Broncos’ Vic Fangio shares thoughts on signing Melvin Gordon
The Denver Broncos made one of the biggest moves of the offseason earlier this month when they signed two-time Pro Bowler Melvin Gordon. While 2019 was a down year for the 26-year-old running back, Denver obviously got itself a good player — a sentiment that is shared by Broncos head coach Vic Fangio.
Gordon signed a two-year deal worth $16 million and $13.5 guaranteed with his new team
“I just think the guy’s a good football player and anytime you can add a good football player . . . it’s always a good thing to do,” Fangio said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.
Fangio also mentioned that he watched all of Gordon’s carries in his two games against the Broncos in 2018. In those two games, the former Wisconsin star combined to record 28 carries for 111 yards while adding 11 catches for an additional 111 yards through the air.
However, after contract disputes to start the 2019 season, Gordon was limited to just 12 games in 2019. And although he started 11 of those games, it was clear that the 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back wasn’t the same player he was the season prior.
As a whole, Gordon recorded 162 carries for 612 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 296 yards receiving to his season stat line.
Additionally, while Gordon has the potential to be an absolute superstar for Denver, the starting job isn’t automatically his. Third-year undrafted running back Phillip Lindsay seemingly came out of nowhere to make an impact for the Broncos in his first two seasons.
Lindsay has recorded at least 1,000 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in each of his first two seasons and was even selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie.