SAN DIEGO — Ten minutes into the San Diego Chargers first minicamp practice, head coach Mike McCoy, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and running backs coach Ollie Wilson all had their eyes on running back Melvin Gordon as he went through individual drills under a steady drizzle at Chargers Park.
Even the team’s director of college scouting Kevin Kelly — who along with area scout Justin Sheridan was responsible for scouting Gordon — saddled up to the drill in order to get a closer look at San Diego’s new playmaker at running back.
Gordon said he did not notice Chargers brass watching his every move during the opening minutes of practice.
“I just kind of felt they were out there watching everybody,” Gordon said. “I’m so locked in trying to figure out what I need to do, I didn’t even notice them watching me. You probably saw it better than I did.”
Gordon looked as good as advertised on Friday, making quick, decisive cuts at the line of scrimmage and showing that trademark, electric burst once he reached the second level of the defense.
“He did a nice job,” McCoy said. “We weren’t going full speed out there. We were just doing an introduction and making sure everyone has a hat on a hat, and everyone is running to the right spot.
“But he made a few of those moves and those cuts. And you understand why we picked him where we did.”
Gordon did not have long to get acclimated. He arrived Thursday night, signing a four-year deal with a fifth-year option. Gordon had a little time to study the playbook and digest the first two installations of San Diego’s offense before hitting the field on Friday.
“I’m still just trying to learn everything, get the calls, protections and things like that,” Gordon said. “I’m just trying to play as fast as I can, but also know what I need to do.
“I came in a little late, so it’s overloading a little bit right now. But Coach is doing a good job of bringing me along.”
One thing Gordon appreciated on his first practice was the calming, steady approach used by Wilson.
“It’s good,” he said. “I heard he’s a great coach. And I like his coaching style, real laid-back. You can tell he knows a lot. And I’m excited to get coached up by him.”
Gordon also is excited to be back on the field after a five-month hiatus.
“We’ve been out for a while now just around the nation,” Gordon said. “Guys have been sitting out for a while. I haven’t played football in a while. So to get back out here, you have to get your legs back used to it and get back rolling.”