RB Kenyan Drake - Miami Dolphins
|6-1, 210||Born: 1-26-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 3|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Wed Dec 13): Drake was unstoppable as a receiver and a runner on Monday night against New England. He is processing the field quickly and loading up terrific moves to elude tacklers in the backfield. His speed and quickness are overwhelming defenses and he is an RB1 going forward, hopefully even when Damien Williams returns.
Week 15: at Buffalo Bills
FBG says: Great matchup. The Dolphins surprisingly traded away Jay Ajayi prior to Week 9, and it all makes more sense with every passing week. Second-year man Kenyan Drake has been a sheer revelation, explosive and ultra-productive through six semi-starts and averaging 5.11 yards per carry. Drake has made a habit out of ripping off huge chunk runs: he's produced 5 runs of 26+ yards, with 2 of those coming against the often-smothering run defenses of the Panthers and Broncos. All in all, he's significantly more of a weapon than passing down specialist Damien Williams, a marginal talent with a career 3.59 per-carry average. In the ground game, Williams brings little to nothing to the table and should be solidly behind Drake whenever he returns from injury. Drake, on the other hand, looks like an instant rejuvenation that Adam Gase probably wants to build his offense around. Even behind a marginal offensive line, Drake will boast a RB1 ceiling every week; his explosiveness is absolutely worth rolling the dice on his floor. The Buffalo run defense appears to have given up. A dominant unit to open the year, they've now allowed 146+ ground yards to a stunning 5 of their last 6 opponents, including two stuck-in-the-mud running games in the Chiefs and Colts. The Bills have also allowed more rushing touchdowns (18) than anyone in football, thanks largely to some shaky short-yardage defense. With a depleted front seven and a secondary clearly designed to combat the downfield pass, it's hard to expect much bounce-back from this unit.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 14 vs NE (25 / 114 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
The Patriots simply did not have an answer for Drake on this night, both as a runner and a pass catcher. The Dolphins coaching staff knew that in order for them to beat the Patriots, they needed to get Drake into space where he could create big plays with his speed, and that is exactly what he did. Drake lined up as an outside receiver and in the slot, and even on the plays where he motioned to the outside and did not catch the ball, the Patriots secondary paid him so much attention that opened up lanes for Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker. Drake's biggest play of the night came on a 47 yard catch, where he lined up on the right side of the formation on the outside hash mark. Drake ran a straight go-route and had a step on his defender almost immediately, allowing Jay Cutler to hit him in stride for a big gain. Drake stumbled soon after catching the ball, or it would have most likely gone for a 65+ yard touchdown. Drake also had runs of 26 and 31 yards where he abused New England's defensive line. On both plays, Drake looked dead to rights, as he Patriots defenders were in the backfield almost simultaneously as he received the hand off. On the first play, Drake planted his outside foot and juked the defender before doing the same thing at the line of scrimmage and bursting into the secondary for a 26 yard gain. On the second play, Drake put a nasty spin move on a New England defender before bursting to the outside and gaining 31 yards down to the New England four yard line. There are only a handful of players in the league who could have avoided getting stopped for negative yards, let alone gain 57 yards combined on the two plays.
2017 Week 13 vs DEN (23 / 120 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Kenyan Drake rushed 23 times for 120 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three passes for 21 yards on five targets. With Damien Williams on the shelf, Drake took on the role of the Dolphins bell-cow back and exploded for 140 total scrimmage yards. His day was aided by a 42 yard touchdown run that was awesome to watch the first time, but even more impressive if you were able to watch the replay. Drake took the handoff out of the shotgun formation and was to Cutlers right. He ran to the left side of the formation, stutter stepped a Broncos defender out of his shoes as he cut back to the middle of the formation. He then hand checked a downed Broncos defender and kept his momentum going forward before once again putting a stutter-step cutback on a member of the Broncos secondary, before exploding past the rest of the Denver defense for a touchdown. Without that play, Drake was averaging 3.5 yards per carry. If he's given a large volume of touches, Drake is bound to break a big play, and he looked like an every down back in this contest. He ran well between the tackles, and he's explosive when he gets to the outside in space. Regardless of whether Damien Williams is able to play in week 14, Drake will see his opportunities increase, as he is the game-breaker they need to move the ball and put up points.
2017 Week 12 vs NE (9 / 20 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)
Kenyan Drake rushed nine times for 20 yards and caught three passes for 27 yard and a touchdown. Following Damien William's injury in the second half, Drake took over as the feature running back but could not break through the Patriots defensive line. Drake's longest run of the day was 13 yards, but his other eight carries went for only seven yards. That should give you a good idea of how big of a mismatch the Dolphins offensive line was against the Patriots defensive line. . Drake's touchdown was the only offensive score of the day for the Dolphins, and it came on a screen pass where Drake showed his good hands by making a catch where had to turn around and snag the ball. He then used his speed to get to the end zone but there were no Patriots defenders in sight and he was not touched the entire play. With Williams injury looking like he will be out for a while, Drake should see a large increase in his touches next week against the Broncos.
2017 Week 11 vs TB (7 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Drake was ineffective as a runner, with no lanes or room to operate on most of his carries. He did show good moves on a carry in the red zone. The running backs weren't used as much as receivers with Matt Moore, so Drake wasn't as involved in the passing game this week.
2017 Week 10 vs CAR (7 / 82 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Kenyon Drake played another fantastic game on Monday night, rushing seven times for 82 yards and a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 10 yards on two targets. Drake's biggest asset is his speed and he showed that off with a 66 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. Drake took the handoff on an off-tackle left and hit the hole decisively, cutting back once to the middle of the field and exploding through the line. He ran away from the linebackers and turned a Panther safety around with a quick juke where he barely slowed down. From there, he used his speed to outrun the rest of the Panthers secondary and was not touched the entire play. Drake is never going to be a bell-cow back, but in his first two games as the Dolphins starting running back, he's rushed 16 times for 151 yards (9.4 yards per carry) and played a big part in their ability to move the ball on offense. It is a shame that the Dolphins could not find a way to involve him when Jay Ajayi was still in town, as they would have made a potent combination. This is especially confusing when you factor in the Dolphins inconsistency in the passing game. Drake will have weeks where he is unable to break a big play, and those will be frustrating weeks for fantasy owners. With that said, his natural pass catching skills and big play ability will make him an important part of the Dolphins offense moving forward.
2017 Week 9 vs OAK (9 / 69 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 35 / 0 rec)
With Jay Ajayi as the lead back, Kenyon Drake wasn't afforded many opportunities to showcase the game breaking ability that made him a star in college. Considering Ajayi was their offense up until this week, the Dolphins coaching staff must have seen something in Drake and fellow running back Damien Williams, in order to let Ajayi go. We were able to see what the coaching staff saw this week against the Raiders. Drake rushed nine times for 69 yards, and caught six passes for 35 yards. While the Dolphins offensive line is not one of the better units in the NFL, Drake's ability to get to the outside makes it so they do not have to be. As long as they can give him a sliver of space, his speed will do the rest, and in contrast to Ajayi, the big play's come naturally and not at the expense of smaller gains. Seven of Drake's nine rushes went for at least four yards, which included a 42 yard gain that helped set up a Jarvis Landry touchdown. Drake is also a natural pass catcher, which kept the Raiders from stacking the box against him, like many teams did with Jay Ajayi. Drake may never be a 20 carry per game running back, but his versatility fits in well with what the Dolphins now want to do on offense.
Latest NewsDolphins | Kenyan Drake outstanding in MNF debut (Mon Dec 11, 11:58 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake rushed for 114 yards on 25 carries in the team's Week 14 victory Monday, Dec. 11, versus the New England Patriots. He also hauled in five of six targets for 79 receiving yards. link to story Dolphins | Kenyan Drake shines in lead role (Sun Dec 3, 10:10 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake rushed 20 times for 120 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 21 yards in a 35-9 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 13. Our View: Drake should remain the starter next week against New England. He was a strong runner between the tackles and appears to have married some of his considerable physical talent with football skills.
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