By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots still need to deal with Frank Gore twice a year.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday that the future Hall of Fame running back is staying in the AFC East on a one-year deal with the New York Jets. Gore will play for his third AFC East team in as many seasons after spending 2018 with the Dolphins and 2019 with the Bills.
Gore turns 37 years old on May 14. The 2020 season marks his 15th in the NFL, 10 of which were spent with the 49ers as Gore racked up the yards and touchdowns. He enters 2020 ranking third all-time in rushing yards with 15,347. Gore still needs 1,379 more yards to tie Walter Payton for second all-time.
The Jets still have Le’Veon Bell at running back. So if he sticks around, it’s unclear whether Gore will get enough snaps to get even half the yardage he needs to pass Payton.
Despite playing in the NFL for 600 years, Gore still gave the Patriots trouble when he faced them in Week 4 last season. Gore compiled 109 yards on 17 carries and did it in his usual wrecking-ball style. His day includes runs of 41 and 28 yards as he gashed the Patriots defense up the middle, exposing a problem they showed against similar rushing attacks at times in 2019.
Hopefully they’ve shored that up for 2020, because they’re still going to have to deal with Gore and backs like him. But when you factor in his longevity and production, there really aren’t many backs like Gore in NFL history. The guy refuses to quit punishing defenses.
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