As Melvin Gordon III sets out to prove he deserves a major role, his goal is to win a Super Bowl
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado— While the Broncos’ plan for the running back has yet to be revealed, Melvin Gordon III is certain of at least one aspect of Denver’s running game.
As the two-time Pro Bowler enters his third season in Denver, he knows he can’t waste an opportunity.
“To be honest, I think they kind of have a plan of what they want,” Gordon said Wednesday. “As for the rotation, I really don’t know. I think they want ‘Vonte [Javonte Williams] probably be the guy. He will take the first series, then the second series with the [starters]I will take [it]. Sometimes we change, but you kinda know what [the rotation] is if you’ve been here. But I don’t know how they will rotate.
“…My mindset is kind of, ‘Go out here and compete, go as hard as I can.’ I’m not sure what the future holds on that, but I just want to do my best so that when I go out, they’re like, ‘OK, we need to get him over here. I know I have the game. I know I can play. I know I still have the juice, man. We’ll see. I really don’t know. I really don’t know.”
Gordon said he plans to look at how the Packers split up in 2021 — and he’ll find a fairly balanced rushing offense. Although Aaron Jones started 15 games, he actually ended up 16 fewer carries and four fewer yards than AJ Dillon. Jones finished the year with 171 carries for 799 yards and four touchdowns, while Dillon had 187 carries for 803 yards and five touchdowns.
In Denver last year, Gordon and Williams each completed 203 carries and finished within 15 yards of each other as they were the only pair to field two players with more than 900 yards on the ground.
As the season approached, the Broncos maintained a desire to use both fullbacks.
“I get more and more excited every time we step onto the court with these guys, whether it’s one guy on the court or both guys on the court,” offensive coordinator Justin Outten said earlier this month. august. “It’s going to be a challenge pitching throughout the season and making sure we’re very smart with these guys. With Mike Boone it’s also a different mix so it’s an exciting group to work with this year.”
Still, Gordon admitted that “it matters” to him if he’s the starting running back for that Broncos offense.
“I’m competitive, man,” Gordon said. “I come here, I want to compete, I want to do all the right things, try to say all the right things. [I] kind of know what it is sometimes unfortunately. I’m still a competitor at the end of the day. You take that away, and the love is kind of gone. In my head, every day, I tell myself that this is not the case. You are not just given someone’s position. It’s the NFL, you have to earn it. You have to learn it. And that’s what I tell myself every day. Nothing is given. So it allows me to continue, to concentrate, to finish, to grind. »
Gordon was clear, however, that his role on the team was secondary to his ultimate goal of winning a world championship. Gordon has only made the playoffs once in his career and he has hinted that he is desperate to return.
“‘To hack’ [Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett] said to me as I walked in, ‘Ultimately, it’s about the Super Bowl. It’s about winning the Super Bowl. And we’re going to do whatever’s best for the team,” Gordon said. “I’m 100 per cent convinced because I want the ring more than anything. I feel like I can help this team, so when I come in I have to show it.”