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Melvin Gordon III

Melvin Gordon III

RB - DEN

Height: 6' 1"Weight: 215 lbsAge: 28College: WisconsinDrafted: #15 (1st Rd.)

Week 2 Outlook

DEN @ JAC
Sun 1:00pm ET
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Week Rank (ECR) RB #21
Projection 11.3 pts

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93%
 
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89%
 
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According to PFF, Melvin Gordon finished with 32 total snaps during the Broncos' win against the New York Giants. While he had a fantastic game on the ground - 11 carries for 101 yards and a score - he was out-snapped by Williams. With Williams' 34 total snaps, this is a complete 50/50 split and Gordon showed that he shouldn't be sent to the bench just yet in favor of the rookie RB. He ripped off a beautiful long TD run and significantly outperformed Williams. Even though this is a completely even timeshare, Gordon's absolutely in play as a top-24 option this week against the Jaguars defense that just allowed the Houston Texans to run for 160 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

It looks like this is truly a 50/50 backfield. In fact, Williams and Gordon each played exactly half of Denver's 66 snaps in the opener. Williams carried 14 times for 45 yards, and his one target was caught for a four-yard loss. Gordon was no more effective until he popped off a 70-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 11 carries for 101 yards and the touchdown, and he caught all three of his targets for 17 yards. The lowly Texans trampled the Jaguars for 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, suggesting that Jacksonville hasn't significantly upgraded a run defense that gave up 153.3 rushing yards a game and yielded 23 TD runs in 2020. Williams and Gordon both fall into the high-end RB3 range for Week 3.

Gordon had 11 rushing attempts for 101 yards and a 70-yard touchdown in Week 1. He did split 50% of the reps with Javonte Williams, but the big game should help him see more work in Week 2 and the Jaguars D is horrible. Gordon is a low-end RB2 this week.

The final stat line looks tremendous - 101 yards and a score on 11 attempts, while mixing in for three receptions and an additional 17 yards. Those numbers were highly inflated by a 70-yard scamper, however. It was a great run that really opened an opportunity for Gordon managers to trade him away and profit. As the season moves along this backfield should trend more and more towards Javonte Williams, just as we expected entering the year. The Jaguars and Jets are two appetizing matchups to try and sell would-be-buyers on.

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