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Melvin Gordon knows there can only be one true No. 1 RB in Denver

Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos are heading into the 2020 season with a crowded backfield that includes Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsay, and Royce Freeman. Despite Denver’s intention of utilizing each of their running backs, Gordon knows that only one of them can be considered the No. 1 running back on the depth chart.

“We’re gonna compete for that spot,” the Broncos RB said. “I know it’s his territory. You gotta take the humble route, but I’m a competitor at the end of the day. I’m gonna compete and he is, too. I’m just gonna put my head down and work and see where I’m at. But you’re right, there can only be, there’s a No. 1 guy and a No. 2 guy — it is what it is. I’m gonna go work and get mine.”

While Freeman has performed decently in his first two seasons, the competition for the No. 1 spot is likely going to be between Gordon and Lindsay. As an undrafted rookie in 2018, Lindsay has compiled back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Broncos.

Surprisingly enough, that is one more 1,000-yard season that Gordon has produced in his five years in the NFL. Nevertheless, seeing that the Broncos gave Gordon a two-year, $16 million deal this offseason, he is the favorite to win the starting job.

In today’s NFL, most teams are trending toward using multiple running backs in an attempt to keep their players healthy. Still, teams have to decide on a de facto starter that is going to see the majority of the snaps on offense. Even though Lindsay has held the starting role for the past two seasons, Gordon believes he’ll seize the starting job in 2020.