Kenyan Drake's Positive Impact is being Felt in Las Vegas

September 21, 2021

Kenyan Drake

As the Las Vegas Raiders sit at 2-0 heading into week three, it seems that the off-season addition of Drake is paying off in dividends. While he hasn't gotten as many carries as fellow running back John Jacobs, Drake has found success in a new role; wide receiver. In the first two games of the season, Drake averaged over 10 yards per catch and ran for a total of 105 yards. He has been a reliable target for Derrick Carr and seems to have transitioned seamlessly into this more reception-heavy role. Drake is already within 27 yards of his total yards on catches in the 2020 season. 

As of now, however, it seems that Drake will return to his traditional running back role for the Raiders upcoming game against the Dolphins. John Jacobs is currently day to day and very questionable for game three of the season after a hit sustained in their game against the Steelers. Drake, a more than reliable backup, will have a chance to get more than his normal number of carries against Miami and should find success against a team that does not have a reputation of shutting down their opponents run game. 

Going into game three, the Raiders should be confident in their running game. Drake is coming off of a season where he posted career high numbers, so having him in the backfield against Miami should make for a make for a solid rushing day. Las Vegas should be in good hands come Sunday if Jacobs is unable to play. Even if Jacobs is playing, Drake will continue his role as a reliable outlet for Derrick Carr. 

The Raiders will face off against the Miami Dolphins in Las Vegas on Sunday, the 26th at 4:00 PM ET. 

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