ask Danny anything. ‘This is how you do it. This is how I watch film, this is how I study film, this is how I take notes. These are my notes.’ That was dope because not every guy is like that. He could’ve said, ‘You’re coming in to take my job? Why would I help you?’ He was never that way, so I told myself as a young guy, regardless of who they bring in I’m going to take them under my wing and I’m going to teach them.”

The Broncos took Williams in the second round this year, which may be an indication that the 28-year-old Gordon is not part of Denver’s long-term plans. But if that’s the case, Gordon will take it like a professional. Woodhead showed him that’s the way it’s done.

8 responses to “Melvin Gordon: I try to help young players like Danny Woodhead helped me

  1. If you have two good RB’s to start the season, keep them both. You’ll likely need them. Gordon is still a good back. Williams is a beast. If they do a re-draft in a few years, don’t be surprised if Williams is the top RB from 2021.

  2. It’s a great attitude to have. At the end of the day the only thing that matters in football is which team got the W, so do everything you can to help the team accomplish that whether that’s as a starter or mentoring younger players so they can make a big impact.

  3. Danny never earned first round money. What a stand up guy. Way to go Melvin to pay it forward!

  4. Woodhead was a tough back who ran between the tackles and caught the ball. Small but fun to watch …

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