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This is hardly what George Kittle had in mind when he proclaimed the 49ers would embark on “The Legendary Revenge Tour of 2020” after losing the Super Bowl.
Then again, it will take a lot more than a proud and determined 37-year-old running back for the discombobulated Jets to prevent San Francisco from bouncing back from a stunning season-opening loss.
And, good luck finding many of those assets when perusing the Jets’ roster.
Gore will only get his shot this week because the Jets lost Le’Veon Bell, one of their few solid offensive weapons. Coach Adam Gase said a hamstring injury that knocked Bell out of their 27-17 loss to Buffalo Sunday could keep him out “a couple of weeks.”
Enter the guy former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke let walk away in favor of Carlos Hyde after the 2014 season, triggering Gore to later admit “I was bitter. I never wanted to leave.”
Six years later, improbably, he’s still in the league. But, now with his fourth different team in the past four years of a 16-year career, his tread wears thinner with each carry.
If nothing else, Gore brings quite a resume into Sunday’s game in New Jersey. He trails only Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 15,371 yards after tacking on 24 yards in Week 1 against Buffalo.