It’s less than three weeks before his 14th NFL training camp gets underway. And, new Dolphins RB Frank Gore is either primed to silence critics who think his best days or behind him or he’s going to prove those who say his signing with the Fins is nothing more than a feel good story to be correct.
As for coach Adam Gase and the Miami brass, they believe that the now 35 year old Gore does have some tread left on the tires. And, that’s why they’ve brought him into a backfield with third year veteran Kenyan Drake and rookie Kalen Ballage.
Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post took a look at the situation on Monday:
Frank Gore will be a mentor to Kenyan Drake. But the Dolphins are counting on him to be much more than that. https://t.co/6D4JydGq2X
— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) July 9, 2018
As Habib wrote in the item Gore’s durability is unquestioned, as he will begin the season having played in 112 straight games plus:
By keeping in terrific shape, Gore has managed 12 straight seasons with at least 1,200 yards from scrimmage. The only backs with more carries than his 3,226 are Emmitt Smith (all-time leader at 4,409), Walter Payton, Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis. None has a better per-carry average than Gore’s 4.4.
With his stocky build and powerful legs, Gore has been an effective inside runner. He tied for 10th in the league last year with 49 carries for first downs, so perhaps third-and-1 will cease to be an automatic passing play. Not to mention that when Ryan Tannehill does throw with Gore in the game, not only can Gore catch, he’s exceptional at pass protection.
Gase and Gore were together in 2008, when Gase served as an offensive assistant on the 49ers.
“It’s been 10 years since we were together,” Gase said. “I mean it seems like forever. The guy looks exactly the same.”
The Dolphins are hoping Gore’s “look” translates into, at least at the beginning of the year, to be a back that they can count on.
Interestingly, when Pro Football Talk picked up Habib’s item Monday morning and then tweeted about it, Gore was paying attention:
— Frank Gore (@frankgore) July 9, 2018
Look. The likelihood is that Gore will feel his 35 years, especially as the first few weeks of the season wear on. However, then again, with a one year deal coming back home to Miami, Gore may be about to prove doubters wrong by having a solid, if not big, season.
The Dolphins think so.
Even if others are already skeptical.
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