New Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore is ready to begin his 11th season armed with a completely different cast of players. Already impressing quarterback Andrew Luck with his pass-catching skills and quick knowledge of the team’s playbook, Luck boasted about the veteran running back:
How smart a player is Frank Gore? Luck: "He’s picked up on a bunch of stuff that guys who have been here three years haven’t picked up."
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) June 9, 2015
Luck’s compliment of Gore is awesome. However, he dealt out quite the backhanded insult to those who he tamed up with in the past.
Gore, who is excited to embrace the next chapter in his NFL career, recently spoke about the upcoming season:
“With these weapons and Luck, I think it should be a light box,” Gore told reporters Tuesday, via NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington. “I’ve never seen a six-man front. Hopefully, this year it happens. And hopefully, I can take advantage of it.”
If the 32-year-old running back can remain healthy throughout the season, he’ll provide the Colts with one of the toughest rushing attacks in the NFL. He will also likely put up a 1,000-yard season—something Luck has seen just once in his first three years in the NFL.
As for Gore’s quick understanding of the playbook, tight end Coby Fleener indicated that it took him over a “year and a half” to memorize the offense. Considering Gore went through a plethora of offensive coordinators early in his career, that has to give him somewhat of an upper-hand here. It also means that he’s likely going to hit the ground running when Week 1 comes calling.
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