The San Diego Chargers are just days away from suiting up and kicking off the 2016 regular season at Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. But first, we’re going to take one more look at the preseason.
The Chargers went 1-3 in the preseason, but we’re not concerned with the team’s record. Instead, several players stepped up and played well and either gave hope for the coming season or made the team based on their play on the field.
Undrafted rookie running back Kenneth Farrow and former CFL safety Dexter McCoil both did enough to impress the coaching staff, making the team’s final 53-man roster.
Philip Rivers looked terrific during the limited action that he saw but if I were to choose the Most Valuable Player of the preseason, it was definitely Melvin Gordon. If you had polled Chargers fans before the preseason started and asked them which player they wanted to see have a big preseason, Gordon probably would have been the most given answer.
Gordon showed us everything we wanted to see this preseason, but most importantly, that he looks recovered from offseason knee surgery.
One cut, and gone.@melvingordon25 to the HOUSE.
— NFL (@NFL) August 28, 2016
During just a few series on the field, Gordon carried the ball 13 times for 81 yards and caught two passes for 49 yards this preseason. But it was the big plays that he produced that stand out.
In the first quarter of the preseason opener, he caught a pass from Rivers and raced 44 yards for a touchdown. Chargers fans didn’t see Gordon get into the end zone one single time during his rookie season in 2015. Then, in the third preseason game against the Vikings, he had a terricic 39-yard touchdown run that really showed off how good of a player he can be.
Hopefully, the Chargers will get the player they used a first-round draft pick on in 2015. If the preseason is any indication, they will.