Mailbag: Frank Gore's workload

Weekend mail call:

Jeff from Redmond, Oregon, wants to know if I think Frank Gore could get 200-plus carries this season.

Bill Williamson: Right now, I’d probably guess Gore would get about 220 carries. The 49ers are paying him $6.4 million, so they think he can still help, even though he is 31 and is entering the final year of his contract. Rookie Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore, if he can stay healthy, will take carries. But Gore is still Gore. He will have a role. Gore had 276 carries last season, which was the third-most in his nine-season career. He is a trusted resource for the 49ers. Don’t expect to see a dramatic carry decrease.

Jason from San Francisco wants to know if I think receiver Quinton Patton is in danger of not making the roster.

BW: I’d be shocked if Patton doesn’t make the roster. The 2013 fourth-round pick played well when healthy and the 49ers really like his energy. Yes, fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington is a player the 49ers are excited about, but not at the expense of Patton. There’s room for both youngsters now and in the future.

Derek from Oakland wants to know if I think special-teamer Blake Costanzo will make the roster.

BW: It’s going to be very difficult. Yes, Costanzo is a nice special-teams player, but the 49ers have so much competition, especially at linebacker. I just don’t know if the numbers work in his favor, especially considering the 49ers have several good special-teams players. Perhaps if special-teams star Kassim Osgood is a victim at receiver, Costanzo can slide onto the 53-man roster, but it might not be easy.