One thing is for sure, the Dolphins have gone through several different running backs searching for a go to guy under coach Adam Gase. And even though it appears that he’s the guy, third year running back Kenyan Drake is the first one to remind everyone that there’s so far in Miami, there’s no such thing.
As the Fins began their second week OTAs, Drake met with the media on several subjects, including the additions of accomplished veteran Frank Gore and rookie Kallen Ballage:
Dolphins Live: Kenyan Drake meets with the media https://t.co/jMj4OJb6yX
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 29, 2018
About what has he learned in two years with Gase and the Miami top running back role? Be ready for anything:
“I’ve definitely learned you can’t take any week for granted. You know. It’s a one game season… waking up one morning and you realize they just traded the star running back (Jay Ajayi) and you’re going to get a lot more of the bulk of the carries,” Drake said. “…to the next person in front of you (Damien Williams last year) is now out for the season, so you’re definitely going to have a lot more of the bulk.”
Drake knows that Gore, who just turned 35, has been brought in to potentially be that guy at least early in the year. However, the former Alabama “jack of all trades” knows that he’s has the best chance to succeed over the long haul. This will be his third straight off season in Gase’s system and that gives him the upper hand.
And, as was referenced above, a year ago, Miami turned to Drake down the stretch. As we wrote then, Drake got off to a great start as a feature back in a game with the Broncos, but it didn’t necessarily bode for him to be the long term solution.
He did average 18 carries a game in the last five contests, but that was more out of necessity, especially when the other reserve, Williams, suffered a shoulder injury. Clearly, Miami was still searching.
And they also drafted Ballage, who’s resume’ out of Arizona State resembles Drake’s too.
In the end, it will be a training camp/preseason battle to see who sees the field first, who can stay healthy early, etc.
And Drake, has been right there in each of the last two years, waiting for that shot.
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