RB Kenyan Drake - Arizona Cardinals
|6-1, 210||Born: 1-26-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 3, pick 73 (2016)|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 15 vs MIN (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
With Gore going down early with an injury, you would think Drake would step in and take the reps. That was not the case this week as third string Kalen Ballage stepped in. Drake was only given a single carry (6 yards) and caught all 3 of his targets in the passing game. It has been a frustrating season for Drake. He has taken a back seat to Drake after being slated as the lead back coming into the year. Then he finally gets his chance with an injury and is leap frogged. Drake still appears to be the back of the future for Miami, but they have not committed to him in recent weeks. He scored the miracle touchdown last week and did not carry any of that over to this week.
2018 Week 16 vs JAX (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
The strength of the Jacksonville defense continues to be the rush defense, and that hurt any chance of Drake having a big game. He received only 6 carries and broke a single run for 9 yards as his longest play on the ground. The rushing attack only managed 18 total carries and 62 yards combined. It was not a great showing for a team that clearly missed Gore out of the back field. Drake had more carries than any other back and barely edged out his quarterback for total rushing yards. He also caught 4 of his 5 targets. He led the team in targets and receptions this week and trailed Amendola by only 9 yards for the lead through the air. 54 total yards is not a great game, but that is how it has gone for Drake. Even with Gore out due to injury, Drake has not fully taken over out of the back field. He has one more chance to show that he can be the lead back next week against Buffalo.
2018 Week 17 vs BUF (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
The Miami back field has been an enigma all season long. They have been unwilling to commit to Drake as their lead back, even with the injury to Gore. Drake had 1 fewer carry and 4 less yards than Ballage out of the backfield, but he did lead the team in receiving. Drake fell 5 yards shy of 100 total yards this week, but it had more to do with game flow than anything else. The Dolphins dug themselves a hole and then ineffective quarterback play doomed the second half after they pulled back to even. There seem to be some questions as to what direction this offense is going to go next year. Drake had long figured to be in their plans going forward, but that is not how they have used him this season. He took a back seat to Gore early in the year and now Ballage seems to have surpassed him in ball carrying duties. Drake's longest rush was 9 yards off the edge and he had the longest play of the game for Miami with a 19-yard catch and run play down the sideline. It was not the season the Dolphins envisioned after the first few weeks and they are going to have to take a hard look at every position group in the offseason.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2016 Week 2 vs NE (2 / 12 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Kenyan Drake gives the Dolphins offense something it lacks in all of its other backfield options, game breaking speed that will go a long way in relieving the weight put upon Ryan Tannehill's shoulders. In his first action as a pro Drake played well, but most importantly he did something fellow running back Ajayi was incapable of, he scored when given the opportunity in the red zone. In his only snap inside the ten yard line, Drake took a handoff on the right side of the field and showed great quickness in getting to the edge. He took advantage of solid blocking and was decisive in hitting the hole, but also showed good toughness in pushing two Patriot defenders over the goal line. Depending on the severity of Foster's hamstring injury, Drake will see his snaps increased with each passing week.
2016 Week 3 vs CLE (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Drake ran well on Sunday, upstaging fellow running back Jay Ajayi, for the second straight game. He gained a touch over four yards per carry, and caught both of his targets for eleven yards. Ajayi was expected to get the start, but it was Drake who was in on the first play of the game, where he was stopped for no gain on a rush off the left edge. Drake was drafted for his big play ability, and despite being efficient, he has yet to show off his game breaking ability in a regular season game. Drake's best drive came in the 2nd quarter, when he was given three straight rushes, for which he produced three, eight and eleven yards on consecutive carries.
2016 Week 4 vs CIN (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was quite disappointing to see Drake once again lost in the shuffle of the Miami backfield, as he is the only of the group who possesses any type of game breaking ability. His number was only called twice, which resulted in two carries for 15 yards. It does not bode well for his stock moving forward that even with Arian Foster out with a hamstring injury, he is receiving only two carries, and no targets in the pass game on a night when Miami was playing from behind.
2016 Week 5 vs TEN (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Drake was once again a non-factor in Miami's loss to Tennessee, as he only saw two carries (for four yards) and two targets, both of which he converted for 16 yards. Drake was drafted to add an explosive element to the Miami backfield, but he has yet to receive enough volume for that to happen. On Sunday, it was running back Damien Williams who made the big play for the Dolphins, and now it seems that Williams is the preferred back of the two.