RB Kenyan Drake - Arizona Cardinals
|6-1, 210||Born: 1-26-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2016|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Kenyan Drake's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs LAR (12 / 60 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Drake finished the season how his Arizona stint started - as the unquestioned starter in the backfield despite David Johnson and Chase Edmonds both healthy. Drake lost a fumble on a toss play and the first half was generally tough sledding outside of his speed around the corner on one rushing attempt. Drake flashed multiple big runs in the second half, however, including nice cuts on a 20+ yard foray. Drake was stuffed on an earlier goal line attempt, but converted later in the game for his lone score. Drake is a free agent entering the offseason but Arizona has mentioned they would like to bring him back in 2020.
2019 Week 16 vs SEA (24 / 166 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Drake hit a high note early in the road win over Seattle with a cut to the perimeter and showing his speed in the open field for an 80-yard touchdown run. Drake sustained the offense throughout with 27 touches and a wide variety of gains from quality cuts to speed to power running. Drake broke multiple tackles to run out the clock in the closing minutes and converted a goal line touchdown on another occasion. Drake has ceded none of his workload to David Johnson since Johnson has returned from injury to Arizona's backfield.
2019 Week 15 vs CLE (22 / 137 / 4 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Drake enjoyed a career day against the Browns with four rushing touchdowns. David Johnson sparsely played with Drake, once again, in the clear lead role of the backfield. Drake was impactful on the opening drive with three chunk gains and capped off the drive with a too-easy goal line touchdown to the perimeter. Drake regularly found holes to the second level or perimeter without having to break a tackle, including a chunk touchdown to ice the game in the mid-fourth quarter. The lone missing piece for Drake was the passing game as he saw just one target, a swing pass on the second play of the game as Arizona did not need much through the air in the home win.
2019 Week 14 vs PIT (11 / 37 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Drake was the clear starter against the Steelers, but was largely held in check both as a runner and receiver. This marked the fifth straight game Drake collected at least 10 rushes with two chunk runs accounting for most of his production on the ground. As a receiver, Drake added a screen for nearly 20 yards as his lone impact. David Johnson looked more spry than previous weeks as a potential hazard to Drake keeping a dominant market share of the backfield in future weeks.
2019 Week 13 vs LAR (13 / 31 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Drake was the clear starter against the Rams with David Johnson firmly the secondary option. The game script turned negative in a hurry in the blowout loss. Drake's two positive plays were a nice move on a screen pass for 15 yards and converting fourth-and-short with a power run. Drake was held in check and added a drop on his own accord.
2019 Week 11 vs SF (16 / 67 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 13 / 0 rec)
Drake was a workhorse in his role against the 49ers, seeing 22 touches and David Johnson barely playing and not seeing an offensive touch. Divergent from their matchup two weeks ago, Drake had tough sledding throughout the game with every rushing yard being challenged by the 49ers defense especially between the tackles with few clear opportunities to the second level by the offensive line. Drake did log multiple third-down conversion in shorter yardage situations as his most positive contributions on the ground. As a receiver, most of Drake's yardage came on a split-out screen with after-the-catch yardage.
2019 Week 10 vs TB (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 6 / 0 rec)
Drake had more than double the touches of David Johnson against Tampa Bay, who returned to the lineup. Arizona had a pass-centric approach in the high-scoring contest but Drake and Johnson also struggled to get anything going on the ground. Drake's best runs came on an end around for 10 yards and speed to the edge late in the game for more than 15 yards. Drake saw minimal space in the passing game, featuring three stuffed screens and dump-off passes of note. Week 11 squares off Drake against the 49ers, a team he torched two weeks ago for 162 total yards.
2019 Week 9 vs SF (15 / 110 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
With Arizona's backfield running on fumes with injuries to David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, Drake's debut with Arizona was as a feature back to the tune of 19 touches and more than 160 total yards. Drake enjoyed consistently good run blocking up the middle and Drake also ran over a defender for a goal line perimeter touchdown run. Drake churned out quality gains as a receiver for more than 15 yards on three occasions, but one was called back by penalty. Drake added a two-point conversion in his impressive game. The Buccaneers offer a stiff rushing defense test for Drake if he sees the bulk of the work again in Week 10.
2019 Week 7 vs BUF (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
This was his best chance at taking back over for the Dolphins and Fitzpatrick put forth a good effort this week. He threw the ball all over the field and completed passes to 7 different receivers. Fitzpatrick benefitted from the rushing attack amassing more than 100 total yards on the ground for the first time this week. For his lone touchdown pass, Fitzpatrick found DeVante Parker dragging across the field for a 12-yard touchdown. The play action was not very convincing, and Parker caught the flare pass just 2 yards down the field before turning it up and running the rest of the way in on his own. Things were looking up in the second half with the team having a lead and driving the length of the field. After a fake field goal gave Buffalo a 1st and goal from the 2-yard line there was an errant snap that cost Fitzpatrick 10 yards and almost a fumble lost and then he proceeded to throw an interception on the next play. Fitzpatrick tried force a ball in to Isaiah Ford at the pylon and the route was jumped and intercepted. Buffalo went on to drive the length of the field, score a touchdown, and the Dolphins never had the lead again. In a last-ditch effort to try and regain the lead, Fitzpatrick led one more touchdown drive and scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run. The ensuing onside kick was returned for a touchdown and any hopes at a comeback were dashed. Fitzpatrick looks to have earned another shot at starting next week but the starter has not been officially named against the Steelers.
2019 Week 6 vs WAS (10 / 40 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 30 / 0 rec)
This was the week for Drake to establish his value and prove that he is the future of this running back class, but he had a mixed bag of results. He had his best average running the ball this week with 4 yards per carry, but his longest rush went for just 9 yards and he saw a fair amount of work go to Mark Walton and Kalen Ballage. Drake was the most targeted receiver this week with Rosen failing to push the ball down the field and relying on his check downs for the majority of the game. Drake caught 6 of 9 passes and was even targeted on the 2-point conversion play to try and win the game. Drake's longest catch of the game was also 9 yards and he lacked any true explosive plays this week. The most concerning thing to come out of this game was that the goal to go from the 1 carries went to Ballage and not Drake. Ballage was given 2 chances from the 1-yard line while Drake was not even on the field. Drake had the most volume of any running back this week, but they do not seem to trust him around the goal line.
2019 Week 4 vs LAC (9 / 44 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
It is going to be difficult for Drake to get anything going this year with Miami constantly playing from behind. He had 12 combined touches this week for 73 yards, but that is not enough volume to get anything going. Drake had 9 carries to 6 for Mark Walton and 2 for Kalen Ballage. Miami ran the ball 18 times total for just 72 yards and no one sticks out as the head of the back field. Drake has the job in title only but looks to be challenged by Walton this week. He had a nice 10-yard burst for his longest rush of the day, but Miami was not willing to commit to the run even when the game was close. Drake chipped in 3 catches on 5 targets this week and continues to show he is the most versatile back in the backfield. He snuck out into the flat and ran down the sideline for 19 yards on a 3rd down play, but it was not enough. Drake put the ball on the ground again this week but was fortunate to not lose the fumble. With his problems of holding on to the ball and Miami playing from behind, Drake may lose even more of his carries to Walton and Ballage.
2019 Week 3 vs DAL (12 / 38 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
The struggles continue all over the field for Miami and the back field is no exception. Miami committed more to the run this week than any other since they were able to keep the game close and they were still unable to have more than 100 rushing yards as a team. Drake had 72 scrimmage yards this week and has been talked about as another trade candidate in the past week. Drake's longest rush was 8 yards and his longest catch was 19. The biggest concern came when Drake did not have a carry in a goal to go situation. Miami rushed Kalen Ballage 3 straight times from the 8-yard line and Drake did not get an opportunity around the goal line. He was given a rushing opportunity at the 7-yard line later in the half and rewarded the team with a fumble. It has been a comedy of errors for the Dolphins so far this season and Drake is most likely hoping that trade comes through.
2019 Week 2 vs NE (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 29 / 0 rec)
It was a slow start for the Patriots and the Dolphins should have had an entire first half to try and run the ball and establish an offense. Instead they could not get anything going and Drake had another bad day. Drake had less than 20 yards on the ground and averaged 3.2 yards per carry. He was targeted 6 times and came down with 5 of them for just under 30 yards. The Dolphins offensive line could not protect anyone, and Drake was used as a safety outlet underneath. It is going to be a long year for Drake with Miami playing from behind. There is still some value catching the ball out of the back field, but do not expect many rushing yards for Drake.
2019 Week 1 vs BAL (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
It was a bad day for the Miami rushing attack as the team totaled 12 carries for 21 yards total. Drake led all runners with 12 yards on the ground, and 9 of those yards came on a single play. He also chipped in 2 catches on 3 targets with a long of 10 yards. Drake did not look explosive and was often met in the back field by a Ravens defender before he even had a chance to find a hole. Drake does not have to worry about competition from another back as the next closest running back had -1 yards this week. This team is going to be playing from behind a lot this year and that is going to make it difficult for Drake to get anything going.
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