Melvin Gordon thinks Broncos wants Javonte Williams to be “the man”


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Last year, Broncos running backs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams split in the middle, with 203 each. This year they are together again. But Gordon thinks he will get fewer touches than the second year traffic jam.

“I think they have a plan about where they want to go, but as for the rotation, I really don’t know,” Gordon told reporters on Wednesday. “I think they want” [Javonte] to be the man, but we do run. He takes the first series and then the second series with the [starting offense], I take. Sometimes we switch, but you kinda know what it’s like. I don’t know how they will do the rotation. I have to go back to see how they were doing in Green Bay with the porters and things like that. My mom says you should just go here and fight and fight as hard as I can. I don’t know what the future holds, but I just want to put my best foot forward, so when I do that over there, they’re like, ‘Okay, we need to get him out there more.’ I know I have the game. I know I can play and I still have the juice, but we’ll see.”

Coach Nathaniel Hackett has said he wants to use a stable of running backs. Last year, AJ Dillon got 187 runs in 17 games, with two starts. Aaron Jones received 171 carries in 15 games, all starts. (Jones caught 52 passes and Dillon caught 34.)

So Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett, who coordinated the attack in Green Bay in 2021, is clearly happy to deploy two guys.

Gordon hopes not to take a backseat, but is willing to do whatever it takes to win.

“I have to do what it takes,” Gordon said. “[Hackett] said I came in, it’s about the Super Bowl. It’s about winning the Super Bowl and we’re going to do what’s best for the team. I’m 100 percent committed because I want the ring more than anything. I feel I can help this team, so when I come in I have to show it.”

The Broncos still have a long way to go to reach the Super Bowl. But for the first time in years there is a positive atmosphere around the team. They have many attack weapons, but like any other attack in any level of the game, they will only use one ball.

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