Melvin Gordon was easily one of the biggest fantasy football studs last year before an injury ended his season after 13 games.
The second-year pro out of Wisconsin was a disappointment as a rookie, but he finished last season with more than 1,400 total yards and 12 touchdowns. New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn thinks Gordon can do even more next season.
“I’ve watched some tape on him,” Lynn said, via ESPN.com. “Man, he has some upside. He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year. And I told him we can take this to another level. We’re going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him.”
Despite the great leap between Gordon’s first and second years in the NFL, Lynn believes there is still room for growth.
“AB is a big contributor to our success, has been for several years now, and I think he’s capable of continuing to be that kind of player,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “I think he’s someone who wants to be a great player and works hard to be that. Hopefully, he’ll continue to evolve as a player and as a person.”
Going on 29, Brown was set to make $4.71 million in the final year of a six-year restructured contract, but now he’ll easily make more than salary leaders A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Dez Bryant.
A five-time Pro Bowler, Brown deserves every penny after four outstanding seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished the 2016 season with 106 catches for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Brown has had four straight seasons of at least 100 receptions and led the league in catches in 2014 and 2015. His 136 receptions for 1,834 yards in 2015 broke his own franchise records set a year earlier, when he established a team record with 13 touchdowns.