I’m not looking for a 100-yard effort and two touchdowns here. But I what I do expect is for Chargers RB Melvin Gordon to take the next step and be the decisive, explosive runner we’ve seen so far in training camp. I expect Gordon to be in there for at least a couple series, so some hard running, being assignment-correct in pass protection and an explosive play or two would be nice.
We had a report the team tried out Gordon as a kick returner, something the author found alarming, and something that may indicate Gordon won't be the team's RB1. However, the team also tried Brendan Oliver back there as well as Danny Woodhead so maybe it's nothing to read into. But, Gordon struggled his rookie year so any positive preseason work is a key chance for him to show signs he can take the next step.