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Philip Rivers: We love Melvin Gordon, but running back is a deep position for us

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has officially begun his holdout and will risk possible preseason fines.

Melvin Gordon, who is holding out of Chargers camp in search of a new contract, says a great running back can’t be replaced. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers may not agree with that.

Although Rivers made a point of saying that Gordon is a good teammate, he also said that the second and third running backs on the roster, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are capable of taking on a heavy workload if called upon to do so.

“They’re going to get a lot of work,” Rivers said, via the Los Angeles Times. “It certainly is a deep position for us, and those guys all love to play and work hard. We love Melvin, but we’re going to go with what we’ve got. It’s a pretty dang good group.”

Rivers is right: Ekeler has proven himself more than capable of performing well in the Chargers’ offense, and Jackson showed promise in a limited role as a rookie last year. It’s easy to envision Gordon holding out to start the season, and the Chargers’ other running backs showing that he can be replaced a lot more easily than he thinks.