Denver Broncos: People under the most pressure in 2021

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Denver Broncos, Melvin Gordon
Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (25) runs the ball as Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Kenneth Murray (56) attempts to make the tackle during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon signed a two-year deal with the Broncos last offseason, and then went ahead and drafted a player in Javonte Williams who appears likely to take his job at some point or another.

That very well could be as soon as the middle or late stages of the 2021 season.

It’s not that Gordon is necessarily bad—it’s that Williams is a star and the Broncos probably won’t shy away from heavily utilizing him and Gordon in the same games.

It would not be a surprise to see Williams outshine Gordon and with the NFL bringing back more preseason games, Williams has even more of a shot at standing out than he would have last season.

Gordon is entering the final year of his two-year contract with the Broncos and it remains to be seen whether or not the team will bring him back. Denver signed former Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone this offseason as well.

Royce Freeman may or may not be a factor for the team anymore, as they appear to be looking to move him to a new team.

Gordon carries a $8,941,176 cap hit in 2021.