RB Kenyan Drake - Miami Dolphins
|6-1, 210||Born: 1-26-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2016|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 14): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.
General News (Thu Dec 13): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 12): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Tough matchup. Frank Gore is coming off a fantastic game against the Patriots that saw him rush 12 times for 92 yards, and catch one pass for 24 yards. This was Gore's second-highest rushing total of the season, and the only time in a game he's averaged seven yards per carry. Gore doesn't see enough volume to be a fantasy factor, but it is impressive that at his age, he's still averaging 4.7 yards per carry running behind an offensive line that has overachieved on its talent. Kenyan Drake has been battling a sprained AC joint in the shoulder which could have contributed to his light workload, as he saw only six attempts for 24 yards. He's the most explosive player on the Dolphins roster by far, yet Adam Gase has refused to give him the type of touches that would allow him to break big plays and turn a slow, plodding Dolphins offense into something much more modern. Drake made his case on the last play of the game, as he took a lateral from Parker (who had taken a lateral from Stills) 55 yards for the game-winning touchdown. It was the type of play that everyone and their mother know Drake is capable of, but it remains to be seen whether that play will have any lasting effect on how Gase uses him moving forward. The Minnesota Vikings defense ranks 13th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game at 108. Prior to last week's game against the Seahawks, the Vikings had ranked 5th in this category at 93.6 yards per game, but the Seahawks gashed them and racked up 214 rushing yards in the process. The Vikings defensive line has two run stopping studs in Sheldon Richardson and Linval Joseph and remain a top unit despite the hiccup last week, but continue to miss Eric Kendricks who is once again questionable at the linebacker position. This week they face off against a Miami offensive line that graded as out a bottom unit in the preseason but has played better than their talent suggests this season. Still, the Vikings defensive line has a clear advantage here, and without a consistent run game, the Dolphins are going to have a lot of difficulties moving the ball unless they can hit a big play against the weak linebacking group of the Vikings
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
2018 Week 14 vs NE (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 55 / 1 rec)
It was a very slow game for Drake, until the final play of the game. He had only rushed for 24 yards and had not caught a pass until that final miracle play. His longest rush was 11 yards and he saw only 6 carries to Goreís 12. Bolden even had a better game and surpassed his yardage with a single run. None of that mattered after the final play when he sprinted 55 yards to the end zone. Tannehill found Stills across the middle, he lateraled to Parker, who then pitched it to Drake. He went down the sideline before cutting back inside and then back to the corner where he outran the defender for the final score. The play was reviewed and upheld as the game winning touchdown with no time left on the clock. Drake was an afterthought this week until that final big play.
2018 Week 13 vs BUF (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
There was not a lot of success on the ground and Drake was no exception. He had 1 fewer carry than Gore, but 10 more yards. Drake had 4 targets to Gore's 1 and only 3 more yards. The important part was the 3-yard reception for a touchdown. He leaked out into the flat and took a Tannehill pass to the pylon for the score. Drake had the longest play of the game for the Dolphins with a 20-yard burst on the ground. He only managed 11 yards on his other 6 carries and suffered the same fate as Gore with being met at the line of scrimmage by a defender on almost every play. The Dolphins really struggled against a poor run defense this week and will need a much better showing next week against the Patriots.
2018 Week 12 vs IND (8 / 32 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)
The running back quandary continues in Miami. Frank Gore continues to get more carries, but Drake had more success again this week. He had a touchdown on the ground and through the air this week and led the team in targets. Drake kicked things off with a 33-yard touchdown reception on the first drive of the game. Tannehill got the Colts to jump and rather than take a shot down the field he swung the ball out to Drake. It looked to be a short gain, but Drake was able to follow his blocks and then weave through the defense for the score. The Colts showed poor tackling on the play, but Drake's vision proved too much as he evaded everyone for the score. His longest rush of the game was coincidently his second touchdown as well. He took the ball 14 yards up the middle of the defense just before the end of the 3rd quarter. He did not have the same success on the ground as Gore, but he played a bigger role over the course of the whole game. Drake is the back of the future and he has 2 juicy matchups against the Bills to close out the season and prove his worth for next year.
2018 Week 10 vs GB (8 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Another week goes by and another question mark out of the back field. After starting to take command of the back field, Drake has once again faded to Gore. Even with the score close enough to not abandon the run in the first half, the Dolphins were content giving the ball to Gore. Drake was out-carried 8 to 13 by Gore and even saw his edge in targets in the passing game decline. The Dolphins know that Drake is the future but do not seem willing to commit at the moment. They are on the verge of a lost season, despite the struggling play of the Patriots, and rather than see if Drake is their true back of the future, they continue to hand the ball to Gore. His longest play of the game was an 8-yard catch and his longest rush was 6 yards. Drake managed 3.3 yards per carry this week and continues to struggle with the time share created with Gore. At some point a commitment needs to be made to a back in Miami or they are going to continue to struggle to run the ball consistently.
2018 Week 9 vs NYJ (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
After more or less taking the reins in recent weeks, Drake was left in the dust by Gore this week. This was biggest inequity in regard to carries this season. Drake had 3 carries to 20 for Gore. Neither back was able to break free and Drake could not even surpass 10 yards on the ground. His longest run was 5 yards and then he was used sparingly, even with the Dolphins trying to run out the clock at the end of the game. He did have the 2nd most targets of anyone on the team and was second in receiving yards. All 4 of his catches came underneath and his long was 9 yards. This was not a very productive game for Drake this week, but the team came away with the win. This is an offense without an identity right now and Drake is suffering from that.
2018 Week 8 vs HOU (12 / 58 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 37 / 1 rec)
The run game was the only thing really working for the Dolphins this week and it all started with Drake. The touch distribution between Drake and Gore was 14-13 but Drake came away with both touchdowns for the Dolphins. He also averaged just under 5 yards per carry this week and was not skewed by a single long run. Drake's longest run of the game was also the longest run for the Dolphins. He took the ball off the right end for 12 yards and the touchdown. Drake bounced to the outside and ran straight to the pylon without being touched. The play only happened after an unnecessary roughness call nullified the previous field goal and gave the Dolphins a fresh set of downs. His second touchdown came on a trick play and it was a thing of beauty. It looked like the Dolphins were setting up a quick screen to the outside to Amendola, but Drake leaked out of the backfield and worked his way down the sideline. Amendola took a step back and launched the ball 28-yards across and down the field and hit Drake in stride for the touchdown. Had the safety not bit on the fake to the left, it would have been an easy interception as he floated the ball all the way across the field. After struggling early this season, Drake has put up back to back solid games and is separating himself from Gore.
2018 Week 7 vs DET (6 / 72 / 1 rush, 8 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
After the costly fumble last week, it was hard to imagine that Drake would be in the good graces of the coaching staff this week. That looked to be true as Frank Gore out rushed Drake 10 to 6. However, Drake ripped one of his six carries for 54 yards and a touchdown this week. He did not have any issues holding on to the ball and he was targeted a team high 8 times out of the back field. Drake burst through the line on his long run and was barely touched until he made it to the goal line. He only managed to snare 4 of his 8 targets and a lot of the work came because the Dolphins were playing from behind almost the entire game. Drake provided the big play for this week and is forcing the coaching staff to give him the ball more. With the short week, Drake should have the ability to bounce back more so than Gore and may be in line for a larger workload.
2018 Week 6 vs CHI (13 / 57 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
The workload between Drake and Gore was very close this week, and while the lines look totally different, it was mostly because of a single big run by Gore. The biggest things to note was the fumble by Drake on the 1-yard line in over time. He was trusted with the ball in a key situation after Gore had done all of the work to get them there and he gave it back to the Bears. This is something that cannot happen and may cut into his workload going forward. He did regain most of his passing down work and racked up 6 targets to Gore's 1. He did not do very much with the 4 catches he had, but it shows where the touch distribution is going. Drake's longest rush was 12 yards, and it seems like he did just enough this week to keep the workload close to a 50/50 split. However, if he puts the ball on the ground on the 1-yard line in overtime again, he may not have a job at all after that.
2018 Week 5 vs CIN (6 / 46 / 0 rush, 11 / 7 / 69 / 1 rec)
The game script should have given both Drake and Gore a chance to run the ball and run the clock. However, with the poor play of Tannehill that did not happen, and Drake only pulled half the carries that Gore did. This was especially surprising when it seemed like Drake was having more success running the ball. Half of his yards came on a single 25-yard rush, but his average was still just under 5 yards per carry without that play. Drake was given more opportunity in the passing game this week and had more targets than any receiver on the team. Drake caught 7 of his 11 targets and a touchdown. The scoring play came on a 22-yard corner route by Drake out of the back field. Tannehill saw that he would have a linebacker in coverage and knew it was a plus matchup. Drake did out-touch Gore by the end of the game, but the lack of rushing attempts is concerning. There is no clear split for carries in Miami right now despite all the reports saying Drake is the starter. He had a good game this week and that may be enough to have his number of touches trend in the right direction.
2018 Week 4 vs NE (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
With only 4 touches the entire game, it is easy to think that Drake got hurt or was benched for some reason. However, he just was not used as much as Frank Gore this week. With the Dolphins playing from behind early and getting down big against a superior opponent, they did not see the point in risking injury to their lead back. Gore did find some success with the added touches, but he does not figure to be the lead back going forward. If we see similar usage of Drake again next week it may be time for owners to panic, but right now this game just looks like it will be a blip on the radar.
2018 Week 3 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Despite being a close game and the potential to control the clock with the run game, the Dolphins were not interested in that. As a team they only ran the ball 14 times, with Drake only seeing 5 of those carries. By comparison, the Raiders ran the ball 32 times and their lead back carried the ball 19 times. As a whole, the Miami offense only ran 38 plays, 1 shy of the amount of times Derick Carr threw the ball. With all of that said, Drake could not find any room to run with his 5 carries. He had a single run that went for 3 yards and then 2 other carries that did not net a yard. He was also targeted in the passing game 4 times but only snagged 2 of those passes for just more than double his rushing yards. This is a game where you look at the stats and wonder how they won, especially since Drake did not seem to play any role at all in the final score.
2018 Week 2 vs NYJ (11 / 53 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
After struggling in week one, Drake showed why he is the lead back this week. He was the most effective runner and out touched every other back for Miami. Drake is still splitting carries with Gore almost 50/50 but will create more opportunity if he continues to have games like this. Drake managed 4.8 yards per carry and ripped off a 20-yard run right up the middle to help run out the clock at the end of the game. Drake also contributed in the passing game and reclaimed a lot of the third down work he lost in week one. The biggest contribution for Drake this week was his 6-yard touchdown run. He took the ball right up the middle and powered his way in for the score. This was the first touchdown of the game and helped set the tone for the rest of the day.
2018 Week 1 vs TEN (14 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
The Dolphins started out with Drake as the clear-cut lead back, but as the game wore on he seemed to lose steam and Frank Gore seemed to get going. Drake had 5 more carries than Gore and 13 fewer yards overall. He had one long run of 16-yards where he managed to break into the second level, but outside of that he was stopped at the line time and time again. Drake also did not contribute much to the receiving game either as his 3 receptions accounted for less than 20 yards. It was a very sloppy game for all parties involved and the weather really did not help things. Drake is still going to be the feature back going into next week, but if Gore continues to perform well, he may push the workload split closer to 50/50.
Latest NewsDolphins | Kenyan Drake limited to four touches (Sun Dec 16, 08:24 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake rushed just once for six yards in Week 15 against the Minnesota Vikings while registered three catches for 28 yards. link to story Dolphins | Kenyan Drake a full participant (Fri Dec 14, 02:06 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 15. Our View: Drake is a boom/bust RB2/Flex against a tough Vikings defense. Hopefully Adam Gase will use him more to build on the momentum of his all-timer walk-off touchdown last week.
link to story Dolphins | Miami's Week 15 injury report (Fri Dec 14, 01:19 PM) - Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (knee) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Week 15 versus the Minnesota Vikings. S T.J. McDonald (ankle) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 14, but is listed as questionable. WR Danny Amendola (knee), QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder, ankle) and OT Laremy Tunsil (knee) remained limited at practice Friday but no longer appear on the injury report. CB Cornell Armstrong (ankle), LS John Denney (finger), RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder), RB Frank Gore (non-injury), OT Ja'Wuan James (quad), FS Reshad Jones (shoulder), WR DeVante Parker (shoulder) and C Travis Swanson (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report. link to story Dolphins | Kenyan Drake limited Thursday (Thu Dec 13, 04:10 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 13. link to story Dolphins | Kenyan Drake does limited work (Wed Dec 12, 05:51 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12. link to story More News
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