Denver Broncos’ running back Melvin Gordon appeared on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football yesterday to discuss the Broncos’ 2022 outlook.
Gordon repeatedly emphasized the energy that Nathaniel Hackett has brought to the team, but had this to say about the Broncos’ run game:
“We’re gonna go crazy, man. We gotta go crazy. The young bull got so much talent, and we push each other every day in practice. We even got [Mike] Boone, who’s a good player, too, that’s going to help push us. I’m expecting the run game to be a lot better than it was last year for sure.”
This led to a debate about the best RB tandems in the NFL and where the Broncos’ duo ends up. While the group’s debate was spirited, they didn’t really answer the question. Who really is the best RB tandem in the NFL? Will Selva made the case for Denver’s backs here:
“What I also love about this is the true split; each had exactly 203 carries last year, and guys, that is rare to see these types of splits with running backs. In addition to rushing for over 900 yards apiece, the two combined for 73 catches and 17 touchdowns. And let’s not forget that defenses were keying on them. They weren’t worried about Lock, Teddy B, the way they’ll have to worry about Russell Wilson. So to me, it is a true 50-50 split in Denver. They are both eating from the same plate.”
The GMFB crew brought up both the Indianapolis Colts’ duo of Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines; as well as the Cleveland Browns’ duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. I feel pretty comfortable saying that Broncos Country would rank those two ahead of the Broncos’ tandem. Who else could pose a threat to the Broncos’ duo, however?
I would raise the Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott-Tony Pollard combo as well as the Green Bay Packers’ attack of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. Those groups are the only duos I could think of that have the superstar talent to be a legitimate 1-2 punch like what Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams are capable of.
Personally, I would rank them: Cleveland, Indianapolis, Denver, Green Bay, and Dallas, but if Javonte Williams grows from where he was as a rookie, it’d be hard to deny them the #2 spot versus the Colts.
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