49ers RB Frank Gore's health was in question at the end of last season as his workload seemed to decrease. Gore carried just 29 times in the playoffs against New Orleans and the New York Giants.
Gore, who turned 29 last month, said there was no physical reason he saw a reduction in his rushing attempts late in the season.
With added depth in the 49ers' backfield, Gore might share carries more than ever this season. After all, the 49ers added veteran Brandon Jacobs and rookie LaMichael James to go along with reserve Kendall Hunter. But Gore said he is working this spring as if his role will not change.
"I feel I still can do everything pretty good: catch, run and block. I'm going to do what I've always been doing," Gore said. "As long as I'm healthy and in great shape and ready to play, I'm going to be the Frank Gore I've always been."
Gore can say what he wants, but actions speak louder than words and the 49ers made a concerted effort to upgrade the running game behind Gore. Jacobs could take over goal line duties and James is likely to cut into Gore's workload in the passing game. We currently have Gore ranked #20 among RBs in standard scoring formats.