Jun 9, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) goes through workout drills during minicamp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Has The Running Game Been Fixed?
To try and solve the running back dilemma, the Colts one again decided against going for a back in the draft (as most teams do when they need a running back), and once again went for a player from another team.
This time, the move seems to be heralded by everyone as they brought in 32 year-old former San Francisco 49er, Frank Gore. While the bruising running back has been great in his career, he is way past his prime and I don’t know of any running back at 32 who can carry the load.
Gore may come out of the gates fast, but leaving a power run game for a team that is finesse (despite their desire not to be) does not bode well for the player from the U.
Jun 9, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson (81) catches a pass during minicamp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Out With The Old, In With The Slightly Less Old…
Speaking of the U, Indy picked up another player that was running around Miami in the late 90’s, early 2000’s in former Houston Texans receiver, Andre Johnson. The team decided it was time to part ways with receiver Reggie Wayne (37) and go with the younger Johnson (33).
Again this move is praised as if the Colts will now be unstoppable, but all I see is a progress stopper who has had his best days already. A young cast like T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and their first overall pick and carbon copy of Hilton, Phillip Dorsett, who is also from the University of Miami like Johnson and Gore.
I believe all the young receivers offer more upside than Andre, and while he may have a good year, it may have been more prudent to let the youngsters find their way in the league.
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