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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, who is almost five weeks into his contract holdout, said he's "just waiting on the call" from the team while he continues to train on his own in California and Florida. According to a source, both sides remain millions of dollars apart in negotiations. Gordon continues to say that he will hold out into the regular season if he doesn't get a new deal to his liking. His agent, Damarius Bilbo, also requested a trade for his client earlier this month after the team remained at their initial offer of around $10 million per year. Gordon is a two-time Pro Bowler and has 28 rushing touchdowns in the last three years, tying him with Ezekiel Elliott. Before his holdout, Gordon was set to be a strong RB1 choice, perhaps even in the first round. He's fallen to No. 18 on the RB list at RotoBaller and has become a big fantasy risk. If Gordon sits out regular season games, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will both become much more valuable.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor started Sunday's game against the Saints and struggled to move the ball with the first-team offense. He went 7-for-10 for 57 yards, but he also suffered his first interception of the season on a tipped ball that fluttered right to a Saints DB. Taylor was unable to drive the team across midfield on any of his four drives, and it won't help his chances that Cardale Jones played well after Taylor left the field. Of course, Jones was facing a different defense and Taylor's struggles were accentuated by a poor run game that is missing its star, but it's never good to struggle when battling for a roster spot.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Cardale Jones took over from starter Tyrod Taylor in the team's second preseason game on Sunday, and he promptly led the offense on a 97-yard touchdown drive. The drive required a generous pass interference penalty to get out of the shadow of its own end zone, but Jones made a couple nice throws including a strike to Andre Patton for the 24-yard touchdown. Jones is fighting a bit of an uphill battle against the accurate but uninteresting Tyrod Taylor, but head coach Anthony Lynn has remained dedicated to the company line that the backup quarterback job will not be decided until the very end. If Jones can continue to shine while Taylor sputters, he could come out the victor.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson is embroiled in a battle with Austin Ekeler to see who could be the starter if star running back Melvin Gordon's holdout continues into the regular season, but neither looked particularly good in the team's second preseason game on Sunday. Jackson averaged 4.1 yards per carry in the game, but over half of his 33 yards came on a single 17-yard carry. Jackson isn't a bad running back, but it's likely that the two will share the load since both have struggled as the lead back in their limited opportunities. Obviously, Jackson's value crashes dramatically if Gordon comes back, though there are currently no indications that he's close to returning.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick was the clean-up man for the team again in Week 2 of the preseason, but he didn't do much to impress this time around. Stick went just 5-for-13 through the air for 62 yards and threw an interception. Stick is pretty clearly in third place for the backup job for the Chargers this year, facing off against a pair of former starting quarterbacks trying to extend their careers. While he's shown moments that inspire some interest and hope for his future, he's clearly a few steps behind the other two and only likely to end up on the practice squad.