New Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon admits he is having a bit of a hard time adjusting to the altitude in Denver but he hopes as the time progresses it will be easier for him. Gordon, who couldn't agree on a new long-term deal with the Los Angeles Chargers last season, switched teams this offseason when he moved from Los Angeles to Denver.
Gordon, a two-time Pro Bowl running back, has been one of the biggest acquisitions of the Broncos and he will be an integral part of the team's offense. The Broncos now have a pair of great running backs as 2018 Pro Bowl running back Philip Lindsay will also have a role in the Broncos offense this year.
Gordon says he won't even feel tired at away games
"I'm struggling a little bit, I'm struggling a up here little bit with the altitude," Gordon said following Sunday's practice, as quoted on CBS Sports.
"What I keep hearing is when we play other places, we won't even get tired, so I'm looking forward to that. Right now it's tough, trying to finish downfield, and things like that. It's dry out here, I'm trying to drink water every second, lips are dry.
That's the biggest adjustment, working all offseason and coming here and still feeling like you're still not in shape because of the altitude." Meanwhile, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is thrilled to have eight-game Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers on the team.
Rivers, the fourth overall pick of the Los Angeles Chargers in 2004, changed teams for the first time in his career this offseason when he signed with the Colts. "Just to get him here in this building in Indianapolis is special," Hilton told The NFL Today's Nate Burleson of Rivers' arrival.
"The guy knows a lot [about] football, he has a ton of knowledge, and we love to have him. He's a blessing to have." Rivers led the NFL in passing yards in 2010 and Hilton insists the 38-year-old quarterback is as competitive as you can get.
"He's showed it already a couple times just in the locker room while we're playing cornhole," Hilton said of Rivers' competitive energy. "He's bringing it. ... Out there on the field, I know he's going to bring it as well and we just have to match his energy." The Colts failed to make the playoffs last year with Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback.