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Chargers Melvin Gordon doesnt look like Todd Gurley, but wants to be paid like him

Chargers Melvin Gordon doesnt look like Todd Gurley, but wants to be paid like him
Published On: Wed, Aug 15
Oct 30, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos inside linebacker Todd Davis (51) tackles San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Not all Los Angeles running backs look alike.

Todd Gurley, the Ramsa€™ backfield star, is listed at 6-foot-1, 224 pounds. Melvin Gordon, the Chargersa€™ workhorse, is listed at 6-1, 215 pounds. Both have shoulder-length dreads. But remove the helmets and, well, the facial similarities just arena€™t there.

And yet, Gordon often gets mistaken for Gurley a€“ as well as Tennesseea€™s Derrick Henry, another long-haired runner.

a€œIt is what it is,a€ he said TuesdayA after the Chargers wrapped up practice at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.

Making matters worse? The confusion doesna€™t go both ways. Asked Monday if he ever gets mistaken for Gordon, Gurley said, a€œNah, never.a€

In many ways, one has overshadowed the other ever since they entered the league. The Rams selected Gurley at No. 10 overall in 2015, making him the highest-drafted running back in three years. Five picks later, the Chargers took Gordon.

Gurley became the leaguea€™s top offensive rookie, while Gordon debuted with just 641 rushing yards. The next year, Gordon flipped the script by doubling his counterparta€™s touchdown total a€“ only to see Gurley vault into another stratosphere in 2017. Under new head coach Sean McVay, Gurley erupted for 19 touchdowns and 2,093 yards from scrimmage last season to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Last month, the Rams rewarded him with a four-year extension with $45 million guaranteed, the largest deal ever for an NFL running back.

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