I’ve been a Melvin Gordon guy since he was at Wisconsin. To me, the guy has always produced when he wasn’t nursing an injury. That’s really the biggest knock on him; that he can’t ever play a full season. The good thing is I don’t think if he were to get brought in that he would be looked at as the bell-cow running back. There aren’t many teams that go that route anyway and I don’t think a Mike McDaniel-themed offense would only want to feature one guy.
Pairing Melvin Gordon with Duke Johnson and Phillip Lindsay gives the Dolphins three guys that are solid and have done good things in the league. That’s going to be a theme with all the guys I’m bringing up in this article. Whoever Miami brings in, they’re going to have to share the load with Duke, Lindsay, or perhaps both.
Gordon had 918 yards last year with a 4.5 per carry average. Denver drafted JeVonte Williams to pair with Gordon and the due did quite well. That backfield belongs to Williams now and it’s time for Gordon, who is only 28 but that’s like 48 in running back years, to find another team to be on for a few seasons.
Two other areas where I love Gordon are in the passing game and his ability to score the ball. He only had 28 catches last year but he also wasn’t being asked to catch it too often . Back in his Charger years, he was asked to be a big part of the passing game and he put up two 50+ reception seasons. The guy can catch it and make plays with it after he catches it.
Gordon had eight rushing TDs and two receiving scores last year. Outside of his rookie year, Melvin Gordon hasn’t had less than nine total TDs in a season. In a game where scoring a lot of TDs is important, I think it’s a good idea that Miami has as many guys on the team who are really good at getting into the endzone. If you’re really into analytics, feel free to run the numbers and grind the tape on my theory.