When the San Diego Chargers traded up to grab Melvin Gordon in the 2015 NFL Draft, they probably expected more than 184 carries for 641 yards out of him. That average of 3.5 yards per carry obviously was not great, but here’s the thing: Gordon averaged only 1.3 yards per carry before first contact, according to Pro Football Focus. Among the 63 running backs that totaled at least 50 carries in 2015, that figured ranked 53rd.
It turns out, if you give Gordon some nice blocking up front, he can actually make stuff happen. We saw him do just that during the second quarter of San Diego’s third preseason game, against the Vikings:
Philip Rivers checked the play at the line of scrimmage and got the ball into Gordon’s hands just before he was taken down in the backfield. Gordon did the rest, zooming through the Vikes’ D all the way to the house. The Chargers would certainly like to see more of that in 2016.
Source: CBS Sports / WATCH: Melvin Gordon makes one cut and bolts for a 39-yard TD