The San Diego Chargers’ underwhelming season is weakly winding down to a halt: on Tuesday, the team announced that they were placing rookie running back Melvin Gordon on Injured Reserve. Since Phillip Rivers began his tenure as San Diego’s starting quarterback in 2006, the worst full-season record that the Chargers have compiled was 7-9 (2012). This year, the Chargers are guaranteed to finish worse, as they enter the last two games of their season with a 4-10 record.
The Chargers selected Gordon with the 15th overall pick of the 2015 Draft, or five picks behind the first running back selected, Todd Gurley of the St. Louis Rams. Investing in their running attack did not help the Chargers produce positive results this year: the team is last in the league in total rushing yards, yards per rushing attempt, and rushing touchdowns — all three of which have come from Danny Woodhead.
Gordon currently sits at third in rushing yards amongst this year’s rookie running backs, trailing Gurley (1,023) and T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars (740). With 184 rushing attempts on the year, Gordon had the 10th-most rushing attempts in any season without scoring a rushing touchdown.