Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gordon's brief dalliance with being an iron man ended quickly. After playing 16 games the year before, he suited up for a career-low 12 in 2018, with multiple lower-body injuries plaguing him throughout the campaign, including a three-game absence due to a knee injury Weeks 13-15. Despite the bumps and bruises, Gordon enjoyed his most efficient season to date, producing 5.1 YPC and 14 total touchdowns, both career highs. Gordon still has great speed and can be hard to bring down (his 26 broken tackles on the ground tied for seventh in the league) but he's never shown particularly good vision. He relies heavily on his offensive line to pave the way, something the Chargers' rebuilt unit did more consistently in 2018 than in seasons past. Gordon is useful in the passing game but not a true difference-maker; his contributions fall shy of the Kamara-Barkley-McCaffrey level. The team also was reluctant to use him at the goal line, where his five carries inside the 5-yard line actually tied his scatback understudy Austin Ekeler, whose solid work may complicate contract negotiations between Gordon and the Chargers. The 26-year-old showed up for mandatory minicamp in June, but a month later his agent told ESPN that the running back wouldn't report to training camp without a new contract in hand. Quickly switching to a hardball approach, Gordon reportedly will request a trade if he doesn't get the deal he wants. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.67 million contract with the Chargers in May of 2015. Chargers exercised $5.61 million team option for 2019 in May of 2018.
Still working toward extension
RBLos Angeles Chargers
July 14, 2019
Gordon said Saturday he still hopes to work things out with the Chargers, Jeff Miller of The Los Angeles Times reports. "Like, that's the team who blessed me with an opportunity," Gordon said. "But it's an opportunity right now where I know I need to take advantage of it. You know, I want to get paid. That's just kind of what it is. Hopefully I end up a Charger."
Despite his generally favorable view of the team, Gordon's recent threat of a holdout or trade demand suggests he and the Chargers remain far apart on financial details of a contract extension. Although it helps Gordon's case that the team is well stocked for another playoff run around a 37-year-old quarterback, the Chargers presumably are hesitant to commit to a 26-year-old at a position where most players flame out by their late 20s. Gordon did reach a new level of per-game and per-touch efficiency last season, but he also missed four contests in the process of eclipsing 200 touches for a sixth straight year (dating back to college). Recent NFL history shows few running backs that have been able to maintain that type of workload for longer than Gordon already has. As things currently stand, he's scheduled for a $5.6 million salary in 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. His agent has acknowledged the possibility of a holdout stretching into the regular season if Gordon doesn't receive his desired extension or trade.
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How do Melvin Gordon's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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% Snaps w/Touch
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2018 Melvin Gordon Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Melvin Gordon's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 1"
215 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.52 sec
Shuttle Time
4.07 sec
Cone Drill
7.04 sec
Vertical Jump
35.0 in
Broad Jump
126 in
Bench Press
19 reps
Hand Length
9.75 in
Arm Length
32.38 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Playing a full 16-game schedule for the first time last year, Gordon unsurprisingly produced career highs nearly across the board, including 1,581 scrimmage yards. Even so, there remains something a bit disappointing about the 15th overall pick from the 2015 draft. While he's dangerous in the open field and has averaged six runs of 20 yards or more per season, Gordon's lack of vision and tendency to dance and improvise are problems compounded by a Chargers offensive line that has consistently been among the weaker units in the NFL during his tenure. Gordon misses more holes than he should, and as a result he's never produced even 4.0 YPC in a season, leaving him reliant on volume to stay productive. Fortunately, volume and red-zone opportunity aren't issues for him in offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt's scheme, and the Chargers finally seem to have enough talent to cobble together a decent offensive line. Gordon was a big part of the passing game in 2017, and his 31 carries inside the 5-yard line the last two seasons put him second to only LeGarrette Blount (34). With scatback Austin Ekeler and seventh-round pick Justin Jackson as depth behind him, Gordon once again finds himself in a favorable position to pile up touches.
Gordon rebounded from a disappointing rookie season in impressive fashion in 2016, rushing for six touchdowns in his first four games and coming within a whisker of his first 1,000-yard campaign before a Week 14 hip injury ended his year prematurely. The 2015 first-round selection showed plenty of the big-play ability he was known for in college, finishing fourth in the NFL with 15 runs of 15 yards or more while also tying for third with 20 carries inside the 5-yard line. He also proved he could handle a significant role in the passing game after Danny Woodhead was lost for the season. Despite the big fantasy numbers, there are still questions about Gordon's ability. His 3.9 YPA ranked 28th among backs with at least 100 carries last year, and while an undermanned offensive line can take much of the blame for that lackluster showing, the second-year RB still failed to capitalize on some of his opportunities. The Chargers remade their line in the offseason, signing Russell Okung to replace King Dunlap at left tackle and drafting guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, but offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is known more for high-volume passing attacks than keeping the ball on the ground, so Gordon may have to keep improving as a receiver if he wants to eclipse last year's 295 touches.
The peak of Gordon's rookie year was draft day, when he was selected with the 15th overall pick. He looked lost during extensive preseason action (20-45, 2.2 a carry) and it carried over to the regular season (3.5 an attempt, zero touchdowns). He's just the 10th player since the merger to go scoreless on more than 200 touches. To be fair, the San Diego offense line was a joke all season, too. And sometimes young players need some time to sort out the pro game and put things together— consider the jump Le'Veon Bell made from Year 1 to Year 2. That said, Gordon's second season didn't get off to a snappy start when he underwent microfracture surgery in January. The Chargers don't have a deep backfield challenging Gordon, but he remains a major question mark as we get ready for the 2016 season. If you want to buy into Gordon, consider the pedigree and the bad luck from last year. The price has come down significantly, too. If you prefer to fade, last year's putrid production and the uncertainty of his health play into your argument.
While Todd Gurley was considered the best running back in this year's draft, his knee injury and Gordon's impressive talent and record-breaking season at Wisconsin left some question as to who would come off the board first. A 6-1, 215-pound physical specimen, Gordon plays faster than his middling 4.52 40 time, but it's outstanding burst, balance and agility that are his true weapons, as evidenced by the difficulty college defenders had getting a good angle or clean hit on him. Some scouts questioned his vision, as he bounced outside too often and relied on his talent to gain yards rather than waiting for a hole to develop. On the other hand, the work he put into improving as a receiver bodes well for his work ethic and future as a three-down back. Barring a training camp disaster, Gordon will be the Week 1 starter for San Diego and should get a big workload immediately.
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Could skip regular-season games
RBLos Angeles Chargers
July 11, 2019
Gordon's agent said there's a "strong possibility" the running back will hold out into the regular season if he doesn't receive a new contract, Tom Pelissero of reports.
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Preparing for holdout or trade
RBLos Angeles Chargers
July 11, 2019
Gordon doesn't plan to report to training camp unless he signs a contract extension first, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Wants new contract
RBLos Angeles Chargers
June 12, 2019
Gordon said Tuesday that he's discussing a new contract with the Chargers, Eric D. Williams of reports.
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Plans to stay with Chargers
RBLos Angeles Chargers
February 1, 2019
Gordon is confident he will reach a long-term agreement with the Chargers, but first he wants to see the contract Le'Veon Bell ends up signing, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
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Quiet in playoff exit
RBLos Angeles Chargers
January 13, 2019
Gordon rushed nine times for 15 yards and a touchdown while catching one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round loss to New England.
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