Gore rushed nine times for 25 yards and added a 19-yard catch on his lone target in Sunday's 20-12 win over the Jets. This was a special day for Gore, who passed Curtis Martin for fourth on the NFL's all-time rushing list. Otherwise, Gore was out-touched 15-10 by Kenyan Drake, who got into the end zone from six yards out in this one. The veteran running back's lone catch was a huge one, as he picked up just enough on a 3rd-and-19 checkdown late in the fourth quarter. Miami subsequently gained one more first down and ran out the clock.
Gore rushed nine times for 61 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during Sunday's season opener against the Titans -- a 27-20 Miami win. Gore came in needing 75 yards to tie Curtis Martin for fourth on the all-time rushing list, leaving him just 14 yards short after a strong showing. Kenyan Drake got 14 carries to Gore's nine, lending credence to a depth chart that surprisingly listed the two running backs as co-starters. Drake's still the player to own in Miami's backfield, but Gore appears primed to work in more than just a change-of-pace role.
Gore (non-injury) returned to practice Friday, the Sun-Sentinel reports. After taking a day of rest Thursday, Gore was back in action in his usual capacity (full) Friday. Nonetheless, the veteran running back is in danger of ending his consecutive start streak of 108 games. The Dolphins are expected to start 2017 breakout Kenyan Drake at running back Week 1 and beyond, but Gore should still have a meaningful role out of the backfield.
Gore (not injury-related) did not practice Thursday. Gore practiced fully Wednesday, albeit with an Achilles' issue marked on the Dolphins' injury report. Thursday's absence presumably falls under the umbrella of veteran rest day. Given the mileage Gore has piled up since making his NFL debut in 2005, routine rest days could be a regular plan for the 35-year-old. Per the Dolphins' posted depth chart, Gore is listed as a co-starter with Kenyan Drake. That said, ESPN's Cameron Wolfe relays that Drake remains a strong bet to lead the team in touches and backfield snaps. Still, it's possible that in addition to spelling Drake in order to keep him fresh, Gore could emerge as Miami's preferred option near the goal line.
Gore and Kenyan Drake are listed as co-starters on Miami's depth chart ahead of its Week 1 matchup with Tennessee. Miami did the same thing throughout the preseason, slotting Gore right next to Drake in the top spot on the depth chart. Drake is still a strong bet to lead the team in touches and backfield snaps, but this does at least provide a useful reminder of head coach Adam Gase's stated intention to give the 35-year-old a portion of the workload. Given his stocky build and above-average vision, Gore could very well be the preferred option near the goal line, even if Drake dominates touches everywhere else. Gore is listed on the initial Week 1 injury report with an Achilles issue, but it didn't stop him from logging a full practice Wednesday, per Alain Poupart of the Dolphins' official site.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/30||@New England Patriots||20||17.00|
|9||11/04||New York Jets||6||11.00|
|10||11/11||@Green Bay Packers||8||12.00|
|14||12/09||New England Patriots||20||17.00|
|3 Year Avg||261||984||4||34||263||2||158|