Broncos OC Outten: Melvin Gordon Will "Carry the Load"

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III
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NFL Week 4 - In the fallout of running back Javonte Williams' torn ACL, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten gave a statement in support of incumbent back Melvin Gordon III. 

“With Melvin he’s going to carry the load obviously," said Outten, via 9NEWS' Mike Kils. "We’ll have a mix of (Mike) Boone and after that we’ve got to figure out who can spell and who feels best in that position. But we trust Melvin going forward here.”

Gordon was the running back behind Williams through the Broncos' first three games in 2022, only to get benched during Sunday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders. In just 10 snaps, Gordon ran three times for eight yards, missed his only target, and lost a fumble. 

Mike Boone finished the afternoon for Denver following Williams' departure, playing 19 snaps and finishing with three rushes for 20 yards and one nine-yard catch on three targets. Boone, who has been a member of the Broncos since last year, has just seven carries with the team over that span. 

The Broncos also signed Latavius Murray from the New Orleans Saints practice squad earlier Tuesday. Murray played with the Baltimore Ravens last seasons, starting six of the 14 games he appeared in during the Ravens' revolving door of running back starters. Murray appeared in one game for the Saints this season, finishing with 57 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in the Saints' London matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. 

Comments

8 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2022, 7:30pm

#1 by BroncosGuyAgain // Oct 04, 2022 - 7:08pm

"Melvin he’s going to carry the load", then promptly fumble it to the opposition.

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#2 by Aaron Brooks G… // Oct 04, 2022 - 7:33pm

Whatever rishing is, it sounds bad!

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#4 by KnotMe // Oct 05, 2022 - 10:01am

I think this is a fantasy article. I'm not really up on fantasy terms. 

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#3 by ImNewAroundThe… // Oct 04, 2022 - 11:57pm

  • '15: 2.4 ANY/RA
  • '16: 4.3
  • '17: 4.5
  • '18: 6.2
  • '19: 3.8
  • '20: 4.5
  • '21: 4.6
  • '22: 1.6

Boone

  • '18: 4.3
  • '19: 6.8
  • '20: 7.2
  • '21: 8.8
  • '22: 6.7

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#6 by alex.michel // Oct 06, 2022 - 11:09am

Latavius Murray is just as good as Melvin Gordon at this stage of their careers.  Melvin was maybe a bit better at his peak, but Latavius Murray was no slouch either.  And Melvin was considered better at the beginning of this season, which is why he got a last-minute deal with Denver while Murray ended up on a practice squad eventually.

BUT, Murray is bigger, so good for goal line, and he NEVER fumbles.

I think some of this may come down to coaching incentives.  I think the Denver players like Melvin Gordon, and wouldn't want to see him go out "on the bottom" as a fumbler.  But the fans are sick of these fumbles.  And the new coach is ALREADY on thin ice.  So "making a move" to phase out Gordon and phase in Murray might actually look like "doing something" and might help transfer some blame for Denver's slow start away from coaching and onto the fumbler.

What does Football Outsiders think? Or FO readers?  3 weeks from now, what will the situation be?

1) Gordon carrying the load, 60%+ of touches, being spelled occasionally by Murray and Boone?

2) A three-headed committee where no-one exceeds 40% of touches or has much fantasy value?

3) Murray carrying the load, 60% of touches, being spelled occasionally by Gordon and Boone?

4) Boone carrying the load, 60% of touches, being spelled occasionally by Gordon and Murray?

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#7 by Pen // Oct 06, 2022 - 7:29pm

4: Boone earns the RB1 job. Gordon is the Fumbleator. But Boone doesn't have the carries and hasn't really proven himself in 5 years, so I have my doubts he's going to suddenly break out.

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