Melvin Gordon finally scores first NFL touchdown


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Melvin Gordon didn't have the rookie season the Chargers envisioned when they moved up two spots to select him with the 15th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Gordon was coming off a record-breaking season at Wisconsin, where he ran for 2,587 yards with 29 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores. Gordon scored 49 touchdowns over three seasons for the Badgers, but did not score once during his rookie season.

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He finally found paydirt Sunday on San Diego's first offensive series against the Kansas City Chiefs. Gordon plunged in from a yard out to cap a six-play drive that included a 17-yard run by Gordon. A bit later, Gordon found paydirt again.

No other NFL player had more touches without a touchdown than Gordon last season.

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The Chargers were a popular pick to win the AFC West last year as quarterback Philip Rivers and the Chargers were finally supposed to have a balanced offense they enjoyed when LaDainian Tomlinson was carrying the ball. But multiple injuries on the offensive line hampered the Chargers offense, which was fourth through the air but second-worst on the ground.

Instead of competing for a division crown, the Chargers limped to a 4-12 record with Gordon finishing the season on injured reserve. He and the Bolts were off to a good start Sunday.