The Denver Broncos did what they should have done weeks ago. Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that the team has waived Melvin Gordon. This was something that I think a lot of us in the fanbase were waiting for. After yet another back-breaking fumble, making five for the Broncos, the team decided that enough was enough.
On Monday, Ian Rapoport reported that the team waived Melvin Gordon. He was signed from the Los Angeles Chargers going into the 2020 season and put up over 900 yards rushing at least eight touchdowns in his first two seasons.
This year, though, he does not look like a professional running back anymore. His yards per carry has plummeted to under 4.0 yards per tote, and his fumbles have gotten worse. He had fumbled seven times in his first two seasons with the team but managed to fumble a whopping five times in 10 games played.
The straw that broke the camel’s back appears to be his fumble deep in Raiders’ territory on Sunday. It essentially took at least three points off the board and cost the Broncos a win. This is not the first time Gordon has done something like this before.
For whatever reason, Melvin Gordon kept getting touches in-game. Not only is he not an effective runner anymore, but the signing of Latavius Murray had made Gordon himself expendable. The team kept riding with Gordon and giving him touches, but that bite them in the rear yet again.
Going forward now, the Broncos are likely going to rely on a combination of Latavius Murray, Chase Edmonds, and perhaps Marlon Mack. It’s not a great room by any means, but the 2022 season is about over, so it can serve as a competent room for the last seven games.
The Denver Broncos held a late lead but allowed their Week 11 game against the Las Vegas Raiders to get into overtime, where they lost.
Latavius Murray is likely going to be the RB1, and in all honesty, could be auditioning for a backup role with the Denver Broncos in 2023.