What to know about newly-added Saints RB Derrick Gore

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The New Orleans Saints are aiming to boost their running back depth in 2022 with free agent acquisition Derrick Gore.

NOLA reportedly signed Gore after trying out three different running backs on Tuesday; they also released Jake Funk from the practice squad.

With Mark Ingram sidelined several weeks due to injury, Gore steps in as a potential RB2 behind Alvin Kamara. It's unclear whether Gore or Dwayne Washington will see more usage, though given Washington's familiarity in the offensive scheme he may have a slight advantage.

Saints bring on former Chiefs running back Derrick Gore as extra insurance

Gore, a formerly undrafted player in 2019, served on different teams' practice squads before getting his first taste of NFL action with the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2021, Gore rushed for 256 yards and caught eight passes for 105 yards in 11 games.

New Orleans have struggled to put together a consistent rushing attack so far this season partly due to Alvin Kamara's injuries and partly due to a regressing offensive line.

For now, Gore will battle against Washington for backup snaps, though the Saints could also elevate a practice squad player as they did by bringing up Jordan Howard last week.

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Time will tell if Gore can carve out a solid rotational role in the Saints' offense this season. He gets his first chance to do so against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10.