Gore will not practice during Tuesday's OTA sessions due to foot/ankle issues, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. When you sign a 36-year-old running back, these are the type of minor injuries that come with the territory. However, we imagine a veteran like Gore knows his way around summer work and will have plenty of time to get up to speed as the team's main backup to LeSean McCoy, assuming Gore's issues are minor.
Gore, signed by the Bills as a free agent in March, is part of a crowded running back corps after the team signed veteran T. J. Yeldon in April, then drafted Devin Singletary in the third round of the 2019 draft. Gore still sits as the clear-cut No. 2 behind LeSean McCoy given that Yeldon was brought in more for his receiving ability and Singletary is unproven at the pro level, but these developments certainly crowd things up. We'll also mention Gore turns 36 this week. Add all that together and it's hard to see Gore getting the volume that merits fantasy value, outside of a long-term injury to McCoy or the Bills cutting ties with Shady. We'd explore a possible goal-line role for Gore, but he surprisingly hasn't scored a rushing touchdown since Week 12 of the 2017 season.
The Bills cut Chris Ivory this week, leaving Gore in better position to be the main backup to starter LeSean McCoy. Gore and Ivory are somewhat similar at this stage of their careers, so there was only need for one and the Bills went with the soon-to-be 36-year-old. We'll see if the team brings in another running back through the draft, but for now Gore seems locked into that No. 2 role, with the unproven Marcus Murphy being the only threat to his expected workload.
Gore is signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The ageless veteran will continue his career in Buffalo after the Dolphins did not re-sign him. Gore ran for 722 yards in 2018 while averaging 4.6 yards per carry, one of the highest marks of his career. He stands to add backfield depth behind LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory.
Gore (foot) intends to continue his football career even if the Dolphins don't re-sign him, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports. Most players wouldn't have any interest in a rebuilding project during their age-36 season, but Gore is a South Florida native who attended the University of Miami. He shouldn't have too much trouble drumming up interest on the open market, coming off a 2018 campaign in which he averaged 4.6 yards on 156 carries. Gore missed the final two games of the season with a foot injury, and while his current health status isn't quite clear, the Dolphins didn't expect him to require surgery. He likely will need to accept a reduced role if he re-signs with his hometown team and its new coaching staff.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New York Jets||18||17.75|
|2||09/15||@New York Giants||23||19.88|
|4||09/29||New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|16||12/22||@New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|17||12/29||New York Jets||18||17.75|
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