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Omar Kelly: Kenyan Drake Can Put Up Ajayi Numbers

Alex Donno
May 22, 2018 - 12:22 pm

In six games as the Miami Dolphins' starting running back in 2017, Kenyan Drake put up excellent numbers. The former Alabama Crimson Tide averaged 4.8 yards per carry and rushed for 3 touchdowns and 644 yards last season. 

Drake had big shoes to fill. He stepped in for Jay Ajayi after Miami traded him to Philadelphia mid-season. Ajayi cast a big shadow, but according to Omar Kelly of the Sout Florida Sun Sentinel, Drake can equal Ajayi's production. 

Kelly joined The Joe Rose Show on Tuesday morning to share his thoughts on how Drake will perform in 2018. 

“I’m expecting him to share the carries with Frank Gore," Kelly said of Drake. "He’ll probably average 16 or 17 touches per game. I expect him to be a dominant player. He showed you that he was a dominant player when he led the NFL in rushing over the final 5 games of the season. That’s not an easy thing to do, considering the Dolphins carry the ball the least in the NFL. I do think that Kenyan Drake can put up Jay Ajayi numbers, because I know he has that type of talent.”

The Dolphins backfield should offer three interesting dimensions with Drake as the third year starter, Gore as the savvy veteran, and rookie Kalen Ballage as the wildcard. 

You can listen to the full interview with Omar Kelly on the Joe Rose Show Podcast. Tune in weekdays from 6-10am on 560 WQAM.