Although the offensive line failed to open wide lanes, Gordon still showed a disturbing penchant for stutter-stepping at the line of scrimmage -- as you can see in the video above -- rather than making one cut and pushing forward.
The former Wisconsin star acknowledged Tuesday that he has work to do in that area.
"It's just being decisive with my runs," Gordon said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Just being sharp and clean. ... You've got to calm down and keep telling yourself, 'It'll come to you.' I think that's what a lot of players and probably a lot of rookies have to learn. You want to be great so fast. Sometimes, it just doesn't happen that way. It's a process."
Confronting the problem is half the battle, but this hesitation has been ingrained in his running style for several years.
"One of the big questions I had about Gordon coming out of Wisconsin was just his ability in traffic," NFL draft analyst Fran Duffy said on the Russ Tucker Football Podcast this week. "There were times when I thought he would look a little bit tentative when things got cloudy. And I saw a little bit more of that this week against the Dallas Cowboys. That will just be something to watch going forward. I'm not ready to hit the panic button just yet."
Gordon is a gifted runner oozing big-play potential, but camp reports and his preseason debut strongly suggest he remains an incomplete back with boom-or-bust tendencies.