Has Melvin Gordon lost all of his leverage?
Watching the Chargers run the ball yesterday, many fans had to be saying, “See, we don’t need Melvin Gordon”. It certainly appeared as though the team can function without him, even if it was just one game.
The offensive line got a great push for much of the game and the Chargers averaged over six yards per carry. The team rushed for 125 yards on the day with a healthy balance between Austin Ekeler (58) and Justin Jackson (57). Both backs found gaping holes in the Colts defense.
Gordon is obviously a good receiving back, but the Chargers didn’t miss a beat in that department either. Philip Rivers likes to throw the ball to his running backs as much as any quarterback in the league and seven of his 25 completions went to running backs.
Ekeler caught six of those, racking up 96 yards through the air, much of which coming on a 55-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Gordon will reportedly rejoin his teammates somewhere between Weeks 6-8 this season, but his leverage to get the raise in pay he has been seeking, if there even was any at this point, is all but out the window.
There were many reasons why Gordon holding out for more money didn’t make much sense, starting with his history of injuries, but there was the thought that the team also had good depth behind him. The Chargers are obviously better with him, but they can also absolutely win without him.