Aug 13, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) goes in motion after the snap during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
San Diego Chargers rookie running back Melvin Gordon went through drills on Thursday morning, but it looked like he was going at half the speed and was stepping gingerly with the cuts.
Check out this vid that was posted by the Chargers twitter account:
"High and tight" https://t.co/D9rUrnpUTr
— San Diego #Chargers (@Chargers) August 20, 2015
Just watch Melvin in comparison to the other backs running through the drill. Either he can’t make the cuts that he wants to because of a bum ankle or he is just dogging it on the drill. I would rather assume that the ankle injury that he has is slowing him down.
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The Chargers will face off against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday and that could have been a good game for Melvin to get some good reps on offense, but he might not hit the field with that injury slowing him down. If he can’t make the cuts, then he shouldn’t even hit the field for a preseason game.
The fans would just have to wait another game to see what he can do. Of course there are going to be some upset fans. We all watched Ryan Mathews struggle through injuries throughout his time with the Chargers and it has scarred us. We don’t want to run through that all over again with Melvin. He still should sit out and rest if he can’t make the cuts.
Gordon is going to be a key player for this offense, but this is still the preseason. The reps can go to Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead for the first team. Oliver will get another chance to show that he can be a solid starter if he gets the chance. This could open up an opportunity for Donald Brown to keep his job though.