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LT, Rivers weigh in on Melvin Gordon

The former first-round pick is ready for a stronger second year.

Former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was at training camp this week while broadcasting for NFL Network, and was asked about second-year running back Melvin Gordon, who had a rookie season that left a lot to be desired -- not only from fans, but from Gordon himself.

According to Tomlinson:

"I think he lacked a lot of confidence. Coming from a system where he was relied upon to be the guy, and then he comes here and you switch him in and out, and he doesn't know his role, and the offense is totally different. And then not getting off to a good start. He had some fumbling issues. All that stuff played a factor. The confidence was lacking.

"But now, I see a guy that's getting that confidence back. You can see by the way he's running around out here, smiling. He seems like he's happy to be here."

Gordon, the Chargers' first-round pick in 2015, amassed 641 rushing yards (3.5 yards per carry) and no touchdowns his rookie season in the NFL, and dealt with injuries and fumbling issues. Over the offseason, he had microfracture surgery on his knee, but appears to be fully recovered and is showing explosion and burst during training camp.

Says his quarterback, Philip Rivers:

“The past two days have been his best two days. He’s made some cuts and really lowered his pads at contact. You know he’s got (it) in him. You just want to continue to see it, day in and day out. He continues to improve. But he’s got to stay on track.”

The Chargers play their first preseason game Saturday in Tennessee.

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