The Denver Broncos made a big move on Monday, waiving veteran running back Melvin Gordon. For most fans, that move came much too late.
Gordon was the first of what could be several dominos to fall in Denver as the team sits at an extremely disappointing 3-7 following an overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
While it’s not terribly surprising to see Gordon go, the Broncos made this move despite having little depth at the running back position.
Gordon was mainly let go due to his lack of ball security (if you haven’t seen this, you need to) but he also was not effective on the field even when he did hang onto the ball.
In addition to the Gordon move, the Broncos also received the news on Monday that Chase Edmonds will miss some time after suffering a high ankle sprain.
That leaves Denver with just Latavius Murray, Marlon Mack and Devine Ozigbo as the only running backs on the roster. Mack has yet to suit up for the team and Ozigbo is currently on the practice squad.
The Broncos will need to bring in another player and that will likely come by invading the practice squad of another team, which is how they obtained Murray. But there are other options out there as well, have a look.
Broncos should look at these running backs after letting Melvin Gordon walk
Julius Chestnut, Tennessee Titans
Julius Chestnut was a player most fans were not familiar with coming out of college as he played at Sacred Heart University, a school in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Only four players that have ever come out of the school have made it to the NFL and none of them have made much of a mark.
Chestnut rushed for 3,605 yards and 30 touchdowns in 33 games while at the school. Still a longshot coming into Titans camp, he initially made the team’s 53-man roster to begin the season.
He currently sits on their practice squad where he is available for the taking. The Broncos could see if they could find a talented young future star by taking a flier on him.