5 bold predictions for Denver Broncos in 2020

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos
KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 29: Melvin Gordon #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the football during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

3. Melvin Gordon will rush for over 1,000 yards

There’s no denying the fact that the Broncos overpaid Gordon in free agency. Giving a running back who didn’t seem to have any other options a two-year deal worth up to $16 million is front office malpractice.

That doesn’t mean he won’t be a productive player for the team in 2020. In fact, he looks like an excellent bet to beat out Phillip Lindsay for the lion’s share of the team’s carries. If Gordon gets the same workload of 224 carries that Lindsay got in 2019 then he should be able to produce a 1,000 yard season for this offense.

Remember, Fangio is going to try to run the ball down his opponent’s throat whenever possible. He doesn’t trust Lock to go out and throw the ball all over the field. The reason the team paid Gordon was because they want to run the ball early and often.

Don’t underestimate the importance of Gordon’s motivation to show the world he can still play. He thinks he’s one of the best running backs in the NFL. He may be wrong, but he’s still an above average rusher. Look for him to put in a really good season for Denver in 2020.