Gordon, who participated in the team's first on-field workout of the offseason, is still recovering from knee and hip injuries that sidelined him for the final three games of the 2016 season, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. Head coach Anthony Lynn seems to be happy with Gordon's recovery progression stemming from a Week 14 dual hip and knee strains, although he admits the team is taking it slowly with its former first-round pick. "Right now he's kind of doing more things straight ahead, and as we continue on he'll do more lateral movements. But right now he's doing good." One of last year's breakout running backs, Gordon figures to be a major part of the Chargers offense once he returns to full health, especially with former receiving threat Danny Woodhead now in Baltimore. While there's a chance Gordon could see his carries reduced given Lynn's hope to involve multiple running backs in the game plan, the Wisconsin alum should nevertheless be an attractive fantasy option come the start of the new year.
Head coach Anthony Lynn said he believes in using multiple running backs, but he also added that Gordon (knee, hip) will get the ball "over and over" if he gets in a groove, Chargers.com reports. "I'm a proponent of let the hot hand roll," said Lynn. "If Melvin touches the ball and Melvin produces, Melvin will stay in the game. But, we will be using multiple running backs." Though injuries cost him the final three games of the season, Gordon spent most of his sophomore campaign serving as one of the NFL's few three-down workhorse backs. Lynn seemingly wants to increase the involvement of the team's other running backs next season, but there's no question Gordon will still be heavily used. The biggest concern would be if the team re-signed Danny Woodhead (knee), who could pose a major threat to Gordon's receiving workload. Gordon caught 41 of 57 targets for 419 yards and a pair of scores last season, with four or more receptions in six straight games between late October and early December.
New head coach Anthony Lynn believes Gordon (hip) could rise to another level in his third season, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. "He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year. And I told him we can take this to another level. We're going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him." It's interesting to note that Lynn did not discuss Gordon's burgeoning receiving skills, instead opting to discuss what he could improve while running the ball. Given Danny Woodhead's impending free agency, it remains to be seen if the Chargers view Gordon as a three-down back or if they'll prefer to utilize him strictly in the ground game. Regardless, it's clear Lynn and the rest of the Chargers staff took notice of the Wisconsin alum's breakout 2016 campaign. Assuming he recovers from a hip and knee strain that caused him to miss the final three games of the regular season, Gordon should certainly be considered one of the top fantasy running backs entering the 2017 season.
Gordon (hip) didn't suit up for the Chargers' final three games due to a PCL sprain in his left knee, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Gordon suffered what was eventually a season-ending knock in Week 14, but the ailments were merely termed a hip strain and knee sprain at the time. With the latter clarified, it's no surprise that he was unable to make a return to the lineup, bringing a breakout campaign to an abbreviated end. Falling just shy of 1,000 yards rushing in 13 games -- 997, to be exact -- Gordon also corralled 41 of 57 passes for 419 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.
Gordon (knee/hip) rushed 254 times for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns, while catching 41 passes (on 57 targets) for 419 yards and two more scores in 13 games played this season. Gordon frustrated fantasy owners by losing four fumbles and failing to score a single touchdown during his rookie season, but the 2015 first-rounder showed precisely why he was so coveted with his strong displays this time around. With teammate Danny Woodhead (knee) going down in Week 2, Gordon started the season with 10 touchdowns through San Diego's first seven contests, emerging as a top fantasy tailback along the way. Without much competition for snaps, Gordon only had two games this season in which he neither rushed for 70 yards nor scored a touchdown. One of those came in Week 14 versus the Panthers, when Gordon was forced into an early exit due to a strained hip and sprained knee. Although those injuries prevented him from featuring in the Chargers' final three games, Gordon proved plenty capable as an every-down running back, averaging nearly 23 touches per week. With Woodhead slated to be a free agent this offseason, Gordon could enjoy a similar workload next season, when he should rank among the elite options at his position.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||Kansas City Chiefs||17||17.59|
|5||10/08||@New York Giants||7||14.88|
|8||10/29||@New England Patriots||9||15.26|
|15||12/17||@Kansas City Chiefs||17||17.59|
|16||12/24||@New York Jets||15||17.00|
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|3 Year Avg||219||819||5||37||306||1||147|