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Frank Gore To Make Dolphins Debut Saturday

Alex Donno
August 23, 2018 - 11:09 am
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Frank Gore is expected to make his Miami Dolphins debut this Saturday, when the Phins host the Baltimore Ravens in their third preseason game. 

The former standout at Coral Gables High and the University of Miami has been chomping at the bit to get some preseason playing time. 

"He's been driving me insane," said Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, when discussing Gore's eagerness to play. At 35 years old with 13 seasons under his belt, Gase doesn't feel any urgency to give preseason reps to a player of Gore's experience, but Gore is "tired of standing on the sideline."

You have my permission to be excited for Frank Gore's Dolphins debut. You might try and temper this excitement by pointing out that in 'running back years,' Gore is a dinosaur. Most backs are washed up and finished by 30. And yet, Gore has averaged over 1,000 yards per season in his thirties.

He rushed for 961 yards just last year with the Colts. While he may not offer the pure speed he had a decade ago, he still possesses his vintage field vision and bursts of quickness. Gore's ability to see holes developing and exploit them instinctively is a skill that separates the good backs from the hall of famers. 

In other words, he can still be very productive. In fact, he might even be the starter over Kenyan Drake. Armando Salguero analyzed Miami's potential depth chart in the Miami Herald, and had this to say about the running back spot:

The Dolphins may start Frank Gore at running back and give Drake a lot of carries as the backup. Or vice versa. The point is both will play a lot and factor.

I'd expect Drake to be a bigger weapon in the passing game with Gore potentially used slightly more as a runner. Gore's experience and Drake's versality should create a dangerous backfield.

The other, perhaps bigger reason to be excited for Frank Gore is simple: He means a lot to the South Florida community. 

He was an unstoppable force at Coral Gables High School and a legend with the Miami Hurricanes. Gore grew up cheering for his hometown Dolphins and dreaming about someday putting on the Phins uniform. He's taken a long, productive road through San Francisco and Indianapolis, but he's finally home.  

How often, especially in recent years, do you get to watch a sure-fire hall of famer put on the Dolphins uniform? Cam Wake could (should) one day put on the gold jacket, and recently departed Ndamukong Suh certainly will. Perhaps the future will be bright enough that Laremy Tunsil and Minkah Fitzpatrick will earn HOF honors. All in all, it's a rarity and it's something every Dolphins fan should appreciate. 

Gore has dreamed about putting on the Dolphins uniform. I've dreamt of seeing him in it. Whether he plays two quarters or two snaps on Saturday, we can all enjoy a new chapter of his hall of fame career together. 

The Dolphins host the Baltimore Ravens this Saturday, August 25th, at 7:00pm. You can hear it on 560 WQAM.