Gore ran 21 times for 82 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-22 win over the Chargers. He caught one of three targets for just one yard. Gore was easily the Colts' workhorse back, as Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson combined for just 11 yards on five carries. On a somewhat negative note, Turbin vultured a touchdown in the third quarter, and Ferguson was more active in the passing game, catching three of four targets for 29 yards. In any case, Gore's workload is encouraging, and he'll look to score again next week at Jacksonville.
Gore rushed for 44 yards on 13 carries in Sunday's loss to Denver. He added 19 yards and a touchdown off of three catches. Gore showed that he still has some spring in his step on Sunday, shuffling along the sideline before diving into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. He also surpassed Franco Harris for 13th on the all-time rushing list during the game. Gore doesn't face much competition for carries, but the Colts' offense being based around Andrew Luck's right arm makes carries hard to come by. He hasn't topped 20 carries since Week 9 of last season. Getting more involved in the passing game is a way for Gore to find a niche. He's caught at least three passes in both of his first two games of 2016, after reaching the total just five times in 2015.
Gore had 14 carries for 59 yards and caught 4-of-6 targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 39-35 loss to Detroit. While Gore didn't make any big plays, he was easily the most active Colts' running back, as Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson combined for just six touches. Indianapolis might grind things out a bit more next week at Denver, so Gore should see plenty of work, at least in theory.
The Colts plan to reduce Gore's workload in 2016, ESPN's Mike Wells reports. The 33-year-old logged 260 carries in 2015, but averaged an ineffective 3.7 yards per attempt. Previously, Gore hadn't dipped below 4.1 YPC throughout his entire career. A lighter load in 2016 could keep Gore fresh and more productive on a per-clip basis, so the narrative goes, but the real boon to Gore's prospects, and health, this upcoming season will be the Colts' newfound emphasis on their offensive line, while a decrease in Gore's touches may simply be an attempt to get more tailbacks involved in the offense so the team can take stock of their backfield talent if (when) Gore decides to hang up the cleats.
Gore said he is still upset about falling shy of 1,000 rushing yards last season, the Indianapolis Star reports. Gore finished his first year in Indianapolis with 967 rushing yards, extending the Colts' streak to eight consecutive seasons without a 1,000-yard rusher. Furthermore, the team has played 50 regular-season games since it last had a 100-yard rusher, as Gore didn't top the century mark despite playing all 16 games last season. Though now 33 years old, Gore could find that the yards come a bit easier in 2016, after the Colts used four of their eight draft picks (including a first-rounder) on offensive linemen. The team also brought in veterans Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman to provide depth at running back, but neither seems like a serious threat to Gore's workload. If Gore does reach 1,000 rushing yards, he'll be the oldest running back to do so since John Riggins had 1,239 in 1984 at the age of 35.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/30||Kansas City Chiefs||22||20.00|
|9||11/06||@Green Bay Packers||1||8.00|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||4||12.00|
|3 Year Avg||264||1067||6||20||173||1||165|