Melvin Gordon is released by the Denver Broncos after his fumble against the Oakland Raiders.

David Smith
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Melvin Gordon
  • The Broncos announced on Monday that they have waived the veteran running back after Gordon struggled to protect the football throughout the season.
  • The straw that seemingly broke the club’s back came in their overtime loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
Melvin Gordon

Sunday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders marked the beginning of the evaluation period for the Denver Broncos, whose record is now 3-7. On Monday, the Broncos made one of their first moves by announcing the release of running back Melvin Gordon.

The Denver Broncos release Melvin Gordon after his fumble against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Denver Broncos are making changes as evaluation season approaches. This team’s playoff aspirations in 2022 seem unrealistic, and general manager George Paton is moving on.

Monday, the Broncos announced that they released running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon has struggled to maintain possession of the football throughout his Broncos career and fumbled during a crucial moment in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders. Gordon fumbled the football, and Quinn Meindz recovered it at the Raiders’ 3-yard line, when the Broncos’ offense had the ball. The Broncos attempted to settle for a field goal, but Maxx Crosby blocked it.

Instead of maybe entering halftime with a larger advantage, the Broncos squandered a vital opportunity in the red zone. Gordon’s fumble was a factor in the outcome, but Paton and company made the final call on Monday morning, given Gordon’s habit of dropping the ball in important situations.

Gordon spoke with reporters after Sunday’s loss and expressed his aggravation over his fumble.

Gordon stated after Sunday’s game, “I was definitely sick over it.” “I have a general idea of what follows next at this point. I have shot myself in the foot. I’m a bit sour because I’ve been feeling it today. I was aware that I would need to find a means to regain my rhythm after this occurrence. I knew it would be difficult. After that, I attempted to create an impact here and there, but my prospects diminished, and that was my responsibility.”

Gordon was responsible for his error, but the Broncos believed it was best for the team to move on.

After releasing Gordon, the Broncos’ running back room has less choices at this time. Chase Edmonds is anticipated to miss a significant amount of time after suffering an ankle injury against the Raiders. Marlon Mack and Devine Ozigbo, both of whom are currently on the practice squad, might be promoted to the active roster. Latavius Murray will assume a significant portion of the carrying duties moving forward. Additionally, Denver is optimistic that Mike Boone will return off injured reserve within the next couple of weeks.

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