The Colts plan to select Gore's eventual successor during the upcoming draft, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports. Depending on how early in the draft Indianapolis addresses its backfield, Gore could be looking at immediate competition for carries. A first- or second-round selection would be expected to contribute immediately, potentially even posing a threat to Gore's grasp on the lead job. On the other hand, a middle-round draft pick might be viewed as more of a developmental project, with eyes on grooming him for 2018 and beyond. Set to turn 34 just two weeks after the draft, Gore is entering the final season of his three-year contract, coming off back-to-back campaigns in which he fell shy of four yards per carry. He was still a useful part of the Indianapolis offense last season, contributing 1,302 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns while also providing a steady presence in pass protection. The Colts don't have much talent behind him, with Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson rounding out the depth chart.
Gore rushed 16 times for 62 yards, and caught both of his targets for 14 more in Sunday's 24-20 win over Jacksonville. Gore's 3.9 yards per carry in this one matched his season average. While this was just the second time the 33-year-old veteran failed to reach 4.0 yards per attempt, he still managed to crack 1,000 yards for the ninth time in 12 NFL seasons while playing in a three-down role. The Colts will likely add some running back depth this offseason, as they're unlikely to hand the aging Gore such a large workload again. Still, he should be back with the team in 2017 after playing in all 16 games while posting 1,025 yards and four touchdowns on the ground along with four receiving scores.
Gore carried 13 times for 73 yards in Saturday's 33-25 loss to the Raiders. He also caught one of two targets for 12 yards and lost a fumble. Gore ran well to the tune of 5.6 yards per carry, but the Colts faced a constant deficit that reached as high as 26 points and leaned more heavily on the passing game, limiting his rushing attempts. He also coughed up a fumble in his own territory on the first drive of the second half, but it was his first all season and should not be viewed as a problem moving forward. Gore will help his team try to avoid a losing season in next week's finale against the Jaguars.
Gore rushed 26 times for 101 yards, and caught all four of his targets for 14 more in Sunday's 34-6 win over the Vikings. Gore exceeded 20 carries for just the third time this season as the Colts led throughout. The veteran running back ceded goal-line work to Robert Turbin, who found the end zone from one yard out late in the first quarter and added a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Still, Gore's three-down role between the 20's give him a high floor.
Gore accumulated 41 yards on ten carries, while also hauling in two receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Texans. The touchdown came early in the third quarter on an 18 yard swing pass from Andrew Luck. The Colts had trouble getting anything going against the Texans, and were forced to play from behind most of the game. Thus, Gore only manged to ten carries, but held a respectable average of 4.1 per. He and the Colts will look to improve offensively next week against the Vikings.
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