Drake rushed 11 times for 43 yards and caught all five of his targets for 52 yards during Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills.
Drake split carries with rookie Kalen Ballage during the season finale, once again serving as a change-of-pace back in Miami's struggling offense. The third-year pro ends the 2018 season with 120 rushing attempts for 535 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to 53 receptions for 477 yards and five scores. Drake managed to lead the Dolphins' offense with nine total touchdowns, despite never exceeding 15 carries in a single game. Hesitation to utilize Drake in a workhorse role severely limited his production on the year, with a lack of pass-protection capabilities being continuously cited as the reason for his lack of every-down usage. Imminent offseason changes to Miami's coaching staff and player personnel could bring about a better situation for Drake come 2019, but until those changes are made his outlook will be difficult to discern.
Drake rushed six times for 23 yards and caught four of five targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Jaguars.
Drake has not seen a notable increase in touches despite the placement of Frank Gore (foot) on injured reserve. The third-year pro split carries with rookie Kalen Ballage, but neither runner was particularly effective during the Week 16 loss -- one in which Miami only managed 183 yards of total offense. Drake has not logged more than ten carries in a single game since Week 8, and his usage heading into a Week 17 tilt against the Bills will be difficult to predict.
Drake (shoulder) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
Limited to non-contact work at practice the past month, Drake no longer has any restrictions as the Dolphins prepare for a Week 16 home game against Jacksonville, per Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post. The third-year pro could take on a bit more work with Frank Gore (foot) on injured reserve, but it was rookie Kalen Ballage who served as the lead ballcarrier after Gore went down in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Vikings.
Coach Adam Gase confirmed that Drake's lingering shoulder injury had nothing to do with his lack of carries after Frank Gore (foot) was removed from Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Vikings, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
More work for Drake might seems like the obvious response to a Gore injury, but the Dolphins instead let rookie Kalen Ballage take 12 carries, which he parlayed into 123 yards (10.3 average) on the strength of a 75-yard touchdown scamper. Drake's snap share landed right in its usual range at 53 percent, yielding one carry for six yards and three catches for 28 yards. While Gore is expected to miss the rest of the season, Drake won't necessarily take on any more work Week 16 against Jacksonville, as Ballage also appears primed for a significant role.
Drake (shoulder) rushed once for six yards and caught all three of his targets for 28 more in Sunday's 41-17 loss to Minnesota.
The hero in last week's win over the Patriots was strangely quiet in this one, as the Dolphins opted to feature rookie running back Kalen Ballage after Frank Gore injured his ankle. Expect Miami to continue with the thunder-and-lightning backfield approach should Gore need to miss further time, with Ballage absorbing most of the early-down work and Drake operating as a receiver and in open space.
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