August 04, 2017
Chargers’ Melvin Gordon acknowledges friendly rivalry with Rams’ Todd Gurley

Melvin Gordon isn’t necessarily trying to beat out Todd Gurley. But he understands why people keep asking.

Ever since the Chargers announced their move to Los Angeles, reporters have peppered the running back with various iterations of the same question: Are you better than your Rams counterpart?

“That’s my boy,” Gordon said Friday, adding that he’s hung out with Gurley a few times. “I’m cool with him. But obviously, we both want to be the best. We’re fighting to be the best.”

And now, a quick recap:

In 2015, Gurley was a rookie sensation, running for 566 yards and three touchdowns in his first four starts. He ended the season with 1,106 yards on the ground, and another 118 through the air. Gordon, drafted five spots later, ran for just 641.

Last fall, the tables turned. Gordon became a Pro Bowler, churning out 1,416 yards from scrimmage before knee and hip injuries sidelined him for three games. Gurley stumbled, topping 80 yards just once as part of the Rams’ league-worst offense.

On Saturday, they will see each other during a joint practice at the StubHub Center in Carson.

“I’m anxious, man,” Gordon said. “I’m anxious to see what he’s got. Obviously, we’ve been competing and going at it since college. Now, we’re going to be competing against each other for the same territory, or whatever the case may be.”