Melvin Gordon says team needs to understand the racing game


The Denver Broncos have a pair of talented and productive running backs in Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams.

Gordon and Williams largely weren’t the problems during Denver’s four-game losing streak. Gordon is averaging 4.5 yards per carry this season and Williams is averaging 4.6 yards per catch. These are good numbers.

Strangely, however, Gordon and Williams have only got one each, respectively, in the past four weeks. In three of the Broncos’ last four losses, both fullbacks have had nine or fewer races.

Game situations dictate part of that, but Denver could run more often even being left behind during games.

“We just have to stay on the pitch,” Gordon said Thursday when asked how the team’s rushed attack can improve. “We have to convert on the third tries. It’s hard when we’re falling behind, but we have to find a way to be able to spin the ball, because when we direct the ball effectively, we open everything. Me and Javonte are very good runners. We can make him go. We can do it.

“But it’s different when you get behind the line, down and get in sticky situations – that’s how it has been for us the last couple of weeks, given our descent and our slow starts. “

Something has to change for the Broncos’ racing game to get back on track. Either offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur needs to improve the game plan, or maybe Denver needs to consider switching appellants.

A good start would be to give the two full-backs more litter, as their limited workloads haven’t led to wins so far.


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