Shurmur addressed those rumors and the Broncos' running back situation in a conversation with The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala:
“Listen, I’m all for adding good players at every position,” Shurmur said. “I feel like Phillip Lindsay is an outstanding player that we can hand the ball or throw the ball to. The fact that we have two running backs now that can be very explosive with the ball in their hands, whether you throw it or run it, I think it’s a good thing. I really do think you need more than one running back. Royce Freeman did a great job last year as well. So we’re going to utilize both and all three of them and try to utilize their skills. The whole pounding-the-table narrative — listen, I’m the new guy here. But I will say this: I’m looking forward to adding outstanding players to all position groups.”
When Shurmur joined the Broncos, the team already had a duo of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. However, during free agency, Denver elected to add Gordon after he spent five seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.
As an undrafted free agent, Lindsay has done more than enough to earn a starting job in his first two seasons. Seeing that Gordon received a two-year, $16 million deal though, he figures to have a featured role in 2020.
Without a doubt, having multiple running backs that can produce is better than having none. Even though he had less to do with the Broncos signing Gordon than people have been led to believe, Shurmur is all for adding more weapons to his offense.