Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore is planned to get the first-team carries in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts and LeSean McCoy is unlikely to play.
The Bills plan to then reverse that in next week's preseason game at the Carolina Panthers.
“What we’re going to do is give Frank most of the work this week and give LeSean most of the work the following week,” coach Sean McDermott said during an appearance on “One Bills Live." “We know LeSean a little bit. This is our first time around Frank.
“The other piece of it is making sure with two experienced running backs that we keep both guys fresh.”
McDermott has said he expects the Bills’ starters to play about a quarter.
Gore, 35, joined the Bills as a free agent and has said he isn’t the least bit fazed about holding his own against a crowded backfield that, besides McCoy and rookie Devin Singletary, the Bills' third-round draft pick, also includes Marcus Murphy and T.J. Yeldon.
"I don't worry about that," Gore said. "As long as I'm healthy and feeling good, I will compete with anybody. So I'm not tripping on that."
McDermott has raved about the maturity that he has seen from Singletary and the coaches – and Bills fans – are eager to see what he offers in his first pro game.
“From the young guys, you watch for maturity,” McDermott said. “You see some of that with Cody Ford and with Devin Singletary. When you see it, you go, ‘Wow.’ It’s really amazing to think about. This is professional sports. You hear people call it a grown man’s league.”
Expect a lot of combinations during the preseason, as McDermott has said throughout.
“We want to win the preseason games don’t get me wrong,” he said, “but it’s about being able to experiment.”