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10 minutes ago, georg013 said:

This is what makes me sad. What makes me sad is seeing the Ekeler owners twist and contort their bodies and narratives to fit a scenario where Ekeler is still the lead back. I dont care how rusty Gordon is. He is and will always be the superior option to Ekeler. I don't care how he has performed. HE is not coming back to play second fiddle to the backup. Contrary to reports, HE HAS been in touch with ownership and coaching and knows exactly what he is walking into. That is all. 

Yeah, if I am Chargers management I run Gordon into the ground this year and then sign Ekeler for a fraction of the absurd amount Gordon was asking for.

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There seems to be very little chance that Ekeler will ever see more carries than Gordon. Unless its a personal vendetta for the Charger staff.

Remember, the Chargers did offer 10 million a year for Gordons services at RB.

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16 minutes ago, travdogg said:

Is it still possible that Gordon gets traded? Gordon coming back, indicates that he is willing to play this season without a new contract. That could motivate a team to deal for him, without having to instantly commit a long term deal to him. They could still hammer out a long term deal, but it wouldn't need to be in place before a trade. Just a thought.

This is the cold hard facts ekeler owners like just win won't accept.

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12 hours ago, VikingFrog said:

https://twitter.com/bransonwright/status/1176709340608323584?s=21

No idea if this is true or who this twitter reporter is. But he at least seems to not be a fake account.

Says melvin will report Thursday.

Just sharing info. Not sure necessarily believe it.

This guy was right. 

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23 minutes ago, georg013 said:

This is what makes me sad. What makes me sad is seeing the Ekeler owners twist and contort their bodies and narratives to fit a scenario where Ekeler is still the lead back. I dont care how rusty Gordon is. He is and will always be the superior option to Ekeler. I don't care how he has performed. HE is not coming back to play second fiddle to the backup. Contrary to reports, HE HAS been in touch with ownership and coaching and knows exactly what he is walking into. That is all. 

I own Ekeler in a dynasty where he’s saved me so far, but I don’t think he’ll be the lead back (maybe for the next two weeks) but he’ll still have decent value as a RB3 type since he’ll be used heavy in passing game.

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23 minutes ago, travdogg said:

Is it still possible that Gordon gets traded? Gordon coming back, indicates that he is willing to play this season without a new contract. That could motivate a team to deal for him, without having to instantly commit a long term deal to him. They could still hammer out a long term deal, but it wouldn't need to be in place before a trade. Just a thought.

That’s interesting but I don’t think it will happen. The Chargers still must think they can compete and Gordon with Ekeler makes them better than just Ekeler obviously and they’re only paying him what they were willing to pay him all along.

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Where do you all fit him into this ROS ranking (Fantasy Pros)? I removed where they have him as I'm not sure who reranked him after the news.

FWIW I'd have him around 16

7 Derrick Henry TEN
8 Le'Veon Bell NYJ
9 Marlon Mack IND
10 Mark Ingram BAL
11 Aaron Jones GB
12 James Conner PIT
13 Joe Mixon CIN
14 Chris Carson SEA
15 Todd Gurley LAR
16 Leonard Fournette JAC
17 Sony Michel NE
18 Kerryon Johnson DET
19 Josh Jacobs OAK
20 Austin Ekeler LAC
21 Devonta Freeman ATL
22 David Montgomery CHI
23 Saquon Barkley NYG O
24 Phillip Lindsay DEN
25 LeSean McCoy KC
26 Damien Williams KC

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1 hour ago, kodycutter said:

https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/1176992517222539264

 

Sources: The holdout is ending. #Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is, in fact, reporting to the team tomorrow. He won’t play this week, but he is planning to be back in the fold with his teammates.

Good to hear, since I'm facing the team I traded him to this week.

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45 minutes ago, Weebs210 said:
1 hour ago, travdogg said:

Is it still possible that Gordon gets traded? Gordon coming back, indicates that he is willing to play this season without a new contract. That could motivate a team to deal for him, without having to instantly commit a long term deal to him. They could still hammer out a long term deal, but it wouldn't need to be in place before a trade. Just a thought.

This is the cold hard facts ekeler owners like just win won't accept.

The cold hard facts Ekeler owners like me won't accept is that Gordon could still get traded?

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29 minutes ago, Just Win Baby said:

The cold hard facts Ekeler owners like me won't accept is that Gordon could still get traded?

:confused: 

Quoted the wrong one but I'm sure you can figure out which I meant.

Hint: bad news for ekeler value

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2 hours ago, travdogg said:

Is it still possible that Gordon gets traded? Gordon coming back, indicates that he is willing to play this season without a new contract. That could motivate a team to deal for him, without having to instantly commit a long term deal to him. They could still hammer out a long term deal, but it wouldn't need to be in place before a trade. Just a thought.

I think there is a lot of merit to your POV. Not sure how it unfolds but I have felt like if LAC could get a solid 2nd Rd pick in a trade they would jump vs letting him walk at the end of the season. That still might be too high for some teams.

KC could us a Mel Gordon but they are in division, not happening. Houston is a rival in the playoffs, they almost would hav to trade him into the NFC...Skins are a mess, Bucs would be a great landing spot for him, wish the two teams could find a way, in fact any of the 3 RBs LAC has...Jackson would be a massive upgrade. 

Seattle would be a real playoff team if they had an Alpha behind Wilson. 

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11 hours ago, Weebs210 said:

Hint: bad news for ekeler value

It was always a given Gordon was going to report, the only question was when. So it was always a given that when he reported, it would reduce Ekeler's value. I'm not sure if you think you are onto a hot take here or what.

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1 hour ago, TheAssassin said:

Where do you all fit him into this ROS ranking (Fantasy Pros)? I removed where they have him as I'm not sure who reranked him after the news.

FWIW I'd have him around 16

7 Derrick Henry TEN
8 Le'Veon Bell NYJ
9 Marlon Mack IND
10 Mark Ingram BAL
11 Aaron Jones GB
12 James Conner PIT
13 Joe Mixon CIN
14 Chris Carson SEA
15 Todd Gurley LAR
16 Leonard Fournette JAC
17 Sony Michel NE
18 Kerryon Johnson DET
19 Josh Jacobs OAK
20 Austin Ekeler LAC
21 Devonta Freeman ATL
22 David Montgomery CHI
23 Saquon Barkley NYG O
24 Phillip Lindsay DEN
25 LeSean McCoy KC
26 Damien Williams KC

Assuming Gordon is at least 60% of the touches...I'd have him ranked in the Top 10, ahead of Marlon Mack for sure. 

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2 minutes ago, Just Win Baby said:

It was always a given Gordon was going to report, the only question was when. So it was always a given that when he reported, it would reduce Ekeler's value. I'm not sure if you think you onto a hot take here or what.

Yeah, if anything the past 3 weeks have been a huge boost to Ekeler’s value for dynasty purposes, and IMO that doesn’t change at all with this news.

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1 hour ago, Dr. Octopus said:

That’s interesting but I don’t think it will happen. The Chargers still must think they can compete and Gordon with Ekeler makes them better than just Ekeler obviously and they’re only paying him what they were willing to pay him all along.

Oh yeah, this is pretty much a best case scenario for the Chargers, I'm just trying to see it from Gordon's point of view. 

Should point out that Ekeler was RB25(27th PPG) in PPR last year, and that very much feels like his floor going forward, as he's certainly earned a larger share. Gordon was RB8(5th PPG) and that is likely his absolute ceiling. In the 11 games both played last season, Gordon saw 163 carries(14.8 per game) and 47 catches(4.3 per game) Ekeler saw 66 carries(6 per game) and 27 catches(2.5 per game) so Gordon had a roughly 18-8 touch advantage per game, while I don't think Gordon is a lock to see less than that, I'd be pretty confident Ekeler has shown enough to see more. 

If I had to put a rankings spot, it'd be RB12 or so for Gordon, and RB21 or so for Ekeler. With Henry out, T.Williams gone, M.Williams banged up, and the o-line and defense taking steps back, I think its very possible we see some 2-RB sets going forward. Ekeler is probably a better pass catcher than any of the non Allen/Williams WR's. 

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22 minutes ago, Ministry of Pain said:

I think there is a lot of merit to your POV. Not sure how it unfolds but I have felt like if LAC could get a solid 2nd Rd pick in a trade they would jump vs letting him walk at the end of the season. That still might be too high for some teams.

KC could us a Mel Gordon but they are in division, not happening. Houston is a rival in the playoffs, they almost would hav to trade him into the NFC...Skins are a mess, Bucs would be a great landing spot for him, wish the two teams could find a way, in fact any of the 3 RBs LAC has...Jackson would be a massive upgrade. 

Seattle would be a real playoff team if they had an Alpha behind Wilson. 

Do you think that matters? I mean, I think KC is off limits, because they are a division team, and they play them twice, but they already played Houston, and have a very slim chance of doing so again. I hate to bring them up, but what about New England? Michel has looked awful, and Gordon has the versatility that they love. 

I still like the Packers as a trade candidate, especially since Jones has failed to put distance between him and Williams, and they are both on cheap rookie deals. 

Can't see Seattle after investing a 1st, and having an 1,100 rusher on the team. Won't disagree that Gordon would be an upgrade, though I think Carson is a lot better than he has played so far. 

Bucs obviously, I think Buffalo would be sneaky as well, especially since they started 3-0. Better than Gore, and gives Singletary time to develop, and stay fresh as a change of pace(which might happen with Gore anyway) Jaguars could be interesting, Fournette seems like a bust, but maybe he'd benefit from being a COP RB, Jags could play super run heavy(they want to anyway) and win with defense and a few Minshew miracles. Would Gordon and a 1st for Ramsey make sense? That would be kind of like getting 2 1st rounders, right? Wasn't that the logic the Giants used in the Beckham deal?

Would the Falcons make sense? Freeman has a big deal, but looks increasingly likely to be a cap casualty next off season, and has performed best when splitting work. 

Ultimately this is all unlikely, but its interesting to think about, especially since it seems like an almost certainty that the Chargers have no intention of extending Gordon beyond this season.

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In 2018, Austin Ekeler ranked:

- 6th of 61 RBs in PFF Grade (83.6)

- 7th of 56 RBs in Elusive Rating (67.6)

- 6th of 56 RBs in Yards per Carry (5.23)

- 7th of 31 RBs in Yards per Target (7.62)

... and was better than Melvin Gordon in each stat.

 

In 2019, Austin Ekeler ranks,

- 8th of 60 RBs in PFF Grade (78.1)

- 8th of 50 RBs in Elusive Rating (92.6)

- 2nd of 50 RBs in 1st Contact Tackle% (53%)

- 1st of 31 RBs in YPT (10.4)

- 1st among all RBs in fantasy points per game (26.6)

 

Gordon seasons with >4YPC : 1

 

 

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2 hours ago, TheAssassin said:

Where do you all fit him into this ROS ranking (Fantasy Pros)? I removed where they have him as I'm not sure who reranked him after the news.

FWIW I'd have him around 16

7 Derrick Henry TEN
8 Le'Veon Bell NYJ
9 Marlon Mack IND
10 Mark Ingram BAL
11 Aaron Jones GB
12 James Conner PIT
13 Joe Mixon CIN
14 Chris Carson SEA
15 Todd Gurley LAR
16 Leonard Fournette JAC
17 Sony Michel NE
18 Kerryon Johnson DET
19 Josh Jacobs OAK
20 Austin Ekeler LAC
21 Devonta Freeman ATL
22 David Montgomery CHI
23 Saquon Barkley NYG O
24 Phillip Lindsay DEN
25 LeSean McCoy KC
26 Damien Williams KC

Am assuming that the above is non-PPR given Henry at RB7 and Mack at RB9.  In that format I'd rank him RB11-13.  For PPR, slightly higher: RB8-11.

 

As always, juts my opinion. :)

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1 hour ago, [icon] said:

@scottbarrettdfb

In 2018, Austin Ekeler ranked:

- 6th of 61 RBs in PFF Grade (83.6)

- 7th of 56 RBs in Elusive Rating (67.6)

- 6th of 56 RBs in Yards per Carry (5.23)

- 7th of 31 RBs in Yards per Target (7.62)

... and was better than Melvin Gordon in each stat.

 

In 2019, Austin Ekeler ranks,

- 8th of 60 RBs in PFF Grade (78.1)

- 8th of 50 RBs in Elusive Rating (92.6)

- 2nd of 50 RBs in 1st Contact Tackle% (53%)

- 1st of 31 RBs in YPT (10.4)

- 1st among all RBs in fantasy points per game (26.6)

 

Gordon seasons with >4YPC : 1

 

 

Well based on these stats Ekeler owners have nothing to worry about.  Gordon is clearly an inferior back.

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6 hours ago, skycriesmary said:

I think he and Ekeler will be in a true RBBC, 65/35 split. Reducing both to RB2. No way either are RB1 with any kind of real split. 

Ekeler has kicked ###, I would expect closer to a 50/50 tbh.

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3 hours ago, Alex P Keaton said:

Yeah, if anything the past 3 weeks have been a huge boost to Ekeler’s value for dynasty purposes, and IMO that doesn’t change at all with this news.

This situation is fantastic for dyno owners that own both. You'll be walking into 2 RB1's or RB1/High RB2 next season. Maybe slightly lower in non-ppr leagues.

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On 9/19/2019 at 6:01 PM, PhantomJB said:

Yes. Barring injury the job is now Ekeler's to lose. 

I wish you were right.

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6 hours ago, Pipes said:

Well based on these stats Ekeler owners have nothing to worry about.  Gordon is clearly an inferior back.

Too many variables at play to make any assumption about the roles they will play,

However it IS safe to draw the assumption that Gordon is the inferior back based on the data at hand. 

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5 hours ago, ShamrockPride said:

Ekeler has kicked ###, I would expect closer to a 50/50 tbh.

My best guess (and that’s all any of these are, if we’re honest). 

Run: 55 MG / 40 AE / 5 Other 

Pass: 65 AE / 30 MG / 5 Other 

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16 minutes ago, [icon] said:

Too many variables at play to make any assumption about the roles they will play,

However it IS safe to draw the assumption that Gordon is the inferior back based on the data at hand. 

Lol. The data being Ekeler’s stats while playing a change of pace role and 3 games as a starter? Seems conclusive!

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4 minutes ago, Cobbler1 said:

Lol. The data being Ekeler’s stats while playing a change of pace role and 3 games as a starter? Seems conclusive!

The key is that he started some games at the end of last year, where he struggled big time. He's getting a chance to start again this year and it's so far seemed he's figured a lot of things out. Maybe still too short to be fully conclusive, but definitely a strong turn in the right direction.

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He's the number eight graded back in PFF's grading/offensive rank system.

He doesn't rate highly as a runner but earns over ninety for pass catching, etc. 

eta* Whoops. I'm talking about Ekeler. Wrong thread.

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50 minutes ago, ShamrockPride said:

The key is that he started some games at the end of last year, where he struggled big time. He's getting a chance to start again this year and it's so far seemed he's figured a lot of things out. Maybe still too short to be fully conclusive, but definitely a strong turn in the right direction.

Definitely better this year. But still not anything special on the ground at 4.2 ypc. And the Chargers are not giving him the rushing work that they gave Melvin. That means something. He continues to kill it through the air and will still see work there. Small sample sizes and all that acknowledged.

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1 hour ago, Cobbler1 said:

Lol. The data being Ekeler’s stats while playing a change of pace role and 3 games as a starter? Seems conclusive!

Yeah this I was being sarcastic about Ekeler being superior.  Don’t get me wrong he’s a very good back and yes the gap between him and Gordon isn’t that great and certainly not millions of dollars worth of different.  But to cherry pick a few advanced metrics based on limited snaps vs a workhorse...come on lol.  

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LA is 1-2 and has lost to Houston and Detroit.  The offense managed 10 pts versus the Lions. Hard to believe they wouldn’t have a better chance at 2-1 if Gordon had been active.  

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The idea of a 50/50 split is not very realistic for obvious reasons. The only time we see a RBBC or a split in touches is usually when the RBs are not that good/great and even then it's just until one of the RBs proves to be more productive. 

When have you ever seen a 50/50 split in number of meaningful carries/touches/catches? Where is that happening or you can point to recently that actually worked? 

2003: Priest/Larry Johnson...it wasn't 50/50

'06-'07: LT/Turner...was never 50/50

 Injuries will play a bigger role and Gordon is known to miss a couple games during the season. 

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6 hours ago, ShamrockPride said:

This situation is fantastic for dyno owners that own both. You'll be walking into 2 RB1's or RB1/High RB2 next season. Maybe slightly lower in non-ppr leagues.

What do people think the situation will actually be next year?  Both are free agents.  Is there any chance that both are out of LA (and Justin Jackson remains)?

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4 minutes ago, matttyl said:

What do people think the situation will actually be next year?  Both are free agents.  Is there any chance that both are out of LA (and Justin Jackson remains)?

Ekeler is RFA, think LAC will be prepared to match offers if need be. What do you think teams will offer to pay Ekeler? 

Gordon is gone I think but I also believe at this point he has figured out he isn't worth a whole lot more than he currently makes whether he likes it or not. 

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14 minutes ago, Ministry of Pain said:

Ekeler is RFA, think LAC will be prepared to match offers if need be. What do you think teams will offer to pay Ekeler? 

Gordon is gone I think but I also believe at this point he has figured out he isn't worth a whole lot more than he currently makes whether he likes it or not. 

Not saying it will happen, but what if Ekeler follows suit and refuses to play for the low dollar amount that the Chargers may be able to pay him? It's doubtful Ekeler holds out into the season, but Bell seemingly has started a movement by some RB's . . .

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7 hours ago, ShamrockPride said:

Ekeler has kicked ###, I would expect closer to a 50/50 tbh.

With neutral game script I think the split would be closer to 55/35/10 but I just don't think the chargers are as good as everyone is saying they are.

That OL is just horrible and won't really be improving anytime soon, if anything they are more likely that one of those five guys gets hurt and the wheels REALLY come off at that point. Anyone that thinks Gordon was the reason the chargers were 1-2 are in for a rude awakening. The next four teams they face are a combined (1-11) this year but just before the bye they play @CHI, GB(which let's be honest will have more green and gold in the stadium no matter where the game is getting played), and KC(there will probably be more Mahomes jerseys in the stands than charger jerseys combined). Those playoff caliber teams will really expose this charger team imo.

I expect the chargers to be in passing situations and behind often for the rest of the season so a 45/45/10 split may be more reasonable than most people think just based on the fact Ekeler has such a big role in the passing game. Not saying Ekeler is so good, or that Gordon is so bad, just saying the chargers are pretty bad and adding Gordon doesn't make them all that much better because RB wasn't really among the biggest problems on the lac roster.

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As a Chargers fan, I am glad he is coming back.  As an Ekeler only owner, I hope he shows up weighing 300lbs.  As a follower of Anarchy's team, I hope he shows up and gets busy.

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Clearly none of us actually know, but I'm banking on him being a top back again/am trying to trade for him with the uncertainty depressing his value.  Could obviously blow up in my face because the cost is going to be high, but hey, that's why we play Fantsy Football right?

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11 minutes ago, Anarchy99 said:

Not saying it will happen, but what if Ekeler follows suit and refuses to play for the low dollar amount that the Chargers may be able to pay him? It's doubtful Ekeler holds out into the season, but Bell seemingly has started a movement by some RB's . . .

I think the more likely movement will be by the owners more so than the players. Not because of the charger situation but because of the Cowboy situation. Do you really want to completely build your offense around a RB and then that one guy can hold the franchise hostage even if he's under contract? At the QB position you kind of have to be all in, but you can manage how you build and use a group of RB's. 

I expect NFL teams to draft RB's slightly higher and be less inclined to give ANY RB more than ~60% of touches for several reasons. First, it keeps the player better rested and healthy so he can do more with his touches. Second, it takes away leverage during contract negotiations because you avoid the "Zeke IS the offense!" situation. Third, if you are drafting guys and more importantly giving them playing time(even if they aren't quite as good as Zeke) the rookie is actually developing through experience and insulating your team from possible injury(or holdout) risk to Zeke. Fourth, if you have a group of 3(or even 4) versatile guys at RB/FB it actually isn't the end of the world if you need to go out in FA and find one guy to fill a specific niche because the salary of RB's in FA is more reasonable than other positions.

Everyone acts like this is part of a movement for RB's to exert force to be treated fairly. IMO it's much more likely these holdouts will start a movement by ownership/coaching to rely on any ONE RB less and less. If it's a playoff game, sure give Kamara 80%+ of the touches out of the backfield. But for the bulk of a 16 games season that just doesn't make sense even if it makes fantasy owners happy. It may not even make sense for an Alvin Kamara himself if he could have a 12yr career touching the ball 55% of the time, versus a 7 year career touching the ball 85% of the time. I look at a guy like McCaffrey and think it's a shame the amount of abuse he's taking and it has to be shortening his career.

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2 hours ago, Alex P Keaton said:

LA is 1-2 and has lost to Houston and Detroit.  The offense managed 10 pts versus the Lions. Hard to believe they wouldn’t have a better chance at 2-1 if Gordon had been active.  

They also may not have defeated Indy if Gordon was there. Ekeler had 154 yards and 3 TDs on 18 touches. No way Gordon would have replicated that, and Ekeler wouldn't have gotten all of those touches if Gordon was there.

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1 hour ago, Ministry of Pain said:

When have you ever seen a 50/50 split in number of meaningful carries/touches/catches? Where is that happening or you can point to recently that actually worked? 

Just off the top of my head:

  • The Chargers did it in 2013 with Ryan Mathews and Woodhead. It was extremely effective.
  • They did it again in 2015, and Woodhead was very effective while Gordon was terrible.

Current OC Whisenhunt was the Chargers OC in both of those seasons. So there is certainly a recent precedent that applies to the Chargers. However, Anthony Lynn was not the head coach in either of those seasons, and I suspect he favors  less of a committee approach than former head coach McCoy did.

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3 hours ago, Alex P Keaton said:

LA is 1-2 and has lost to Houston and Detroit.  The offense managed 10 pts versus the Lions. Hard to believe they wouldn’t have a better chance at 2-1 if Gordon had been active.  

lol their RBs had 197 yards combined against Detroit.  And those teams are 4-1-1 in their other six games.

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2 week roster exemption, so looks like a week 6 return for Gordon. 

IMO I’m guessing at: 

rushing: 55/35/10 split Gordon 

receiving: 60/30/10 split Ekeler 

 

Will they ease Gordon in? 

Will the run him into the ground? 

Time will tell. Anyone claiming. To know for sure is fooling themselves. :) 

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Just now, [icon] said:

2 week roster exemption, so looks like a week 6 return for Gordon. 

IMO I’m guessing at: 

rushing: 55/35/10 split Gordon 

receiving: 60/30/10 split Ekeler 

 

Will they ease Gordon in? 

Will the run him into the ground? 

Time will tell. Anyone claiming. To know for sure is fooling themselves. :) 

He can still play next week even with a 2 week roster exemption. Up to the coaches.

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11 minutes ago, [icon] said:

2 week roster exemption, so looks like a week 6 return for Gordon. 

IMO I’m guessing at: 

rushing: 55/35/10 split Gordon 

receiving: 60/30/10 split Ekeler 

 

Will they ease Gordon in? 

Will the run him into the ground? 

Time will tell. Anyone claiming. To know for sure is fooling themselves. :) 

My only other running backs are Adrian Peterson, Tarik Cohen, Malcolm Brown, Dontrell Hilliard, Rasheem Mostert, and Darrel Williams. So yeah, Gordon is going in my starting line up as soon as he is activate.

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Melvin Gordon is expected to practice on Thursday.

Gordon is back with the team following a summer-long holdout. He won't be in uniform Sunday in Miami, though Gordon should be back for Week 5 against Denver. He may be eased in initially, though ultimately we'd expect Gordon to resume his role as an every-week RB1. His return obviously complicates matters for Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, who have both thrived in Gordon's absence.

SOURCE: Omar Ruiz on Twitter

Sep 26, 2019, 1:09 PM ET

 

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8 minutes ago, Da Guru said:

Looks like Gordon got some bad advice that cost him 4 game checks.  

Dude is trying to secure a $13MM+ per year contract and likely $25-35MM+ guaranteed at the only stage of his career that he has the opportunity to do that.  And he attempted to use the only leverage he has available to him to accomplish that objective.  Pretty sure Melvin Gordon (a) weighed the cost/benefit of losing a few $300K game checks vs the likelihood that his holdout might result in the Chargers caving and conceding an extra $1-3MM+ per year in out years to get him on the field this year and (b) is glad that you're not his agent. 

Melvin, you clearly haven't thought this out!  I don't care that you're almost guaranteed $10MM+ per year moving forward if you simply avoid injury this year, nor do I give a rats ### that you'll likely get $25MM+ guaranteed.  And quite frankly, it's not my concern that you're only making $4.5MM this year, and are risking that $10MM+ per year and $25MM+ guaranteed every time you step on the field.  You'll get your ### out there and damn well like it, ACL's, MCL's, PCL's, broken bones, and concussions be damned.  You hear me?! 

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