The Denver Broncos made a splash with the addition of former Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon in free agency. It seems he is already well aware of what is expected of him with his new team.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding the pecking order in the backfield with Gordon and Phillip Lindsay in the mix. According to Mike Klis of 9News, Gordon feels they can become one of the best tandems in the NFL:
“I think we can be a great 1-2 punch. I know people are wondering what is his position with getting carries and things like that. Right now it’s about winning football games and we’ll worry about that later.’’
It is certainly encouraging to see that Gordon has already embraced the prospect of sharing duties with Lindsay in the backfield. While there is still some concern regarding whether or not there are enough touches to go around, his comments indicate that he is optimistic about the process.
Lindsay is coming off consecutive 1,000-yard rushing campaigns in his first two seasons with the Broncos. And his familiarity with the system will likely give him the edge heading into the 2020 NFL season. Meanwhile, Gordon is a two-time Pro Bowler and comes to the Broncos with something to prove against a now-division rival in the Chargers.
Fortunately, Gordon has become accustomed to working in a 1-2 punch alongside running back Austin Ekeler during his time in Los Angeles. He handled most of the early-down work while Ekeler served as the primary receiving option out of the backfield. However, Gordon’s versatile skill set will allow him to take on any role that the Broncos see fit.