Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Arizona Cardinals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Through the first six games of last season, Drake was once again an afterthought in a mess of a Miami backfield, and he never managed more than 44 rushing yards in a game while splitting carries with lesser talents like Kalen Ballage. Eventually dealt to a Cardinals team in need of warm bodies in the backfield, Drake gave his new team much more that it could have expected, erupting for 110 yards in his first game for Arizona and later capping the season with 363 yards and seven rushing TDs in the final three weeks. In coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense, Drake's speed and elusiveness were on full display, and in the process he established himself as a viable No. 1 back for the Cards. Good as his half-season debut was, however, it's possible his ceiling is even higher. He didn't get much of a chance to show his skills as more than dumpoff/screen receiver for his new coach, and the offense as a whole figures to take a huge step forward with DeAndre Hopkins joining the fray and second-year quarterback Kyler Murray expected to continue his development. With Chase Edmonds around as a capable backup, Drake may be capped at 250-300 touches, but if you combine his second-half rushing pace from 2019 with his 2018 receiving numbers, he'd be among the elite fantasy options at his position. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $8.48 million contract with the Cardinals in March of 2020.
Discussing long-term deal
RBArizona Cardinals
April 16, 2020
General manager Steve Keim said Wednesday that the Cardinals want to sign Drake to a long-term contract.
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Drake signed a one-year transition tender for $8.4 million in late March, creating a July 15 deadline for any negotiations on a longer contract. The Cardinals also are talking with DeAndre Hopkins' agent about a new deal, but Keim suggested the team is mostly focused on the upcoming draft and thus more likely to finalize extensions after the draft concludes April 25. The 26-year-old Drake is primed to head the Arizona backfield in 2020, with only Chase Edmonds and D.J. Foster behind him on the current depth chart. The Cardinals could be in the market for a running back in the middle or late rounds of the draft.
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How do Kenyan Drake's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
14.9%
 
Positive Run %
78.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
60.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.3
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
4.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
32.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-6.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.23
 
% Team Air Yards
-2.5%
 
% Team Targets
6.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
82.4%
 
Drop Rate
2.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kenyan Drake's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
211 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.45 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.04 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
10 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
31.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Expected to step into a starting role in 2018, Drake instead saw fewer carries than he had the year before, as since-fired coach Adam Gase stuck the third-year back into a timeshare with the ageless Frank Gore. To be fair to Gase, Gore actually posted the higher YPC of the two, and the coach did deploy Drake much more often as a receiver, but the end result was barely 1,000 scrimmage yards for the Alabama product. Drake's big-play ability is unquestioned, and he possesses elite elusiveness as well as the speed to escape defenders in the open field. Despite a frame that's a little narrower than the NFL ideal, he has yet to miss a game as a pro, likely due to the combination of his modest workload and the difficulty of laying a clean hit on him. With Gore in Buffalo and second-year back Kalen Ballage as his main competition, Drake once again has a chance to earn more work, but it remains to be seen whether new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea (who spent a decade under Bill Belichick as the receivers coach and is accustomed to backfield committees) will commit to giving Drake 200-plus touches. The fourth-year pro saw his cause take a knock when he suffered a foot injury in August, leaving Ballage -- at least temporarily -- as the top option in the Miami backfield.
Drafted in the third round out of Alabama in 2016, Drake made his biggest impact as a rookie in the return game and entered last season stuck firmly behind Jay Ajayi on the depth chart. Coach Adam Gase liked what he saw, and when Ajayi was sent packing at the trade deadline, Drake finally got his chance to shine. Miami tried to keep his workload in check, but by Week 13 he was handling 20-plus carries per game without issue. He had 851 scrimmage yards in nine games after Ajayi's departure, including 594 yards over his final five once he fully locked down the lead role. Drake offers world-class elusiveness as a runner, and his 4.45 speed can turn even a small crease into a big play - skills he needed while working behind a banged-up offensive line. The Dolphins upgraded their interior line by swapping out Mike Pouncey for Josh Sitton, but they also restocked the depth chart behind Drake, signing Frank Gore and drafting Kalen Ballage in the fourth round. Drake's injury history in college does give Miami reason for concern with his workload, but despite Gase stating he wants to get Gore involved, it's difficult to envision the 13-year veteran wrenching a large number of touches from Drake.
A third-round pick out of Alabama last season, Drake didn't get much of a chance to contribute on offense after Jay Ajayi established a lock on the starting job. Drake has the physical attributes to be a threat, however, and his premium speed and explosiveness were on full display in 2016 as a kick returner, where Drake averaged over 30 yards per return with one touchdown. The Dolphins didn't make any significant additions to their RB depth chart in the offseason, so he should head into this season as Ajayi's top backup, but that assignment may not provide Drake with many more snaps than he got as a rookie. Ajayi is also a capable receiver, so despite his ability to turn any touch into a touchdown, Drake may have to settle for being a mere change-of-pace option for now.
Drake was a big play waiting to happen at Alabama, be it as a change-of-pace runner, a pass catcher or a return man. We love The Drake. His 95-yard kick return touch-down against Clemson was a big part of the Tide securing another championship. But how much of a workload can Drake realistically handle? He's just 210 pounds despite having a 6-foot-1 frame, and he battled major injuries (broken leg, broken arm) the last two seasons. The Dolphins would like Drake to get up to speed as quickly as possible, though the team's addition of Arian Foster could suppress Drake's short-term upside. Meanwhile, Jay Ajayi is unproven as a feature back, and after that it's just Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead and Drake. A role awaits Drake, in any case, but he must re-prove his health after being slowed by hamstring issues this summer. How large said role might be hinges on how well the Foster experiment goes. Look for Drake to be a staple on kick returns (and perhaps punt returns) when the season begins, along with some spot work on offense. He was the third overall back taken in the draft (albeit in the third round), which tells you how Miami feels about him.
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Officially signs tender
RBArizona Cardinals
March 21, 2020
Drake signed his transition tag tender Saturday according to the Cardinals organization.
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Gets transition tag
RBArizona Cardinals
March 16, 2020
The Cardinals are placing a transition tag on Drake, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Negotiating with Arizona
RBArizona Cardinals
February 14, 2020
Drake and the Cardinals have engaged in contract talks, with GM Steve Keim saying he hopes to re-sign the running back, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Late-season TD surge continues
RBArizona Cardinals
December 29, 2019
Drake ran for 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught three of four targets for 23 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Rams.
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Romps again in win
RBArizona Cardinals
December 22, 2019
Drake carried the ball 24 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns and caught three of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks.
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