AFC West Rumors: Broncos, Gordon, Chiefs

Melvin Gordon is sticking in the AFC West in 2020 after defecting from the Chargers to the Broncos, and the veteran running back feels Denver’s offense is much more suited to his playing style, as he described to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

“They run a lot of inside zones, and that’s what I did a lot at Wisconsin,” Gordon said, noting that he never felt truly comfortable in Los Angeles’ offensive scheme. “It’s going to really help me get back in the feel of what I do best. I’m an inside-zone runner.”

How Gordon’s role will play out in Denver remains to be seen. Phillip Lindsay, who topped 1,000 yards rushing in each of his first two NFL seasons, remains on the Broncos’ roster, as does Royce Freeman. But Gordon, who inked a two-year, $16MM deal ($13.5MM guaranteed), figures to be Denver’s primary back.

Here’s more from the AFC West:

  • Chiefs wideout Mecole Hardman made the Pro Bowl as a returner during his rookie campaign in 2019, but his role on special teams may be scaled back going forward. Kansas City special teams coach Dave Toub says that while he doesn’t want to lose Hardman’s return skills, the former second round pick may not handle as much ST duty as his role on the Chiefs’ offense increases (Twitter link via James Palmer of NFL.com). Hardman posted 26 receptions for 538 yards and six touchdowns a season ago, but those numbers could increase if he leapfrogs Sammy Watkins to become KC’s No. 2 wide receiver.
  • Free agent signee Nick Vannett is expected to replace Jeff Heuerman as a backup Broncos tight end, as Mike Klis of 9News writes. Vannett left the Steelers to sign a two-year, $5.7MM deal with Denver, while Heuerman has one year and $4MM remaining on his pact. It’s highly unlikely that Denver will choose to retain tight ends given their similar skill set, so Heureman looks like a candidate to be released.
  • Frank Clark played an integral role in bringing former Cowboys/Dolphins defensive end Taco Charlton to the Chiefs.
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5 comments on “AFC West Rumors: Broncos, Gordon, Chiefs

  1. imindless
    imindless

    Gordon is a bum and will be cut mid season. Dude desperately wanted to be a charger and they passed on him because outside of 1 year has been a bust. His words are encouraging but if you watch him play dude misses holes and gaps and has zero burst to even get out into the open. Denver will regret the deal.

    • wagner13

      Denver might regret the deal, but there’s no way he’s getting cut by midseason. The dude’s guaranteed $13.5 million

  2. kylegocougs

    Damn Hardman averaged 20 yards per catch. 6 TDS is impressive work for 26 receptions. I wonder what the highest TD to catch ratio of all time is?

  3. Chris Lee

    Watkins production will directly affect Hardman’s offensive stats. His contract is almost soley based on stats. If Sammy wants $$$, he can’t have a bunch of little injuries. Smart move by Chiefs, and they always have Hardman in the wings. Chiefs seem to understand how to handle veterans with a checkered past. Just don’t lapse into Hank Stram mode and cling to vets after their production wanes.

  4. Ak185

    Thing is about Hardman, his skill set is exactly like Hill’s, just less developed. He could replace either Hill or Watkins if need be. Remember, they drafted him almost at the same time as Hill’s near suspension. Of course Hardman is not the player that Hill is right now, but they can both do similar things or have the potential to. Regardless of who ends up starting, three fast wideouts really open things up underneath for Kelce or Robinson or whomever else underneath.

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