Running back Kenyan Drake will not hit the open market. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the running back received the transition tag from the Arizona Cardinals. Drake started the 2019 season with the Miami Dolphins, but was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
Wow. The #AZCardinals have given RB Kenyan Drake the transition tag, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
Kenyan Drake Signs
Kenyan Drake is coming off something of a breakout season. At first it was pretty poor as he started with the struggling Dolphins, where he only got 174 yards and zero touchdowns in six games. However, after he was traded to the Cardinals, his output shot up. He had 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games, as well as 171 receiving yards. This included a four-touchdown game against the Cleveland Browns and an 80-yard touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks.
Drake played football for Alabama, but was primarily a backup during this time. Despite that – due in part probably also due to being a decent kick returner – he was drafted in the third round by the Dolphins in 2016. He spent the next three and a half seasons there.
Again, he was primarily a change of pace back with the Dolphins, but still got a good number of snaps due to also being a threat as a receiving back. This was most prevalent in 2018. That year he had 1,012 yards from scrimmage with only 535 of those yards being rushing. Also, five of his nine touchdowns that year were receiving ones.
He was also notable for being the touchdown scorer on the famous Miracle in Miami against the New England Patriots, when he caught a lateral from DeVante Parker and took it the remaining 52 yards to the house, avoiding a tackle attempt from Rob Gronkowski for the crazy touchdown.
In four years, Drake has accumulated 2,175 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He also has 1,107 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He also has 757 return yards and one touchdown, which happened in his rookie year.
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