Denver Broncos: Top 10 things that have defined 2020

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos quarterback. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos
Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos running back. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports /

8. Signing RB Melvin Gordon

Very few fans were initially pleased by the Denver Broncos’ decision to sign Melvin Gordon to a two-year, $16 million deal in free agency.

Gordon, a former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers, was fresh off of a disappointing season that Vic Fangio says can be attributed pretty directly to his holdout and contract situation with the Chargers.

Gordon’s arrival seemed to spell bad news for incumbent Phillip Lindsay, depending on who you asked, though the Broncos preached all offseason that Gordon and Lindsay could be a top duo together and it was a tremendous benefit to have two complementary backs like that on the roster.

If it had all worked out, it would have worked out.

Lindsay struggled with injuries from the first game of the season. Gordon had a tough first half of his Broncos career with fumbles, a DUI, and a missed game due to sickness.

As the season unfolded, however, Gordon’s value to the Broncos became abundantly clear. He has made two of the best receptions of the entire season by any player on the roster (Steelers and Jets games) and he’s clearly the best all-around back on the roster.

Part of that may have to do with Lindsay’s health, but all things considered, the Broncos’ reasoning for signing Gordon has been more than validated this year as he has eclipsed 1,000 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns with a shot at 1,000 rushing yards in week 17.