On a late October day, the Dolphins did the unthinkable, they traded their former 5th round pick and 3rd year player in running back Jay Ajayi.
Said Adam Gase after a terrible Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens 40-0- “We’ve got to stop trying to hit home runs all the time…It’s on the running back. Do your job. It’s not hard to do.”
While the media was worried about the right messages being sent to the Dolphins by Adam Gase and the front office’s move, both running backs Damien Williams (undrafted) and Kenyan Drake were tabbed to take the carries from Ajayi as he laughed all the way to the end zone in his debut versus the Broncos 51-23.
Surely the tandem of Drake and Williams wasn’t sensational versus the Raiders as Williams scored a touchdown receiving from quarterback Jay Cutler in the first half.
In the following game, on Monday Night Football versus the Carolina Panthers, Drake on 7 rushes was able gain 82 yards. However, the biggest impact play came on a 66 yard touchdown late in the game as the Dolphins had trouble moving the football in a 45-21 drubbing.
If it’s any consolation, Drake has had two big impact runs of 60 yards or more, and clearly he’s responding to the call and message sent by Adam Gase who is winning the battle of sending a feature back to Philadelphia as Drake has amassed 320 yards on only 65 carries-4.9 yards per carry, whereas Ajayi has rushed for only 465 yards on 138 carries at a 3.4 yards a carry.
Right now, Kenyan Drake is even being compared by Dolfans to dare I say it-Reggie Bush.
With a similar running style and explosiveness making defenders miss, Drake has that same type of impact, like Reggie Bush, where he can be deadly in space and has incredible acceleration to the end zone.
Not bad for being a number two back at Alabama behind Derrick Henry (Titans).
Not bad for the 73rd pick of the 2016 draft.
Drake is an up and coming back in Miami and in this offense, he’s swinging for the fences.