RB Kenyan Drake - Miami Dolphins
|6-1, 210||Born: 1-26-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs BUF (14 / 75 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Drake was running hot to begin this game, but the Dolphins went away from the running game the further they fell behind. He was ejected the game in the fourth quarter, but did have a reception to get the team into the red zone on their first touchdown drive of the day.
2017 Week 16 vs KC (13 / 57 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Kenyan Drake rushed 13 times for 57 yards, but was unable to reel in any of his three targets and was held without a reception on the day. Drake played well when given the ball, but he only saw 13 carries which was the entire workload for the Dolphins running backs despite the fact that Damien Williams was healthy. Drake's long carry of the day went for 18 yards where he broke through the right side of the line and was able to get into space. On one drive, Drake had plays of six yards, seven yards and then the 18 yard rush, but aside from that he was bottled up for much of the day. He also had carries of 12 and 11 yards that were both called back due to offensive penalties. With Jay Cutler throwing the ball 38 times, it was a big disappointment that Drake did not have any receptions on his three targets. He should have a much easier time against the Bills next weekend, and look for Drake to end the year on a big note.
2017 Week 15 vs BUF (16 / 78 / 1 rush, 11 / 6 / 35 / 0 rec)
Kenyan Drake rushed 16 times for 78 yards and a touchdown, while also catching six passes for 35 yards against the Bills. Drake was the lone bright spot for the Dolphins, continually churning out yardage and really keeping Miami in the game when the rest of the offense was stagnant. Drake's longest play of the game came on a 31 yard play where he was supposed to run off-tackle right, but he saw that his hole had closed up so he bounced the run outside and just outran the Buffalo linebackers. It was the type of play that only a few running backs in the league can make because it took not only the foresight and vision to see that the original hole had closed up, but also to have the speed to beat the rest of the defenders to the edge and break off 31 yards. If it weren't for Drake, the Dolphins offense would be in serious trouble, because his ability to generate big plays have set up nearly all of the Dolphins touchdowns since he's become the starter. With Damien Williams expected back in full health next week, it will be interesting to see whether Adam Gase gives Drake his just due, and allows him to be the unquestioned bell-cow back for the Dolphins final two games.
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.
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