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May 2, 2021 07:12 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Joined by second-round RB
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Second-round draft pick Javonte Williams has joined Gordon in the Broncos backfield, Ben Swanson of the team's official site reports.

The Broncos moved up five spots in the 2021 draft in order to select Williams. Per GM George Paton, Williams was "one of (the team's) favorite players in the draft" and the North Carolina product will help fill the void created by the offseason departure of Phillip Lindsay. At this stage, Gordon remains atop Denver's running back depth chart, but Williams, whose prospect profile is highlighted by his ability to run through defenders, is going to be hard to keep of the field. As a result, some form of a timeshare figures to develop once Williams gets acclimated to the pro game. Also on hand in the team's backfield are Mike Boone and Royce Freeman.

March 10, 2021 02:08 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Avoids DUI charge
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Denver County Court dismissed Gordon's DUI charge Wednesday after he pled guilty to lesser charges of reckless driving and excessive speeding stemming from his Oct. 13 arrest, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

While the dropped DUI charge doesn't necessarily mean Gordon will escape NFL punishment, it certainly won't hurt his chances of avoiding a suspension or fine. Gordon is signed through 2021, with $4.5 million in guaranteed salary and a $2 million camp reporting bonus, per Klis.

January 14, 2021 02:24 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Enters not guilty plea
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon's attorneys entered a not guilty plea for his DUI charge from Oct. 14, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Gordon recently had a virtual court hearing, and his next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24. It sounds like the case will be resolved within the next few months, so Gordon could be suspended for the start of the 2021 regular season. He'll be entering the second season of a two-year contract after rushing for 986 yards and nine touchdowns in his first year with the Broncos.

January 13, 2021 10:32 AM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Totals 1,114 yards, 10 touchdowns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon ran for 986 yards and nine touchdowns on 215 carries in 2020 while adding 32 catches on 44 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown. He lost four fumbles during the season.

The debate in Denver heading into the season was how the Broncos would find ways to get the ball into the hands of its two talented backs -- Gordon and Phillip Lindsay.  The answer was largely just to feed Gordon. Gordon averaged 16.5 touches per game to Lindsay's 11.4 during the 2020 season and the raw touch numbers show greater disparity as Lindsay missed five full games with toe, knee and hip injuries. Gordon proved to be the difference in a couple of Denver's wins, including those against the Jets and Dolphins. His abilities as an inside runner and in the passing game also seemed to make him a better fit than Lindsay in Pat Shurmur's offense. Gordon's fumbles were a major issue and arguably cost the Broncos the season opener against Tennessee and almost came back to bite them against Miami. He also faces a suspension stemming from a DUI to start the 2021 campaign. The offseason won't, however, have as many questions as last: Gordon is the lead back in Mile High.

January 4, 2021 12:12 AM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Wraps up solid season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon carried the ball 26 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and caught four of six targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 32-31 loss to the Raiders.

His first season in Denver proved to be a fruitful one, as Gordon finished the campaign with 986 rushing yards and nine TDs in 15 games, although he didn't contribute as much as a receiver as he had in his last few years as a Charger. With Phillip Lindsay a restricted free agent in the offseason, Gordon could well find himself taking on a bigger workload in 2021 if the Broncos don't prioritize bringing in more backfield help next year.

December 27, 2020 10:08 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Solid performance in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon carried the ball 16 times for 79 yards in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Chargers.

He just missed posting a yards per carry of at least 5.0 for the fourth straight game, and Gordon saw his largest carry volume since Week 7. With Phillip Lindsay (hip) on IR, expect Gordon to see a big workload again in Week 17 against a vulnerable Raiders defense that just gave up 169 scrimmage yards and two TDs to the Dolphins' Myles Gaskin.

December 25, 2020 05:28 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: In line to lead backfield Sunday
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Gordon is set to be the Broncos' lead back Sunday versus the Chargers with Phillip Lindsay (hip/knee) sidelined and Royce Freeman (hip) questionable for the contest, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

When Lindsay sat out Weeks 2 through 4 earlier this season, Gordon drew 58 touches, turning them into 240 yards from scrimmage and three TDs. During that same three-game stretch, Freeman earned 12 touches, but with his status up in the air for Week 16, Gordon could see 20-plus touches for the third time on the campaign.

December 20, 2020 10:48 AM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Notches pair of rushing scores
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, adding four receptions for 20 yards during Saturday's 48-19 loss to Buffalo.

The two-time Pro Bowl back was able to fight through a shoulder issue that curtailed his practice reps throughout the week, notching his third 2020 performance of multiple rushing scores during a lopsided loss to the Bills. Gordon and Phillip Lindsay split the RB carries at an even 11-11; however, the 27-year-old was far more effective in generating a 5.5 yards-per-carry average (compared to Lindsay's 3.5 YPC). The Wisconsin product continues to ride a solid streak of play with 429 scrimmage yards and four total TDs over his past five outings. He'll try to fare better on the ground during a Week 16 rematch against his former team, after posting just 26 yards on eight carries versus the Chargers on Nov. 1.

December 19, 2020 11:16 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Suits up Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon (shoulder) is listed as active for Saturday afternoon's game against the Bills.

As is backfield mate Phillip Lindsay (hip). The stage is thus set for Gordon -- who logged 13 carries for 68 yards and three catches for 23 yards in Denver's Week 14 triumph over the Panthers -- and Lindsay (11 carries for 24 yards, two catches for seven yards) to continue to work in a timeshare on the ground Saturday. That said, Gordon's been more involved as a pass catcher this season and has notched seven TDs (in 12 games) to Lindsay's one (in 10 contests). The duo will take aim at a surging Buffalo defense that held Pittsburgh's lead back, James Conner, to 10 carries for 18 yards in a 26-15 win this past Sunday, but overall has still surrendered an average of 119.9 rushing yards per game to date.

December 19, 2020 01:28 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Expected to play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon (shoulder) is expected to suit up for Saturday's game against the Bills, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Gordon and backfield mate Phillip Lindsay (hip) are both expected to play versus the Bills, an eventuality which should result in the duo splitting carries fairly evenly, as usual. An official word on Denver's backfield will come when the team's inactives are released ahead of Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff.

December 17, 2020 12:36 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Questionable for Saturday's game
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Coach Vic Fangio noted Thursday both Gordon (shoulder) and Phillip Lindsay (hip) will be listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bills, Jeff Legwold of reports.

While the duo's status will need to be monitored prior to Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff, Mike Klis of 9News Denver previously relayed via Fangio that that both backs should be fine by the time the game rolls around. If that's the case, Gordon (who logged 13 carries in Week 14) and Lindsay (who carried 11 times) will continue to work in a fairly even time-share in Week 15.

December 17, 2020 02:00 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Should be good for Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon (shoulder) will be limited in Wednesday's practice, but he appears on track to play in Saturday's game against the Bills, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Gordon nicked up his shoulder late during last weekend's win over the Panthers. He couldn't practice in any capacity Tuesday, but his return to limited activity a day later is a sign of progress. Coach Vic Fanigo also said that backfield mate Phillip Lindsay (hip) should be available Week 15.

December 15, 2020 04:24 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: DNP on Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Gordon banged up his shoulder in the late stages of Denver's Week 14 victory at Carolina, ending the game with 13 carries for 68 yards and three receptions (on three targets) for 23 yards. Because the Broncos are operating on a short week ahead of Saturday's contest against the Bills, they may just be managing Gordon's reps, especially with Phillip Lindsay (hip) listed as limited Tuesday. With both of the team's top two running backs banged up, Royce Freeman is the only healthy member at the position on the active roster.

December 14, 2020 12:32 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: No suspension this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon (shoulder) has had his plea and sentencing on a DUI charge scheduled for Jan. 14 and will not be at risk of a suspension in 2020, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Gordon will finish out the 2020 campaign without risk of punishment from the NFL after having appeared in court Monday, per Klis. However, he could be handed a possible suspension come 2021. That isn't to say that the 27-year-old's immediate availability isn't without question, considering that he injured his shoulder late in Sunday's 32-27 win over the Panthers. Gordon has amassed 233 total yards in his last two appearances, but his participation in practice will need to be monitored ahead of Denver's Week 15 game against the Bills.

December 14, 2020 12:08 AM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Dings shoulder against Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon (shoulder) ran for 68 yards on 13 carries, adding three receptions for 23 yards during Sunday's 32-27 win against Carolina.

Gordon banged up his shoulder late in Sunday's win, providing clarification for why Phillip Lindsay shouldered the majority of the RB work over the latter stages of the contest, per Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site. Practice involvement for the two-time Pro Bowl back will merit monitoring this upcoming week, but he has been rather efficient of late when on the field, delivering 5.5 yards per carry with two rushing scores over his past five outings. Immediately prior to that sample, Gordon had been held to 4.0 yards per carry or worse in three consecutive games Weeks 7 through 9. An upcoming matchup against the Bills is not as formidable as it was this time last year, with Buffalo ranking 24th against the run in 2020.

December 7, 2020 01:36 AM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Busts out for 131 rushing yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon rushed 15 times for 131 yards while catching one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.

The Broncos had the Chiefs on the brink of defeat for more than half of the contest, and Gordon's rushing onslaught played a big role in the near-upset. The veteran back has shown us flashes of why he was considered one of the league's top rushers before falling out with the Chargers, but the lack of consistency has made him frustrating to rely on in fantasy. A chunk of the blame can be placed on mediocre quarterback play and injuries on the offensive line, but excuses are not traditionally a scoring category in weekly matchups. That being said, a gratuitous matchup against a porous Panthers defense (25.6 fantasy points per game to opposing RBs) lies ahead for managers potentially heading into the fantasy playoffs.

November 29, 2020 11:00 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Stymied in tough Week 12 matchup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon registered 31 rushing yards on 12 carries during Sunday's 31-3 loss to New Orleans.

Gordon was running into stacked boxes throughout the afternoon, as recent practice squad addition Kendall Hinton posed virtually no threat as a passer with one completion all game. Gordon took a handful of snaps from the wildcat formation, but he was held to just 2.6 yards per carry in the contest, also finishing without a reception for a third consecutive game. Denver's offense could look more formidable Week 13 for a road trip to Arrowhead Stadium if Drew Lock is activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Kansas City's rush defense has been susceptible, ranking 27th on the season, but Denver may be forced into a pass-heavy game script if trailing in the second half.

November 29, 2020 12:32 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Should be busy Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With Kendall Hinton slated to fill in at QB for the Broncos on Sunday against the Saints, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News expects " a steady diet of Hinton handing off" to Gordon and Phillip Lindsay.

Gordon ran 15 times for 84 yards and two TDs in last weekend's win over the Dolphins, while Lindsay logged 16 carries for 82 yards in that contest. Both should remain busy Sunday, with Hinton, who's been working as a wideout on the team's practice squad but does have college QB experience, subbing in due to the fact that the team's usual signal-callers are unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols. Denver's third running back, Royce Freeman, is also a candidate to see added Week 12 snaps, perhaps as a wildcat option. As Renck points out, the Saints "know the run is coming," but given the timing and unique situation in play here, the Broncos' play-calling options are limited.

November 22, 2020 10:24 PM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Two TDs in win over Dolphins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon carried the ball 15 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Dolphins.

Phillip Lindsay produced nearly identical numbers (16 carries for 82 yards) in terms of volume, but it was Gordon who scored the Broncos' only two TDs of the afternoon. He nearly had a third in the fourth quarter, but upon review he was ruled to have fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line. The duo will likely have a much tougher time finding running room in Week 12 against a Saints defense that just held Todd Gurley to 29 scrimmage yards.

November 16, 2020 12:16 AM
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Limited usage in lopsided loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gordon registered 46 rushing yards on 11 carries while failing to haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 37-12 loss to the Raiders.

Backfield mate Phillip Lindsay was seldom deployed during Sunday's divisional defeat, notching just four touches, but Gordon's involvement faded as well with the Broncos falling into a 14-point deficit by the start of the fourth quarter. Denver elected to throw 47 times to just 19 team rush attempts in an effort to come from behind, but a lost fumble from DaeSean Hamilton along with a late interception from Drew Lock eliminated any hope for a comeback in the final frame. The two-time Pro Bowl back has now been held under 50 rushing yards in three straight games heading into a Week 11 matchup against a Dolphins defense that contained Chargers backs to 3.6 yards per attempt during a Week 10 win.

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1Mon 09/14vs TENL 14-1615781380
2Sun 09/20@ PITL 21-26197002141
3Sun 09/27vs TBL 10-2882604120
4Thu 10/01@ NYJW 37-282310722110
7Sun 10/25vs KCL 16-43176812120
8Sun 11/01vs LACW 31-3082606210
9Sun 11/08@ ATLL 27-346180190
10Sun 11/15@ LVL 12-3711460000
11Sun 11/22vs MIAW 20-1315842000
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13Sun 12/06@ KCL 16-221513101110
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16Sun 12/27@ LACL 16-1916790000
17Sun 01/03vs LVL 31-32269314170
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