Bolts Beat: Team has to manage RB Melvin Gordon's workload

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Melvin Gordon has 158 touches in seven games for the San Diego Chargers this season. He totaled 217 touches all of last season.

With 461 yards on 138 carries, Gordon’s on pace to carry the ball 315 times this season, which would put him in the top-10 in team history for the Chargers.

Of course, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson carried the ball at least 315 times in six of his first seven seasons with San Diego, including a franchise-high 372 times in 2002.

Related players: Kenneth Farrow

Fantasy Impact: 

With Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver done for the year, Gordon’s embraced the role of workhorse back for the Chargers. With 461 yards on 138 carries, Melvin Gordon's on pace to carry the ball 315 times this season. However, Gordon had microfracture knee surgery in January, and at some point, the Chargers have to take a long-term view of Gordon’s workload over a 16-game season. Backup running back Kenneth Farrow has just 31 yards on eight carries but RB coach Ollie Wilson was quoted as saying Farrow needs to play a little more to save Gordon.

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