COSTA MESA — Melvin Gordon isn’t necessarily trying to beat out Todd Gurley. But he understands why people keep asking.
Ever since the Chargers announced their move to Los Angeles, reporters have peppered the running back with various iterations of the same question: Are you better than your Rams counterpart?
“That’s my boy,” Gordon said Friday, adding that he’s hung out with Gurley a few times. “I’m cool with him. But obviously, we both want to be the best. We’re fighting to be the best.”
And now, a quick recap:
In 2015, Gurley was a rookie sensation, running for 566 yards and three touchdowns in his first four starts. He ended the season with 1,106 yards on the ground, and another 118 through the air. Gordon, drafted five spots later, ran for just 641.
Last fall, the tables turned. Gordon became a Pro Bowler, churning out 1,416 yards from scrimmage before knee and hip injuries sidelined him for three games. Gurley stumbled, topping 80 yards just once as part of the Rams’ league-worst offense.
On Saturday, they will see each other during a joint practice at the StubHub Center in Carson.
“I’m anxious, man,” Gordon said. “I’m anxious to see what he’s got. Obviously, we’ve been competing and going at it since college. Now, we’re going to be competing against each other for the same territory, or whatever the case may be.”
Longtime Charger Stuckey released
The Chargers parted ways with veteran safety Darrell Stuckey on Friday, releasing him with a failed physical designation. Stuckey had been sidelined for the first week of training camp with a knee injury.
For a franchise transitioning to a new market, the move cuts another long-term tie with San Diego. A fourth-round pick in 2010, Stuckey was the third-longest tenured Charger, behind only tight end Antonio Gates and quarterback Philip Rivers — who joined the team in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
“You couldn’t ask for a better person to represent the organization than Darrell,” general manager Tom Telesco told the team’s website, “and we want to sincerely thank him not only for what he has meant to the Chargers, but for what he has meant to the community as a whole.”
Stuckey became a fan favorite over the course of seven seasons, a five-time team captain who earned his living on special teams and earned a Pro Bowl nod with his 2014 season.
Long snapper Mike Windt, who signed with the Chargers in October 2010, is now the team’s third-longest tenured…