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How do Dolphins resurrect RB Kenyan Drake and run game?

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Even though the Dolphins are off to a good 3 in 1 start, one of the areas of concern is the lack of any establish Run game. Particularly over the course of the last three weeks, Miami’s Kenyan Drake has seen his carries and productivity dwindle down to almost nothing.

This included a three carry three yard output in the 38 – 7 lost to New England last Sunday.

So what can be done to resurrect his game and the overall Miami run attack?

Dolphins boss Adam Gase was asked about that lacking aspect of his offense during his Thursday afternoon news conference, as Miami prepares to travel to Cincinnati to play the Bengals:

“They’re not getting enough touches-we need more plays,” Gase replied when asked about getting the run game going. Then, when asked specifically about Drake, “45 plays or whatever we’re averaging, It’s not enough. Threre’s about six other guys sitting there….they’re not getting enough touches. ….You convert some third downs, stay ahead of the sticks and those guys will see more touches.”

The Dolphins have seen slightly more productivity from veteran Frank Gore, but he was never going to be the long-term solution in every down back that Drake could become. Gore did have 11 carries for 41 yards in Sunday’s game, but some of that yardage came in the second half with the Fins already trailing big.

Will you wrote earlier in the offseason that all the right things were being said by Drake, the third year back out of Alabama, about sharing time and carries with Gore. And there is no doubt that Gore brings experience and a veteran presence to a room that has had little of it the last couple of seasons.

Drake’s carries in the four have shown the decline at 14, 11, 5, and then the three last week.

In fairness, Miami did use repeated big plays in their week three win over the Raiders and didn’t have sustained drives or a need to run it, much.

Still unless you have a quarterback like Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers that can overcome a non-existent run game, it will eventually catch up with you.

And the Dolphins have to start figuring it out now or you are waiting for Drake to start getting vocal about it.

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