Melvin Gordon was easily one of the biggest fantasy football studs last year before an injury ended his season after 13 games.
The second-year pro out of Wisconsin was a disappointment as a rookie, but he finished last season with more than 1,400 total yards and 12 touchdowns. New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn thinks Gordon can do even more next season.
“I’ve watched some tape on him,” Lynn said, via ESPN.com. “Man, he has some upside. He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year. And I told him we can take this to another level. We’re going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him.”
Despite the great leap between Gordon's first and second years in the NFL, Lynn believes there is still room for growth.
“He’s not there yet,” Lynn said. “But that’s what is encouraging to me. When I look at the tape, I say, ‘Oh my goodness, we can help him get better here and here.’ And he’s already good. But there’s more yards [to be gained].”
Lynn said Gordon displays some similarities to bruising running back Chris Ivory, who has played for the Saints and Jets before joining the Jaguars.
“When he (Gordon) wants to be physical, he can be physical,” Lynn said. “He’s not quite the Chris Ivory. He’s built similar to Chris Ivory. Chris Ivory is more powerful, but Mel’s a powerful man, too. He’s young, and he’s still growing.
“He has quick enough feet to elude. He doesn’t have the speed of a Chris Johnson, but he’s an upright runner that can sidestep and elude. He has good vision, good instincts.”
Gordon projects to be one of the top-5 running backs in fantasy next season after his breakthrough in the offense.
Philip Rivers really struggled with turnovers while Gordon was injured, so Lynn may opt to rely heavily on his third-year star.