There's always a possibility of uncertainty for NFL veterans following the NFL Draft. That uncertainty grows when your team drafts a same-position player in just the second round. That's the situation Melvin Gordon of the Denver Broncos finds himself in this offseason.
But, for Gordon, there's no cause for concern. Even after the Broncos drafted North Carolina running back Javonte Williams with the No. 35 overall pick, Gordon is just as confident as ever. He recently revealed why he wants to quiet all of his doubters next season.
The six-year NFL veteran is used to dealing with competition at his position. During his time in San Diego, he competed with Danny Woodhead for snaps. When the Chargers moved to Los Angeles, the competition involved Austin Ekeler. And, last year in Denver, it was Phillip Lindsay. One thing that remains clear, Gordon tends to come out on top in terms of earning starter-level snaps.
"It's important to not only show people, but also show myself, that I'm still this high-caliber back," Gordon said of his 2021 competition.
He also pointed out that he still rushed for almost 1,000 yards despite competing for snaps in 2020. It's true, Gordon tends to emerge as a lead-back. He consistently averages around 200 rushing attempts per year. Last year, Gordon rushed for 986 yards and 9 TD on 215 attempts. His 215 attempts ranked top-10 across the entire NFL.
The Broncos would love to see another successful year from Gordon. Right now, Denver owns +1000 odds to win the AFC Championship, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Another strong year from Gordon would go a long way in this franchise grabbing a playoff spot in 2021.
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