Drake rushed 11 times for 53 yards and a touchdown while catching all four of his targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 20-12 win over the Jets.
Drake opened the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run, and he topped out at 20 yards on his longest carry. Frank Gore once again cut into Drake's workload with 10 touches of his own, but Drake has been explosive enough to stay productive despite ceding about 40 percent of work to Gore through two weeks.
Drake rushed 14 times for 48 yards and caught three of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 27-20, Week 1 win over the Titans.
Drake ultimately finished with 17 touches to Frank Gore's nine, but Gore made the most of his looks with 61 yards on the ground. Gore stealing more than a third of rushing work will definitely annoy Drake's owners, but the third-year running back out of Alabama still seems destined for enough touches to make use of his big-play ability.
Drake and Frank Gore are listed as co-starters on the depth chart for Week 1 against Tennessee.
Drake still profiles as the centerpiece of Miami's offense, but this does serve as a useful reminder of coach Adam Gase's stated intention to give Gore a portion of the work. The biggest concern is the possibility of Gore poaching carries near the goal line, where Drake's speed/agility-based skill set arguably loses value relative to what the stocky 35-year-old offers. Given that Gore barely played during the preseason, Week 1 will provide the first real hint of what we can expect throughout the year.
Although there's been rumblings of Frank Gore and Drake sharing near equal billing in the backfield this coming season, Drake saw five touches to Gore's one Saturday. The 24-year-old was highly efficient with his opportunities, and given his camp and preseason performances, his overall outlook heading into the regular season is bright. It's likely that Drake doesn't see action again until Week 1 versus the Titans, when he's likely to share carries with Gore fairly evenly if current talk is to be believed.
Drake and Frank Gore both figure to have major roles in the Miami offense, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports.
Salguero even suggests that the Dolphins might start Gore, who is listed alongside Drake as a co-starter on the team's preseason depth chart. It's hard to imagine the 35-year-old getting more touches than a 24-year-old who finished last season with 594 scrimmage yards in his final five games, but there is real reason to be concerned about how the former could impact the latter's workload. Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore may provide a small hint about how snaps and touches will be divided during the regular season.
|4||9/30/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|8||10/25/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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