Melvin Gordon signed rookie contract last night
By Ernie Padaon
The San Diego Chargers have reached deals with all their rookies after signing Melvin Gordon last night.
The San Diego Chargers reached terms with their first round draft selection Melvin Gordon last night. That means that all the San Diego Chargers selections have been signed and they will be ready to go for camp that will open up today in the rain.
What are the expectations of Melvin Gordon entering his rookie season? As the first round selection, we all want to see those big time breakaway runs that he showed in college. We expect him to carry the load on offense in the running game and we will have to see what he can do pass blocking and catching the ball out of the backfield. We need him to make an impact on this offense.
There are going to be mistakes from the kid, but we still expect to see a fair amount of big plays and some have already have him as the favorite for the rookie of the year award. Melvin is a playmaker and that is the reason why he was brought onto the roster. The Chargers were looking to add a playmaker at the top of the draft and Gordon should provide that ability to the team.
Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will be the change of pace backs for the team. Woodhead will likely see a lot of 3rd down and passing situations, while Oliver will be brought in to give Gordon a breather from time to time. Woodhead can also be used in the slot as a receiver. Both Gordon and Woodhead could be on the field at the same time.
Gordon is going to be the main back and get most of the carries. It will be on his shoulders to make the run game move. It will be on his shoulders to get that tough yard on 3rd and short and in the goal line. Can he stick his nose in the middle of the line and make it happen?
Fans know what we had in the past with Ladainian Tomlinson running the ball. We know that he was a special back and we can’t put that type of expectations on Gordon, but we are expecting him to make that type of impact anyway. Can he be that back for us?
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