A lot of perception in South Florida, and frankly, around the country is the Dolphins are in for a long season. While counting on QB Ryan Tannehill to return to pre-injury form and success, there is a player that many believe is ready to break out.
That’s third year running back Kenyan Drake appears to be poised to have a solid if not spectacular statistical season.
Drake showed flashes on Saturday night against the Ravens of what he’s capable of doing. A 30 yard run against the Baltimore first team D, and then this play late in the first half:
— Chris Raybon (@ChrisRaybon) August 26, 2018
In what will be a key part of Adam Gase’s attack plans, Drake has repeatedly shown pass catching skills dating back to his days at Alabama. While splitting time with Jay Ajayi and Damien Williams last year, Drake still came up with 32 receptions and 7.5 average per catch.
He spoke to the media Monday and as Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald transcribed, made something very clear to fantasy football players:
“People hold their stock in individual players going out there and making an individual performance. And that’s fine and dandy. You need players to go out there and make plays, but I’m more about the team. When everybody asks me, ‘Oh, are you going to score a touchdown? Are you going to get 100 yards?’ or do this or do that, that’s all good and dandy when you’re making plays and the team is winning. If your team’s not winning, then it doesn’t really matter.”
Still, even though veteran Frank Gore is there, and eventually fourth round pick Kalen Ballage should see some playing time, too. Drake appears to be the main ball carrier and weapon out of the Dolphins backfield.
Drake averaged 10 touches per game in 2017. That should easily double for this season, and the chance for making plays like you saw above will also greatly increase.
Yes, there may be a lot of losing, but a lot of Kenyan Drake highlights.
Just don’t talk Drake about the specific yardages.
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