by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (7/24/14) Recently there have been reports that 49ers running back Frank Gore would see his carries drop to around 200 to 220 over the course of the season. Gore's having none of that.
"I'm still here, so why not?" Gore said when asked if he wanted to continue getting a big amount of offensive work according to Comcast Sportsnet. "I'm from Miami. I've been competing ever since I left high school. I've been with top guys who've been in the league. I'm up for it. One day, they’re going to get this role. But I'm here, and I'm going to make it a challenge. ... I'm just going to try to be the Frank Gore I've always been."
The Niners drafted Carlos Hyde in the second round this offseason and still have Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore on the roster to help Gore, 31, shoulder the load.
Frank Gore's workload could drop to 200 carries
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (7/23/14) 49ers running back Frank Gore is still the guy the team will look to in the clutch, but his workload could drop to around 200 carries, reports ESPN.com. Gore, 31, carried 276 times last year and is entering his 10th season.
The website envisions Gore's workload falling thanks to the potential emergence of Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore and San Francisco's new receiving weapons.
Frank Gore's carries expected to take a hit
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (7/6/14) 49ers running back Frank Gore has averaged 272 carries the past three seasons. But ESPN.com guesses Gore, now 31, will see about 220 carries this year.
The website expects rookie Carlos Hyde and second-year back Marcus Lattimore to eat into Gore's workload. Kendall Hunter remains in the picture as the current No. 2 on the depth cart.
Frank Gore hasn't been practicing
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (6/4/14)Frank Gore was with the 49ers for their OTA workouts but did not actually participated in any drills. Gore stretched and spent time watching the second-string offense in team drills before leaving early, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. It is believed that Gore has yet to practice with the team this offseason.
No injury has been reported so the prevailing thought is that the team is simply saving him for training camp. But the paper goes on to suggest that the team needs to hold him back from shouldering a big workload so he has something left in the tank for the postseason, something that didn't happen last season.
Anquan Boldin excited for 49ers offense
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/3/14) 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin said he's excited for the offense this year with Michael Crabtree coming back at 100 percent. Crabtree missed the first 11 games last year with an Achilles injury.
Boldin said in an interview with CBSSports.com that Colin Kaepernick now has all of his weapons back with Crabtree, Boldin and Vernon Davis. Quinton Patton is expected to take on a bigger role, and the 49ers have an excellent backfield with Frank Gore and the potential of second-year running back Marcus Lattimore, who is coming back from a devastating knee injury at South Carolina in 2012.
"It's going to be big," Boldin said of Crabtree being back. "It's going to be major for us. Toward the end of the season you were able to see a glimpse of what it's like to have me and him on the field at the same time, and then you have Vernon working out of the tight end position. And we have the young guy in Quinton Patton coming along. We were expecting him to play well. With all four of us on the field and Frank coming out of the backfield and getting Lattimore healthy, it's going to be tough. It's going to be a potent offense, and we're looking to make a run this year."
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At some point Frank Gore is going to slow down, but we keep waiting for that time to come. In the meantime, he continues to defy Father Time. Gore will be 31 this season, but he's coming off another year with at least 1,200 total yards and eight touchdowns, which he's done the past three years and six times in nine seasons. The 49ers, and Gore, know his career is coming to an end, and this could be the season someone else takes on a bigger role in the San Francisco backfield, especially with the addition of rookie Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore (knee) expected to be healthy. We know the 49ers are going to continue to manage Gore's workload -- he only had six games with 20-plus carries in 2013 -- but he still gets the job done with double digits in Fantasy points in 10 games. We're nervous about Gore this season, and he's at best a low-end No. 2 running back or more likely a flex option in the majority of leagues. He should be drafted in Round 4 at the earliest but most likely Round 5, with Hyde as the likely handcuff. Hopefully Gore has one more season of quality production left.