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RB Frank Gore - Miami Dolphins

5-10, 220Born: 5-14-1983College: Miami (Fl)Drafted: Round 3, pick 2005

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News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 14): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.

General News (Thu Dec 13): did not practice on Thursday (he was excused).

Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Frank Gore is coming off a fantastic game against the Patriots that saw him rush 12 times for 92 yards, and catch one pass for 24 yards. This was Gore's second-highest rushing total of the season, and the only time in a game he's averaged seven yards per carry. Gore doesn't see enough volume to be a fantasy factor, but it is impressive that at his age, he's still averaging 4.7 yards per carry running behind an offensive line that has overachieved on its talent. Kenyan Drake has been battling a sprained AC joint in the shoulder which could have contributed to his light workload, as he saw only six attempts for 24 yards. He's the most explosive player on the Dolphins roster by far, yet Adam Gase has refused to give him the type of touches that would allow him to break big plays and turn a slow, plodding Dolphins offense into something much more modern. Drake made his case on the last play of the game, as he took a lateral from Parker (who had taken a lateral from Stills) 55 yards for the game-winning touchdown. It was the type of play that everyone and their mother know Drake is capable of, but it remains to be seen whether that play will have any lasting effect on how Gase uses him moving forward. The Minnesota Vikings defense ranks 13th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game at 108. Prior to last week's game against the Seahawks, the Vikings had ranked 5th in this category at 93.6 yards per game, but the Seahawks gashed them and racked up 214 rushing yards in the process. The Vikings defensive line has two run stopping studs in Sheldon Richardson and Linval Joseph and remain a top unit despite the hiccup last week, but continue to miss Eric Kendricks who is once again questionable at the linebacker position. This week they face off against a Miami offensive line that graded as out a bottom unit in the preseason but has played better than their talent suggests this season. Still, the Vikings defensive line has a clear advantage here, and without a consistent run game, the Dolphins are going to have a lot of difficulties moving the ball unless they can hit a big play against the weak linebacking group of the Vikings

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at IND 29 14 67 0 2 1 10 0 0 7.7
13 vs BUF 20 8 21 0 1 1 10 0 0 3.1
14 vs NE 24 12 92 0 1 1 24 0 0 10.6
15 at MIN PROJ-Dodds * 14 * * 1 * * * *
15 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 1 * * * *
15 at MIN PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Frank Gore's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Dolphins | Frank Gore will not return (Sun Dec 16, 02:52 PM) - Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore (foot) has been diagnosed with a foot sprain and will not return to the Week 15 game, according to a source. Gore underwent X-rays on his foot, but they were negative.

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Dolphins | Frank Gore questionable to return (Sun Dec 16, 01:53 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the team's Week 15 game Sunday, Dec. 16. His return is listed as questionable.

Our View: Gore was carted to the locker room. We doubt he'll be playing next week against Jacksonville.
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Dolphins | Frank Gore on dubious list (Sun Dec 16, 12:07 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore has rushed for the 10th-most yards (708) for a player with no touchdowns in league history. The last players to rush for at least 700 yards and no scores were Marcel Shipp (830 with the 2003 Arizona Cardinals) and Michael Pittman (751 with the 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

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Dolphins | Frank Gore should be in uniform (Fri Dec 14, 02:09 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 15.

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Dolphins | Miami's Week 15 injury report (Fri Dec 14, 01:19 PM) - Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (knee) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Week 15 versus the Minnesota Vikings. S T.J. McDonald (ankle) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 14, but is listed as questionable. WR Danny Amendola (knee), QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder, ankle) and OT Laremy Tunsil (knee) remained limited at practice Friday but no longer appear on the injury report. CB Cornell Armstrong (ankle), LS John Denney (finger), RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder), RB Frank Gore (non-injury), OT Ja'Wuan James (quad), FS Reshad Jones (shoulder), WR DeVante Parker (shoulder) and C Travis Swanson (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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