A new media source for all San Diego Fleet transactions (@PRFleet) has broken news yet again on another Fleet roster move.
26-year-old offensive tackle Joe Gore has just signed with the San Diego Fleet on Thursday.
Gore played for the Clemson Tigers from 2012 through the 2015 season. In his first three seasons, he started three games while playing primarily as a backup.
In 2015, Gore became the full-time starter at right tackle, starting 13 of the 14 games he played that year. He was a part of an offensive line that only gave up 18 sacks in 2015. The group as a whole was lauded as a great unit, garnering multiple accolades as individuals. Gore received ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week during Clemson’s 2015 win over NC State, in which he played 80 snaps and had three knockdown blocks.
Gore was also named 3rd team All-ACC after the 2015 season, totaling 36 knockdowns and 891 snaps in his senior season. After the season was over, Gore went undrafted and was signed by the Washington Redskins of the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
The big lineman stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at around 300 pounds. He played right tackle during his senior season, and that’s where I see him when he joins the Fleet.
Clocked at 4.87 seconds for his 40 during Clemson’s 2015 pro day, he has decent foot speed. He also jumped decently and did 28 reps of 225 at the bench, showcasing much strength. While this was in 2015, it is safe to assume he is still a pretty good athlete for the position.
⚓️@AAFFleet TRANSACTION: The Fleet has signed OL Joe Gore on Thursday. The @ClemsonFB product was a key cog in a 2015 Tigers team that advanced to the 2016 Nat’l Championship. Gore (6-5, 305) was a 2015 Third-Team All-ACC pick as a senior 💪 #FleetTrainingCamp #GreatestShowOnSurf pic.twitter.com/zy5TLzKxRi
— SDFleetPR (@PrFleet) January 10, 2019
While at Clemson, he showed good technique and was rarely beaten. What he needs to work on is his understanding of offensive line concepts and his ability to adjust to the blitz. When he was beaten at Clemson, it was usually because of a busted assignment or not seeing a blitz coming. However, once he begins to understand how to react and read these different blitzes, Gore’s natural athleticism should allow him to adjust quickly. Overall, Gore is a good position blocker who just needs to learn how to react to blitzes quickly.
Adding athleticism is never a bad thing. While Joe Gore comes in five days behind the rest of the offensive line, his natural athleticism and ability to knock down his opponents should put him in the thick of the race for a roster spot.