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How Chargers could use Melvin Gordon to land Jalen Ramsey

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 22: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on during action against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter of the preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 22: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on during action against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter of the preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers fights off cornerback Greg Mabin #26 of the San Francisco 49ers as he runs for a first down in the fourth quarter of the game at StubHub Center on September 30, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers fights off cornerback Greg Mabin #26 of the San Francisco 49ers as he runs for a first down in the fourth quarter of the game at StubHub Center on September 30, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers

Another team that has gotten off to a fast 2-0 start and another team that has solid offensive weapons aside from the running back position.

Jimmy Garoppolo is starting to come into his own and he has targets such as Marquise Goodwin and rookie Deebo Samuel to throw to. Tight end George Kittle has the ability to be the best at his position in the league.

At running back, free-agent signing Tevin Coleman is already on injured reserve, leaving the team to move ahead with Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson. All three of those players have shown flashes of playmaking ability and each has a solid role on the team, but Gordon would give the team the ability to have one of the league’s top offenses, particularly with Kyle Shanahan calling the plays.

In 2016, Devonta Freeman ran for a career-high 1,079 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns with Shanahan as his offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Faclons. He also caught 54 passes as the Falcons ran all the way to the Super Bowl.

What could Shanahan do with a talent such as Gordon, a player who is arguably much better than Freeman? That’s an enticing thought, and one the Niners should be looking into.

Other teams such as the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are also potential destinations for Gordon. With Ramsey on the table, general manager Tom Telesco should think about getting creative in order to bring in one of the league’s best defenders.

Unless of course, he and the Spanos’ want to watch the Kansas City Chiefs or New England Patriots make a trade for him. Which is probably what is actually going to happen, right?

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