Melvin Gordon's monster day put him in elite company
When the San Diego Chargers drafted Melvin Gordon 15th overall in the 2015 NFL draft, many hoped that he would become the next LaDainian Tomlinson.
The future Hall of Famer was unquestionably the best running back in franchise history. His play-making ability led the Chargers throughout the 2000s.
On Sunday, Gordon looked every bit like Tomlinson. The former Wisconsin tailback trucked the Tennessee Titans for a career-high 196 rushing yards and 261 yards from scrimmage.
Who was the last Charger to hit both of those numbers? Tomlinson, of course.
In fact, Tomlinson’s 271 yards from scrimmage in 2002 was the only total better than Gordon’s in franchise history.
Nobody could stop Gordon:
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Gordon’s road to NFL success hasn’t been a conventional one. The former first-round pick looked like a bust in his rookie season in San Diego. Gordon failed to score a touchdown and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry.
This season, however, has been the exact opposite.
Gordon is tied for the NFL lead with nine rushing touchdowns, he trails only Ezekiel Elliott and Demarco Murray in rushing yards and he’s even fifth among running backs n receiving yards.
“These last few weeks, you see how hard he’s running, how smooth he’s running,” Chargers quarterback Rivers said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “You can just tell he knows what he’s seeing and he’s making quick decisions … It’s been awesome to see. We’re going to need him down the stretch, that we all believe is going to be a heck of a stretch.”
Without Danny Woodhead, who is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Gordon has done it all for the Chargers. Any concern of him being a “bust” certainly looks to be a thing of the past.
You might even hear a few “M-V-P” chants if Gordon continues this torrid pace.