Drake registered 36 yards on 10 carries while securing all three of his targets for 15 receiving yards during Sunday's 18-7 loss to the Rams. Though Chris Streveler had his moments in relief of Kyler Murray (ankle) for roughly three-quarters of the contest, the upside of Arizona's offense was undoubtedly capped without a healthy Murray under center. Drake garnered 77 percent of the Cardinals' RB carries, but that fact doesn't carry as much weight given the pass-first game script Arizona was ushered into. The Cardinals never led in the second half, with the offense making just two trips into the red zone all day (one coming via a Jordan Hicks interception). Drake wraps up his first full season in Arizona with 955 rushing yards and 10 rushing scores over 239 attempts, along with 25 catches for 137 yards. The 26-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, while Chase Edmonds remains under contract with the Cardinals through 2021.
Drake carried 18 times for 45 yards and a touchdown while catching both his targets for five additional yards during Sunday's 20-12 loss to the 49ers. Drake carried the mail after Chase Edmonds (hip) left the game in the second quarter, but he averaged just 2.5 yards per carry and did little as a pass catcher as well. He salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a leaping one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, giving him a career-high 10 touchdowns for the season. Although he's scored six times in the last six games, Drake has averaged fewer than 3.0 yards per carry each of the last two and will look to improve from a yardage perspective in next Saturday's matchup with the Rams.
Drake carried 10 times for 26 yards and caught both his targets for an additional 14 yards during Sunday's 33-26 win over the Eagles. Drake managed just 2.6 yards per carry as his long gain went for just eight yards. He caught both passes thrown his way but didn't break off any big gains in that department either as he finished with just 40 scrimmage yards. Meanwhile, Chase Edmonds came through with 66 yards and a touchdown on 14 touches and split time with Drake on the most crucial drives in the second half. Drake had scored five touchdowns in the four games heading into this one and will look to bounce back next Saturday against the 49ers.
Drake will likely be in store for a heavier workload Sunday against the Eagles in the event Chase Edmonds (ankle) -- who is considered a game-day decision -- isn't available to play, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. When both Drake and Edmonds have been available this season, the Cardinals have favored a two-pronged approach to the backfield, with the former serving as the team's top ballcarrier and the latter representing the preferred pass-catching option. Edmonds' balky ankle may force the Cardinals to deviate from that plan, however, potentially opening the door for Drake to serve as a true bellcow for the first time all season. If that's the case, Drake should have a clear path to 20-plus touches, as the Cardinals' other depth options at the position -- Jonathan Ward, Eno Benjamin and practice-squad player D.J. Foster -- have combined to play just eight offensive snaps this season and don't appear to be serious threats to steal work. Those contemplating using Drake in DFS contests or in season-long leagues will want to keep an eye on Edmonds' status, which should gain clarity when Arizona releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.
Drake (hip) rushed 23 times for 80 yards and a touchdown while catching his lone target for 10 yards in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Giants. Drake was stuffed at the one-yard line on Arizona's opening drive, which ended with a turnover on downs after an incomplete pass on the ensuing play. He converted from the same distance against a significantly more tired Giants defense to put the Cardinals up 20-0 in the third quarter with his ninth rushing touchdown of the season and fifth in his last four games. Drake out-touched Chase Edmonds 24-11 in this one and should continue to lead Arizona's backfield in Week 15 against the Eagles.
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