Melvin Gordon becomes Chargers’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2013
By Jack Wang
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Melvin Gordon finally got his milestone.
A year ago, the Chargers running back finished three yards shy of 1,000 rushing yards. He felt healthy enough to reach the finish line, but the team shut him down for the final three games to avoid aggravating his knee and hip injuries. That decision, Gordon admitted recently, “bothered me a lot.”
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He doesn’t have to worry about it anymore. Drafted No. 15 overall in 2015, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder rushed for 81 yards in Sunday’s 14-7 road win over the Jets to give him 1,012 for the season. His 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter gave the Chargers (8-7) their final lead, but also left him a yard short of four digits.
After losing three yards on his next carry, Gordon crossed the threshold with a seven-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
He is the first Charger to rush for 1,000 yards since Ryan Mathews, who ran for 1,255 yards in 2013.
“It just shows that we’re effective running the ball as a unit,” Gordon said. “It might get shaky, but you can find a way to get through it. It’s just a great accomplishment to the guys around me. It’s a milestone, I think, as a runner. Every running back wants one.”
“Really, it just means durability, consistency and showing up every week,” Coach Anthony Lynn said.
Gordon hasn’t planned any gifts or celebrations for his offensive linemen yet, but at least one of them isn’t asking for one. For right tackle Joe Barksdale, who had never blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher as a starting offensive lineman, seeing Gordon cross the mark was […]