The Denver Broncos made a big splash in the offseason when they traded for Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson, who they believe will help them get back into the playoffs after missing it for six straight seasons after Peyton Manning retired.
With a veteran quarterback under center, Broncos running back Melvin Gordon, one half of a tandem that each rushed for over 900 yards last season, is expecting their potent ground game to flourish next season.
“We’re gonna go crazy, man,” Gordon said during an interview. “We gotta go crazy. The young bull got so much talent, and we push each other every day in practice. We even got (Mike) Boone, who’s a good player, too, that’s going to help push us. I’m expecting the run game to be a lot better than it was last year for sure.”
Gordon signed a one-year contract to return to Denver this past offseason, keeping the duo together for another season.
With new head coach Nathaniel Hackett being successful in Green Bay with the tandem of Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, the Broncos expect similar results next season.
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Javonte Williams, who split carries with Gordon as a rookie last season, is expected to get more touches next season after forcing 63 missed tackles, which was second to the league’s leading rusher Jonathan Taylor.
Gordon, who called Williams a “phenomenal talent” who will “be a dog for years to come,” believes the competition for touches will only make the backs better.
“That’s why me and him both played so well last year, and if you ask him, I think that’s the reason he felt he played so well,” Gordon said. “In practice every day against each other. If I go 30, he wanna go 30 or 35. … We try to outdo each other with everything, so that carries over. That carries over when you’re competing, and you’ve got a guy like me that’s still hungry, and you’ve got a young bull that wants to show.”