Melvin Gordon was at the tail end of a 32-touchdown campaign this time last season.
Wisconsin feels like so long ago now. He's gone 12 weeks without a score so far as a Chargers rookie.
“So close (to scoring), man,” Gordon told U-T San Diego's Kevin Acee and Michael Gehlken. “So close. Too many chances.”
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Gordon has had the most touchdown-scoring chances, from a statistical standpoint. His 170 total touches put him first among NFLers without a touchdown by a solid margin.
The painful streak kept going last weekend in Jacksonville. In the second quarter, San Diego rode their rookie down to the Jaguars' two-yard line on back-to-back red zone runs. Philip Rivers passed for the touchdown instead.
Then, in the fourth, Gordon broke through with a promising fourth-down carry. It on a shoestring tackle, not a touchdown.
It's only a matter of time before the drought ends — but a touchdown-scorer like Gordon must feel its pain with each passing week.