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Melvin Gordon misses the cut on rookie rankings

Good morning.

In this ESPN Insider piece, NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. leaves Melvin Gordon out of his top 20 rookies list.

Kiper says he takes into consideration playing time, positional value, performance and impact on the team in making his rankings.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters tops the list, followed by quarterback Marcus Mariota, Kansas City center Mitch Morse, quarterback Jameis Winston and Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson.

My take: With 136 rushing yards, Gordon is ninth in the NFL. He’s made impact plays for the Chargers, with three explosive runs of at least 20 yards. Gordon belongs somewhere on the list.

Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus places Philip Rivers at No. 5 on his weekly top 10 quarterback rankings. Teddy Bridgewater is No. 7.

Palazzolo: “It’s been a mediocre start to the season for Rivers, who was unable to complete the comeback Sunday as he forced an ill-advised pass right to linebacker Vincent Rey for a game-winning interception. Other than that, he got away with a couple other interception-worthy throws and finished with an inflated passer rating of 113.1.”

My take: Rivers is never one to shy away from taking risks, particularly when his team is down. It would be nice to see the Chargers operating with a lead in the first half so they can lean more on the run game.

Jay Paris of The Mighty 1090 AM radio writes about the good ol’ days, when former San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner was regularly grilled during his tenure with the team from 2007-2012.

Paris: “For better or worse, Turner’s time in San Diego was compelling. The expectations were high and not always reached. But the Chargers were an “it” team in the NFL conversation as a squad which was more of a Super Bowl contender than a pretender.

My take: It’s an interesting look back at a time when the franchise had high expectations but underachieved. Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco are still working to reach that level of performance during the regular season.

Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Chargers’ offense will be tested by Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer, who was the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator before taking over for the Vikings.

My take: Zimmer is an experienced coach who is good at keeping offenses off-balance, but Rivers is the equalizer.