Kenyan Drake Signs With Las Vegas Raiders

Kenyan Drake

Longtime NFL veteran Kenyan Drake signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Drake spent the 2020 season with the Arizona Cardinals and has also played for the Miami Dolphins.

Kenyan Drake Signs With Las Vegas Raiders

Kenyan Drake entered 2020 expected to the Cardinals lead running back heading into the season. Playing on the transition tag, inconsistency saw Drake assume a diminishing role as the year progressed. Nevertheless, Drake ran to the precipice of his first 1000 yard season, finishing with 955 on the year. The high watermark of Drake’s season was a 164 yard, two touchdown performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week Six. He also recorded 100 yards against the Buffalo Bills, his only other 100 yard rushing performance. Overall, the former Alabama product contributed ten touchdowns, but an underwhelming 4.0 average yards per carry lead to some cause for concern.

Drake’s emergence as as a potential starter in Arizona came after he arrived via trade from the Miami Dolphins. Although expected to just add depth at the position, he swiftly established himself as a contributor for the Cardinals. Starting quickly, he rushed for over 100 yards in his first game with Arizona against the San Francisco 49ers. He then capped off his first season in Arizona with a 166 yard, two touchdown performance against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16.

Prior to his move to the desert, Drake spent the first three and a half seasons with the Dolphins. A notable moment during his tenure occurred when Drake scored the winning touchdown in a game against the New England Patriots in 2018. This play came to be known as ‘The Miracle in Miami’. Drake played as the team’s starting running back throughout 2018, after injuries thrust him into the spot in 2017. Prior to starting, he had shared snaps with Damien Williams and Jay Ajayi. His rookie season in 2016 saw him feature in all 16 games after being taken in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Before his NFL career, Drake played college football for Alabama, where he sat behind future NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry.

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