The LA Chargers finished 28th in rushing yards and 23rd in yards per carry last season, featuring Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler at running back. Gordon held out and missed the first four games of the season, then returned to put up 612 yards on 162 carries, scoring eight times.
Ekeler had 132 carries for 557 yards and three touchdowns but had 92 receptions for 993 yards. Despite Gordon’s lack of consistent production in the running game and the fact that the two sides could not come to a contract extension agreement prior to free agency, head coach Anthony Lynn said on Tuesday to PFT Live that the team believes there’s a chance that Gordon will return to the Chargers.
“I do believe that,” Lynn said. “We love Melvin. He’s outstanding. He held out last year, that hurt us a little bit, but when he came back his attitude and the way he fit right back into the locker room was typical Melvin. We’d like to have him back, but it’s free agency and you never know what’s going to happen.”
Lynn added to the media that Ekeler, a restricted free agent himself, is better used in a “tandem role” with another back and that he wouldn’t be featured next season as the sole back, obviously.
Anthony Lynn said he likes using Ekeler in a “tandem role” and that he “likes him with another guy” pic.twitter.com/3NsEhN0rdu— Jake Ciely (@allinkid) February 25, 2020
Gordon has stated that he would like to return to the Chargers. Free agency begins March 18.