RB Frank Gore - Buffalo Bills
|5-10, 220||Born: 5-14-1983||College: Miami (Fl)||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2005|
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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Frank Gore's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 15 vs MIN (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It has been a great season for Gore despite splitting playing time this season. He had an outside shot at 1,000 yards, but an early exit in the first quarter due to an ankle injury will dash any hopes of that. Gore had 5 carries before that point with a long run of 10 yards up the middle. With the game out of hand already, the Dolphins elected to not try and force him back into the game with the injury. Gore was not targeted in the passing game at all and looks like he would not have been helpful the rest of the game. Ballage ripped off a 75-yard run and was more or less shit down outside of that. It was not a great day on the ground overall for the Dolphins despite the high average and over 100 combined yards. They made runs when it did not matter and could not finish drives when the game was close. Gore should be back next week unless the team finds the injury was more serious than it originally looked.
2018 Week 14 vs NE (12 / 92 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
There was a clear pecking order in the back field today and Gore led the way. He saw twice as many carries as any other back and was the go to in almost every situation. Bolden may have broke the big run and scored the touchdown, but Gore got the hard yards between the tackles for first downs. His longest run of the day was 36 yards and that was 12 more than Drake had on all 6 of his carries. He also added a long 24-yard reception on his only target of the game. It was a game of big plays for the Dolphins and Gore had 2 of them. He was unable to find the end zone but helped set up the touchdowns by Stills and Bolden later in the game. Gore still has an outside shot at 1,000 yards for the season, but he will need 3 big games to close the year. He will have a tough matchup next week against the Vikings and then the following week against the Jaguars.
2018 Week 13 vs BUF (8 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Buffalo has been terrible against the run this season, but Miami was not able to get anything going on the ground. Gore only had 8 carries and only broke free on an 8-yard run once. He also chipped in with a 10-yard catch for his longest play of the game. Gore and Drake will flip flop each week with who gets more carries, but it was an almost even split this week. Gore was bottled up at or behind the line of scrimmage on almost every play. The team failed to rush for over 100 yards as a whole while the opposing quarterback racked up 135 yards on the ground. Gore has been a work horse this season when they use him, but this was not one of those games.
2018 Week 12 vs IND (14 / 67 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
In a race against father time, Gore keeps plugging away for the Dolphins. He led the team in carries again this week and had more success than any other back. Gore had 6 more carries than Drake this week and 35 more yards. He did not play much of a role in the passing game this week but that has been the norm this season. Gore has been the ground and pound back while Drake has come in as a change of pace and passing attack back. Gore had the longest play of the game on the ground with his 23-yard rush off the edge but was unable to find the end zone. The Dolphins continue to trust Gore late in the game as he has an established history of ball security, but it was not enough to run out the clock and beat the Colts this week. Gore passed Curtis Samuel for 4th on the all-time rushing list earlier this season and continues to chip away for third. He is 715 yards behind Barry Sanders and does not have a chance at the rate they are going this season. If Gore has another season in him, he has a great chance to take over that third spot next season. A great matchup against the Bills next week could help him chip away this season.
2018 Week 10 vs GB (13 / 90 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
There were not many who predicted that Gore would be leading the Miami back field at any point this season. He was just supposed to be a veteran presence added late during training camp to teach Drake the subtle art of being a running back in the NFL. As the season has worn on, the Dolphins have shown a greater commitment to Gore than they have in Drake. He has been the back they trust with the game on the line and he continues to get more carries on a game by game basis. Gore out touched Drake 15 to 10 this week and out gained him 102 yards to 38. Gore's longest play of the day, a 39-yard scamper down the side line, accounted for more yards than Drake had all game. Gore also saw 1 more target in the passing game than Drake this week and that is outside the norm for this season. Gore was unable to break free in the red zone, but the same could be said for the entire Miami offense. It continues to be a guessing game as to who is taking the lead out of the back field in Miami, but right now it seems to be Gore's position to lead.
2018 Week 9 vs NYJ (20 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
It was not pretty, but the Dolphins invested in Gore this week and gave him 20 carries. This was a season high, but Gore could do next to nothing with them. He averaged under 3 yards per carry and only had 1 target in the passing game. The inequity in carries was the highest of the season and it may have had to do with ball security more than who was having success. Gore's longest play of the game was an 8-yard rush, but the team still kept feeding him the ball. If the Dolphins keep giving him the ball at this rate, Gore will be the back to start in Miami.
2018 Week 8 vs HOU (12 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
This final line for Gore was very similar to Drake, but he did not manage to get into the end zone. Each back was given 12 carries and Gore had 5 fewer yards. His longest run was 9 yards, but he never got the chance down around the goal line. Gore was given the chance on the first drive on a 4th and 1 play, but an errant pass from Osweiler turned the ball over on downs. Gore had 1 other target during the game and he brought that in for 5 yards. Had he caught his first target, the touch distribution would have been equal. After rushing for 100 yards 2 weeks ago, Gore has steadily been out paced by Drake. That was always the plan for the Dolphins as Drake was the perceived starter all along. Gore should continue to get work, but he is going to see his role decrease as Drake gets going down the stretch.
2018 Week 7 vs DET (10 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
It was a quiet game for Gore, especially after he put up 100 yards rushing last week. He had 4 more carries than Drake but was unable to do anything with them. Gores longest run of the day was 6 yards and he averaged 2.9 yards per carry for the entire game. Gore had 11 total touches to Drake's 10, but Drake was targeted 8 times, or 7 more than Gore. After his long run to put him over 100 yards last week, Gore looked gassed and was pulled for the younger Drake. This seems to be what happened again this week, but Gore did not have any big numbers to hide it. Look for this game to be where the shift in playing time officially slides from Gore to Drake for the rest of the season.
2018 Week 6 vs CHI (15 / 101 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
It seemed like a turn back the clock night for Gore as he racked up over 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. He was able to do it with just 15 carries and he has looked like the better back all season long. The Dolphins still gave 13 carries to Drake, but he did not have the same success as Gore. The biggest play of the game was his 32-yard rush in overtime to help setup a potential game winning touchdown. Unfortunately, Gore was not given the chance to run it in and instead Drake fumbled the ball back to Chicago on the 1-yard line. He was targeted only once in the passing game but almost had as many yards as Drake did with his 6 targets. Gore is fighting to make himself relevant and has proven that he still has something left in the tank. The Dolphins are going to have some decisions to make going forward in regard to their starting quarterback and running back. The coaching staff is adamant that Drake is the starter, but Gore is really pushing that decision.
2018 Week 5 vs CIN (12 / 63 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
When a team has a 14-point lead in the 4th quarter, you normally assume they are going to run the ball and try to run out the clock. However, that was not the case this week and Gore was not given the opportunity to try and run out the clock. He had twice the amount of carries than Drake but was not targeted in the passing game at all. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and was still only given the ball 12 times. His longest run of the game was 10 yards, and he was not given the chance to build on that. Gore has now had 3 weeks of more carries than Drake, but the Dolphins still will not commit to the veteran. Gore is going to have a tough time running next week against Chicago and may lose out on touches if Miami gets behind early.
2018 Week 4 vs NE (11 / 41 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)
There was not a lot to celebrate for the Dolphins this week, but Gore did reach a mile stone. This was his 200th career game and he is only the 8th running back to do that all time. As a reward, he led the team in carries, yards, and touchdowns this week. He had a 14-yard scamper for a 1st down off the right side and caught a 6-yard touchdown pass late in the 4th quarter. The pass came from Brock Osweiler who had rolled out to the right and found Gore open in the flat. He lowered his shoulder and broke a tackle before walking into the end zone for the Dolphins only touchdown of the game. There was not a lot to celebrate for the Dolphin offense this week, but Gore managed to do his part. It will be interesting to see how many touches he has next week against the Bengals and if they revert to Drake as the lead back.
2018 Week 3 vs OAK (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After moving up the career rushing list, Gore looked primed to get a little more usage. The game script seemed to be favorable as well. It was late in the 4th quarter, the Dolphins were nursing a 4-point lead, and all they had to do was run out the clock. However, they elected to run their wide receiver end around pass again and neither Gore nor Drake were given a chance to run out the clock. Gore had slightly more success than Drake and was given 1 more carry. He doubled Drake's yards on a single carry but was unable to surpass 15 total yards. Ryan Tannehill had more rushing yards on a single attempt than either running back did the entire game. It is not often that a team finds a way to win a game like this, but the Dolphins did. They are going to need a much more balanced attack against the Patriots next week if they want to continue their win streak.
2018 Week 2 vs NYJ (9 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
There is not much positive to say about the day Gore had running the ball today was that he moved into 4th all-time in rushing yards. He only had 2 fewer carries than Drake but had almost half the yards. He managed a meager 2.8 yards per carry and only a lone reception in the passing game. Gore is a great veteran presence and mentor for Drake, but he is not going to see the amount of snaps needed for him to make a difference. Gore's longest rush of the day was 8 yards and that was almost a third of his yards. The Raiders had a tough time containing the Broncos rushing attack this week and may provide a better matchup for Gore and his skill set.
2018 Week 1 vs TEN (9 / 61 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It looked like it was turn back the clock night for Gore as he rushed to the tune of more than 6 yards per carry serving as the backup to Drake. Gore lead the team in rushing and looked like the most competent player not named Kenny Stills. He broke a 21-yard gallop through the second level and looked poised in pass protection on third down situations. It may not be time to abandon Drake yet and buy in stock for Gore, but he certainly did not do anything to hurt his cause today. If he continues to find success, look for his workload to increase in the coming weeks.
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