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Broncos hope dividing work between Melvin Gordon, Javonte Williams pays off during season’s stretch run
The Denver Broncos have to hope their plan to divide the workload of starting running back Melvin Gordon between both him and Stevan Ridley comes together as a pair this season.
With a number of veteran players currently hurt or on the injured reserve list, coach Vance Joseph is hoping Gordon and Ridley, a two-year veteran, will be utilized as parts of the plan as they operate opposite each other.
“Melvin is a hard-nosed runner and Stevan is a hard-nosed runner,” Joseph said. “Both guys have the ability to run between the tackles. We’ll play those guys both games. We’ll play them together and play them different places. That’s what the next couple weeks is going to be for us.”
Joseph also explained his thoughts on Gordon.
“I like him,” Joseph said. “I don’t like the injury. I like how hard he runs. But I don’t like that it has affected his production.
“We’re excited about the relationship he and Stevan have. They are a good backcourt. I think it fits our offense well. Stevan is a good runner and I know [head athletic trainer] Steve Antonopulos and Mel think the same way, too.”