At first glance you may say, “Why is Frank Gore on this list?”
Look no further than Gore’s 2015 campaign that was “the toughest season of my career.”
The thirty-three-year-old runner ran hard all year, but fell just 33 yards short of reaching 1,000 yards for the fifth straight season. Gore also posted the worst rushing average (3.7 YPC) of his 11 year career.
Bear Goggles On
This lack of production is due in part to the revolving door at center, inconsistency of key players and the injuries to Andrew Luck.
The Colts immediately took action to protect Luck and open some holes for Gore. In the draft, they drafted four offensive linemen.
The return of Luck will also help Gore out. Without Luck, defenses focused mainly on Gore by stacking the box. With the threat of Luck through the air, Gore will see a lot more openings in 2016.
I project that Gore gets well over 1,000 yards.
My projection is between 1,100 and 1,300 yards with seven touchdowns.