Melvin Gordon Tentative Following Knee Surgery
This may seem like splitting hairs, but this is the last thing Gordon needs. He had a bad first impression and the Chargers invested a lot in him by trading up two spots to select him in the 2015 draft. If the Chargers want to improve on their atrocious 4-12 record last season, Gordon needs to step up. He averaged 3.5 yards per carry and only ran for 641 total yards in 14 games. Gordon also failed to reach the end zone in 2015. The injury slows down his development and San Diego get bitten by the injury bug yet again.
Although this isn’t always the case, there have been many high-profile players in all sports that have never been the same following microfracture surgery. The number one pick of the 2014 NFL draft Jadaveon Clowney underwent microfracture surgery and he has yet to return to the dominant form he showed at South Carolina. The Chargers will look upon Gordon to be their workhorse for the next decade. Next to Philip Rivers, he has the ability to put up great numbers but this injury may halt his progress.
But the summer has just begun and there is still plenty of time for Gordon to get comfortable with his body and get into game shape. In all likelihood the surgery shouldn’t affect Gordon’s performance on the field. The doctors gave him a six-month recovery time, and once the season hits he will be well past nine months since surgery.
Chargers fans are hoping for a big year from the running back, while San Diego also added more weapons to the offense. Along with Hunter Henry, who the Chargers selected in the second round of this year’s draft, and Travis Benjamin, the former Cleveland Browns wideout who the Chargers signed to a 4-year, $24 million deal, Gordon could put this offense over the top with improvement.
The progress of Gordon will be closely monitored and will be interesting to see how Gordon looks the rest of this summer. If all goes well, Chargers fans should have an optimistic outlook for the running back and also breath a sigh of relief.