The time has finally come for Melvin Gordon to end his holdout with the Los Angeles Chargers after being away from the team for 64 days. Gordon has made his way back to the team, but he won’t suit up against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4.
According to head coach Anthony Lynn, Gordon will assume his role as the starter again and could make his season debut in Week 5. As well as Austin Ekeler performed in his absence, it’s tough to imagine him not getting touches too.
Regardless, it seems as if Gordon will become the featured back when the Chargers face the Denver Broncos in Week 5. What should we expect from the dynamic running back in his first game back? Here are three bold predictions for Gordon when he makes his debut with the Chargers.
3. Gordon Will Score Three Total Touchdowns
In the past few seasons, Gordon has become a mainstay in the Chargers offense. Aside from his rookie campaign in 2015, scoring touchdowns have become a normal occurrence for the Wisconsin product.
If Gordon takes the field against the Broncos in two weeks, he will be going against a defense that has given up the most rushing touchdowns to running backs this season. Denver has allowed five rushing touchdowns in three games and faces Leonard Fournette in Week 4.
With all of that being considered, Gordon will find the end zone three times in his debut with the Chargers.
2. Gordon Will Rush for 150 Yards
Along with scoring touchdowns, Gordon should be able to gash Denver’s defense for plenty of yards. Gordon is going to get a healthy workload in his return and should be given plenty of opportunities to gain yards on the ground.
In light of that, the Chargers running back will rush for 150 yards in his season debut for Los Angeles. Gordon’s career-high in rushing yards is 196 versus the Tennessee Titans in 2016.
He won’t quite reach that mark in his debut but he will come close to it by getting at least 150 yards.
1. Gordon Will Catch 10 Passes
There is no doubt that Gordon will return to being the featured back in the Chargers backfield. But will Ekeler vulture touches to prevent Gordon from being as effective as he once was?
It remains to be seen how Los Angeles decides to divvy up the touches in the backfield but the veteran rusher will still be utilized all over the field. Over the past few seasons, Gordon has gradually become a better receiving threat out of the backfield.
Upon his return to the field, Gordon is going to surpass his personal single-game record of receptions by catching 10 passes in his debut.