Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
5 days ago

Gordon said he is working to diversify his route running, ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon caught 99 of 140 targets for 895 yards and six TDs in 29 games the past two seasons, with his talent as an open-field runner making up for a subpar catch rate (70.7 percent) for a running back. He did nice work on screen passes and check downs, but knows that he needs to become comfortable with a wider array of routes to take another step as a pass catcher. The Chargers surely would appreciate any progress, as they'll need more out of their running backs and wide receivers after losing TE Hunter Henry to a torn ACL. It remains to be seen how passing-down snaps will be divided between Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, all of whom have shown promise in that regard.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
2 months ago

The Chargers officially picked up Gordon's fifth-year contract Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon's 3.9 yards per carry last season don't jump off the page, but he did sport one of the heaviest volumes in the league, rushing 284 times for 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Only Le'Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy carried the rock more often than Gordon, who didn't have much help after Austin Ekeler suffered a broken left hand. The team has opted against spending much on the position in the draft or free agency thus far, adding just seventh-round draft pick Justin Jackson to the fold. If that remains the case, Gordon could be in line for an equally large workload again in 2018.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
2 months ago

The Chargers are slated to pick up Gordon's fifth-year option, a move that would keep the 25-year-old under contract with the team through the 2019 season, the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon logged 284 carries for 1,105 yards and eight rushing TDs in 16 games last season, while adding 58 catches for 476 yards and four receiving scores. The 2015 first-rounder remains firmly atop the Chargers' running back depth chart, with Austin Ekeler and Russell Hansbrough also under contract with the team. Given that context, it's inevitable that depth at the position will be added, either through this week's draft or via free agency, with the likes of C.J. Anderson, DeMarco Murray and Alfred Morris all still looking for new teams.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
4 months ago

The Chargers may look to acquire another running back during the offseason in an effort to manage Gordon's workload, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite the emergence of undrafted rookie, Austin Ekeler, who finished his first campaign with 539 total yards and five touchdowns, Williams suggests the Chargers might be eager to acquire another backup more along the lines of an "early-down bruiser", presumably to spell Gordon in short-yardage situations. While Gordon did cross the 1,000-rushing threshold for the first time in his career, he once again failed to average more than four yards-per-carry, joining Leonard Fournette as the only other player in 2017 to rush for 1,000 or more yards and not reach the aforementioned mark. We'll learn more about the Chargers offseason plans in May, when the team must decide whether to pick up Gordon's fifth-year option. Should they do that, the 2015 first-round pick will be slated to accrue just over $10,000,000 dollars in 2019, likely setting the stage for a potential multi-year contract down the road.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
6 months ago

Gordon (ankle) carried the ball 17 times for 93 yards and also caught six of his seven targets for 31 yards in the 30-10 shellacking of the Raiders on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

You couldn't tell Gordon was limited in practice all week with a sprained ankle, as the third-year running back posted his second highest yards-per-carry average (5.5) of 2017 in a dominating performance to close the season. While the 24-year-old missed out on averaging at least four yards-per-carry for a third consecutive season, Gordon did cross the 1,000-yard threshold for the first time in his career, and also set a career-high in receptions and receiving yards. The do-it-all running back appears to be entering his prime, and in an offense hellbent on featuring its running back both on the ground and through the air, Gordon's projected usage rate will once again have him slotted among the first handful of picks in fantasy drafts come the new campaign.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
6 months ago

Gordon (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

EDGE Analysis

After Gordon sprained his left ankle in the 14-7 win over the Jets in Week 16, it initially didn't appear promising that he would be able to make it back in time for the regular-season finale, but he received the green light after logging limited practice sessions Thursday and Friday. Though Gordon incurred no issues in pregame warmups, there's still some concern regarding how long he'll able to hold up Sunday due to the ankle injury, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. With that in mind, Branden Oliver, the team's only healthy backup running back, could be pressed into extended action if Gordon suffers a mid-game setback.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
6 months ago

Gordon (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders, a league source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon is listed as questionable on the official injury report. Gordon appeared to be moving okay Friday while running routes at practice, so this report adds to the outlook that he will play. However, this report isn't his official status so fantasy owners will need to check his availability before Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
6 months ago

Gordon (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

EDGE Analysis

We'd expect Gordon to give it a go Sunday, with the Chargers still in the playoff hunt, but that may not be confirmed until about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff, upon the release of the team's Week 17 inactives. Per ESPN's Eric D. Williams,Gordon appeared to be moving okay Friday while running routes at practice, which offers a nugget to support the notion that the running back should be able to tough things out in Week 17.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
6 months ago

The Chargers listed Gordon (ankle) as a limited practice participant Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

It was thought that the running back would be listed as a non-participant, but evidently he got some work in Thursday. Assuming his ankle responds fine to the work he put in, Gordon would appear to be headed toward active status Sunday against the Raiders. More on his status no later than Friday, when the Chargers release their final Week 17 injury report.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
6 months ago

Gordon (ankle) won't practice Thursday, but Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is optimistic the running back will turn in a limited session Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon isn't abandoning hope of playing in the season finale against the Raiders, but he'll almost certainly carry an injury designation heading into the weekend after Lynn more or less confirmed the 24-year-old won't practice fully at any point this week. Though the swelling around the sprained left ankle Gordon sustained in the Week 16 win over the Jets is said to be minimal, it appears he'll have to play through pain if he ultimately suits up Sunday. In the event Gordon isn't able to demonstrate enough progress in his recovery and is ruled out for Week 17, backup Branden Oliver would assume lead-back duties for the first time this season.