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Chargers post-draft roster evaluation: Running back edition

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Melvin Gordon: 

Many began calling Gordon a draft bust already after his rookie debut in 2015, where he rushed for a little over 650 yards and no touchdowns to go with his total. Charger fans knew and the coaches knew as well what he was capable of, and the offensive line was a key problem to Melvin’s average rookie year. In 2016, he bounced back in a big way, proving his value to the league. He finished the season with 997 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns as well, earning him Pro Bowl honors. Melvin ended his season a couple games shy due to a season-ending injury. Had it not been for the injury, and former head Coach Mike McCoy’s decision to ditch the run toward the end of games, Melvin would have easily broken the 1,000 -yard barrier. Look for Melvin to make big things happen once again now that we have head coach Anthony Lynn. I’m projecting a 1,200-yard performance with seven touchdowns this coming year and another solid fantasy football performance from the young man also.