Last season, Denver Broncos running backs, Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon, distributed the tote bags evenly, with 203 bins each.
Heading into the 2022 season under new coach Nathaniel Hackett, Gordon admitted the staff is leaning towards Williams getting a more prominent role in his sophomore year.
“I think they have a plan about where they want to go, but as for the rotation, I really don’t know,” Gordon said on Wednesday, according to the team’s transcript. “I think they want ‘Vonte’ to be the man, but we do rotate. He takes the first series and then the second series with the [No. 1 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.”
(That roar you heard was the sound of those who lined up Williams in Fantasy Football, screaming with joy.)
Last season Williams proved he could be a trailblazing maven, with the power to rip through defenders without losing speed in space. Denver was willing to let Gordon walk free, but the 29-year-old returned with a one-year deal worth just $2.5 million.
Hackett’s three seasons as the Packers’ offensive coordinator mostly dictated talent, but he always used multiple backs.
In 2019, Aaron Jones was the clear No. 1 (236 carries), with Jamaal Williams getting 107 carries. In 2020, when Jones missed two games, Williams took on a bigger role, splitting the carry 119 to Jones’ 201. Last season, AJ Dillon led the Packers in carries, with 187 in 17 games with 34 catches, while Jones carried 171 times. in 15 games with 52 catches.
Our guess – given Gordon’s contract and Williams’ talent – is that it is closer to how Hackett fared in 2020 at Green Bay than last season, assuming both remain healthy.
Despite expecting to see fewer porters than his young, exciting counterpart, Gordon is preparing for every role and will do everything in his power to win.
“Just be consistent,” Gordon said. “Be consistent. You never know how the future will turn out with anything, but you just have to go out and ball. You have to count every chance, whether it’s the same or less than last year. I know when I’m going to I got to make it count and that’s all that matters I got to do what it takes — ‘Hack’ told me 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 to that ring because I want the ring more than anything I feel I can help this team so when I come in I have to I show that.’