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Broncos waive Melvin Gordon after fumble issues continued to plague veteran running back

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Melvin Gordon is officially out of Denver.

On Monday, the Broncos announced they had waived the veteran running back after Gordon struggled to defend football throughout the season. The straw that seemingly broke the club’s back was their overtime loss to the Raiders on Sunday. In the closing seconds of the first half, Gordon hit a third and one from the Las Vegas 5-yard line down the right flank and coughed up the ball. Gordon seemed to have enough to win the first try, but Denver regained a fumble behind the line of scrimmage, making him fourth. A subsequent field goal attempt was then blocked.

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So, the drive, knocking on the gates of the end zone, brought zero points. In a game that required overtime, it exceeded Denver’s margin of error and resulted in their seventh loss of the season.

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“He has to be smart in this situation and he can’t fumble the ball,” head coach Nathaniel Hackett said after the game through Denver Post. “He knows it. You just can’t do it. This is unacceptable. We have to find a way to get the ball in the end zone.”

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Denver started the 2022 campaign with Gordon as Javonte Williams’ backup. After Williams suffered a knee injury at the end of the season, Gordon was given a bigger backfield role and was largely unimpressive. Since climbing to the starting position in week five, Gordon has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry and has amassed 179 yards on the ground. He also had 17 passes for 174 yards. In 10 games played, Gordon missed five times (lost two).

Gordon has been with the Broncos since 2020, when he signed a two-year contract with the club that spring. Prior to this season, he had rushed for at least 900 yards and threw eight touchdowns in his first two campaigns, but fell in 2022 and those fumbles eventually led to his demise in Denver. If he remains unclaimed on waivers, he will become a free agent.

As for the Broncos, Latavius ​​Murray is a top choice for the role of Chase Edmonds. reportedly received an ankle sprain on Sunday and is expected to miss a few weeks. Veteran quarterback Marlon Mack is also on the Broncos’ 53-man roster.


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