The Los Angeles Chargers will go only as far as Philip Rivers takes them but that’s not to say he doesn’t need help. Running back Melvin Gordon is the key to the success of the Chargers along with Rivers in 2017. But which Gordon will the team see?
Will it be the rookie who struggled in 2015 with 641 yards and zero touchdowns or the one who made major strides in 2016 with 997 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns? This is what has to have the Chargers rejoicing but holding their breath as well
If Gordon can pick up where he left off last season that will give the offense a chance to resemble what they did in Rivers early years with LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates. To further the success of Gordon, the Chargers drafted wide receiver Mike Williams in the first round. However, Williams may be out for the season after suffering an injury and now the focus is shifted back to the third-year back.
Rivers is a bonafide stud in the passing game but having a RB with the ability that Gordon has will make Rivers that much better. If Gordon can come in and produce to the tune of at least 260 carries for 1300 yards and 8 touchdowns that will reduce some of the questionable throws in which Rivers has had to try over the last two seasons.
The issue that Gordon will run into is the division that he plays in. The Chiefs and Broncos are both strong upfront and will put the clamps on any rushing attack they see fit. What Gordon must concentrate on is making the first tackler miss and hit the second level of the defense. If it’s only to grind out 3 yards here and there then so be it but the Chargers need Gordon to show that breakaway speed that he’s known for.
If Gordon can up his average per rush from 3.9 to 4.4 and hit longer runs than he did in 2016 he could easily be in line for a Pro Bowl season.