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Los Angeles Chargers: Top 5 players midway through the season

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 29: Melvin Gordon
FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 29: Melvin Gordon

No. 5: RB Melvin Gordon

I love me some Melvin Gordon.

Gordon currently leads the Chargers with eight total touchdowns (four rushing and four receiving). He ranks seventh in the NFL in rushing with 526 yards, and his 235 receiving yards are the 10th-most by a running back. He had a career-high nine catches in a Week 6 comeback win over the Oakland Raiders, while his 87-yard rushing touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 8 was the longest of his career. Gordon was also named AFC Player of the Week for his Week 5 performance against the New York Giants.

Despite leading the charge for a struggling Charger offense, Gordon has been bottled up more often than not. He only has three carries of 20-plus yards and averaged under 4.0 yards per carry in five of the eight games. Majority of it has to due with poor run blocking, as well as injuries. His ability to make people miss in the passing game is something special.

Following a bye week for the #Chargers , @Melvingordon25 still ranks 2nd among all HBs with 9 MT on receiving plays. Behind Kareem Hunt's 14

— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_LAChargers) November 7, 2017

Even though Gordon has started every game, he hasn’t been 100 percent healthy, dealing with foot, shoulder and knee injuries throughout the first half of the season. Like we’ve seen, though, the more Gordon gets the ball, the better chance the Chargers have at winning.

PS: If tight end Hunter Henry were utilized more, then maybe he’d be here.

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