Drake rushed 13 times for 57 yards while catching four of six targets for 21 yards and losing a fumble in Sunday's 31-28 overtime win over the Bears. Nobody will be more relieved than Drake that Miami pulled this one out, as his fumble occurred at Chicago's 1-yard line in overtime. As usual, he split work with Frank Gore, who rushed for 101 yards on 15 carries. The two running backs should continue to platoon against the vulnerable Lions run defense in Week 7.
Drake may continue to see most of his involvement in the Miami offense as a pass catcher while Frank Gore handles more of the rushing duties, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. "Frank does a really good job of, 'We're second-and-five, third-and-two.' Or it's we're first down, second down, first down," coach Adam Gase said Thursday. "Kenyan is coming along in that area, it's just that he does give you that element of first-and-10, you get a 60-yard touchdown, where it's a game-changing play." As Gase's comments imply, the Dolphins view Drake as the more dynamic of the two backs, but his tendency to bounce outside of his assigned running lane in pursuit of a big play can often result in negative or reduced yardage. Gore, meanwhile, lacks explosion, but has been valued by the Dolphins for his ability to hit assigned holes and deliver positive yardage chunks. Because Gore's play-making upside is limited, Drake will still get his fair share of opportunities, though it appears those will mostly come in space as a receiver rather than as a runner. While it doesn't appear Drake will be the three-down workhorse fantasy owners might have envisioned when they drafted him, his secondary rushing/lead pass-catching role proved useful in the Week 5 loss to the Bengals. In that contest, Drake parlayed 13 touches (six carries, seven receptions on 11 targets) into 115 yards -- by far his best total of the season -- and a touchdown.
Drake rushed six times for 46 yards and caught seven of 11 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals. Drake opened the scoring halfway through the second quarter with a 22-yard touchdown catch and was Miami's most productive receiving option across the board. The 24-year-old running back also looked explosive on the ground, but he got just six rushing attempts to Frank Gore's 13. Expect Gore to cut into Drake's production significantly once again when Miami hosts the Bears in Week 6.
Drake played fewer snaps than Frank Gore in Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Patriots, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports. Drake was limited to four touches for 16 yards on a 46 percent snap share, while Gore picked up 57 yards and a score from 13 touches on a 51 percent share. This didn't appear to represent a changing of roles, but rather an unfortunate result of the Dolphins getting blown out. Gore did most of his damage on Miami's final drive after Brock Osweiler replaced Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. Regardless, Drake's level of involvement has been a persistent issue, with the third-year back now averaging just 8.3 carries and 2.5 catches per game. The Dolphins will head to Cincinnati in Week 5 to face a struggling Bengals defense.
Drake carried five times for three yards and caught two passes for an additional seven yards during Sunday's 28-20 win over the Raiders. Drake managed a long gain of just three yards and was held to a net of zero yards on his other four totes, finishing with one less carry than Frank Gore. He was utilized more in the passing game and finished second on the team in targets, but he was hardly a factor in that regard either. It was a disappointing effort for Drake, who seemed poised for a productive game against what's been a poor Oakland run defense. He's now seen his usage diminish each week of the young season and will hope for more touches next Sunday against the Patriots.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/04||New York Jets||17||16.33|
|10||11/11||@Green Bay Packers||13||15.67|
|14||12/09||New England Patriots||18||16.67|
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|3 Year Avg||83||412||2||20||142||0||65|