Frank Gore is 29 years old, and he has 1,940 career touches.
He is still the 49ers' starter, but the time may have come for him to give up the lead back label. This is where Kendall Hunter could come into his own in the NFL, and he looks the part thus far (via Eric Branch of SFGate.com):
After earning training-camp raves from head coach Jim Harbaugh, Hunter's performance has carried into the preseason. In two games, he has 70 yards on 11 carries, flashing decisiveness, quickness and Herculean lower-body strength that belies his size.
"You can tell that from his first year to this year that he grew a lot," 49ers running backFrank Gore said. "It's his second year in the offense. He knows what he's doing now. He's not thinking. He's just playing football, and that's what he's good at."
He might still be stuck behind Gore on the depth chart with LaMichael James and Brandon Jacobs vying for playing time as well, but Hunter could be a difference-making waiver wire pickup on his own merit. If Gore goes down, there will be a frenzy to pick him up.
Get him before then.