Melvin Gordon on calming it down & why it feels like freshman year in college

Melvin Gordon saw over double his previous carries in the Chargers third pre-season game and says he’s starting to feel a bit more comfortable against his NFL counterparts.

Gordon discussed why it feels like his freshman year in college and why Philip Rivers and his other teammates have told him to “calm down.”

The Chargers will play the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday at  7 pm in what appears to be all but a meaningless game unless you’re one of a few players looking to seal a job on the active roster or 10-man practice squad, which is what Dontrelle Inman and Branden Oliver did in the fourth pre-season game versus the Arizona Cardinals a year ago.

The 53 man roster is due at 1 pm Pacific Time on Saturday and as Mike McCoy said “There’s a lot of football to be played on Thursday to kind of iron some things out in certain positions” when asked about his kicking competition and the viability of carrying both Nick Novak and Josh Lambo on the 53-man roster.

From Javontee Herndon to Jeremiah Sirles, figuring out who the extra linemen are, how many wide receivers to carry, depth in the secondary and who wins a job through special teams, expect to see a lot of players you’ll likely never see again but don’t expect to see Philip Rivers and most of the expected starters get a lick of playing time. Regardless, there should be some interesting competition, including at kicker.

Philip Rivers by Marty Caswell
Philip Rivers by Marty Caswell

Philip Rivers joined Darren Smith on Tuesday to discuss roster decisions, why he doesn’t disclose injuries and the scuffle with the Seattle Seahawks. You can listen to it right here

Chris Watt returned to the Chargers on Tuesday afternoon after missing the last two days of practice to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Trevor Robinson, who Rivers likens to the next “Mooch” Scott Mruczkowski continued to get reps at center during his absence.

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“I think we’re going to look at the best 53 on how we think we could go, not the 53 but the 46 on game day.”

Mike McCoy on the likelihood of carrying two kickers on the active roster.

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