Kenyan Drake

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #32
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #32
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Kenyan Drake News

Recovering well from ankle injury

Drake is bouncing back well from the broken ankle he suffered last year, Tashan Reed and Vic Tafurof The Athletic report.

Analysis: Drake appeared in 12 games with the Raiders last season prior to undergoing season-ending surgery on his broken right ankle. While it remains to be seen if he'll have any initial limitations in practice, barring any setbacks, the 28-year-old should be well past the injury ahead of Week 1. This coming season, Drake will reprise his complementary role in Las Vegas' backfield, a context that gives him a degree of PPR utility while working behind top early-down back Josh Jacobs. Also in the mix for running back touches are the versatile Brandon Bolden and 2022 fourth-rounder Zamir White. White's role out of the gate figures to hinge on his ability to improve as a receiver and display aptitude as a blocker, but for now we'd expect that Drake's experience and ability as a receiver should give him a place in the team's offense under new coach Josh McDaniels.

May 6, 2022 12:23 PM EST

Restructures contract

Drake (ankle) restructured his contract with the Raiders on Thursday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Drake compiled just 545 scrimmage yards across 12 appearances in his inaugural season in Las Vegas, and he's currently recovering from season-ending right ankle surgery. Agreeing to restructure his deal helps the Raiders free up cap space for some potential splashes in free agency, and keeps the the 28-year-old on track to operate as the No. 2 backfield option behind Josh Jacobs in new coach Josh McDaniels' scheme. Drake could have a shot at making it back on the field in time for spring OTAs.

Mar 10, 2022 6:50 AM EST

Officially placed on IR

Drake (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Analysis: Drake's placement on IR doesn't come as a surprise since interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said Monday that the running back will undergo season-ending surgery on his right ankle later this week. He'll likely have a chance to return in time for OTAs next spring, but the Raiders aren't expected to establish a return timetable until after his procedure. Jalen Richard (illness) and Peyton Barber are in line to serve as the primary backups to Josh Jacobs for the remainder of the season.

Dec 8, 2021 2:09 PM EST

Getting surgery on broken ankle

Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said Monday that Drake will undergo surgery on his right ankle in Birmingham, Ala. later this week, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: As expected, Drake will require a procedure to address the season-ending fractured right ankle he sustained in Sunday's 17-15 loss to Washington. The Raiders should have a clearer idea on a recovery timeline for Drake once surgery is completed, but he could have a shot at making it back for OTAs in the spring. He'll conclude his first season in Las Vegas with 545 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on 7.7 touches per game over his 12 appearances. Drake's absence leaves Jalen Richard and Peyton Barber as the lone depth options at running back behind starter Josh Jacobs, who could take on a slightly larger role as a ball carrier and pass catcher with Drake out of the picture.

Dec 6, 2021 1:31 PM EST

Diagnosed with broken ankle

Drake broke his ankle in Sunday's loss to Washington and will miss the rest of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Drake's leg was rolled up when he was tackled on his third touch of the day, and his injury will wind up costing him the rest of the campaign. With Drake unavailable the rest of the way, Jalen Richard will likely pick up his work on passing downs when he comes off the COVID-10 list, and Peyton Barber could also see more work when starter Josh Jacobs needs a breather.

Dec 5, 2021 7:55 PM EST

Exits Sunday's game

Drake injured his ankle during Sunday's game against Washington.

Analysis: With Drake ruled out for the remainder of the contest and Jalen Richard (reserve/COVID-19 list) unavailable, Peyton Barber is on hand to spell lead back Josh Jacobs. Prior to his injury, Drake logged one carry for no gain and caught one of his two targets for eight yards.

Dec 5, 2021 2:22 PM EST

Nine touches against Cowboys

Drake took seven carries for 25 yards and caught two passes on as many targets for five yards in the Raiders' Week 12 overtime win at Dallas.

Analysis: Drake has two or less receptions in each of his last three contests, but he still earned nine total touches on just 15 offensive snaps in the Thanksgiving Day victory. However, starter Josh Jacobs figures to remain the workhorse out of the backfield against Washington in Week 13.

Nov 30, 2021 2:33 AM EST

Little usage again Sunday

Drake carried the ball five times for 23 yards and caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 32-13 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: For the second straight game, Drake managed only a half-dozen touches and failed to do much with his limited opportunities. He also failed to catch multiple passes for the first time since Week 5, but game script wasn't in his favor Sunday as the Raiders' offense didn't see a lot of the ball and didn't fall behind by more than one score until the fourth quarter. Drake could see more action in a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Cowboys, but he remains a risky fantasy option.

Nov 21, 2021 7:50 PM EST

Targeted thrice in loss

Drake ran for 16 yards on four carries and caught two of three targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: The Raiders struggled to get much going on the ground before the Chiefs continued to extend their lead throughout the second half, which could've been a positive development for Drake and his pass-catching abilities out of the backfield. However, starter Josh Jacobs secured five targets of his own as Drake played less than one third of the team's 54 total offensive snaps. Both Jalen Richard (ribs) and Alec Ingold (knee) exited Sunday's contest with injuries, so Drake's role behind Jacobs may expand in a minuscule fashion against the Bengals in Week 11.

Nov 16, 2021 5:21 AM EST

Productive as pass catcher

Drake rushed for 30 yards on four carries and caught six of eight targets for 70 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Drake failed to find the end zone for the first time since Week 5, but he posted season highs in targets, receptions and receiving yards while playing over 40 percent of the Raiders' offensive snaps Sunday. Starter Josh Jacobs paced the team's rushing attack with 13 carries for 76 yards, though Drake proved more useful in the passing game. A similar script could materialize against the Chiefs in Week 10, as Drake looks to earn his fair share of targets if Las Vegas trails during the contest.

Nov 7, 2021 10:31 PM EST

Finds end zone in Week 7 win

Drake carried the ball 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown and caught all three of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 33-22 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Josh Jacobs got off to a good start and scored a rushing TD in the second quarter, but after he left with a chest injury, Drake saw his workload increase significantly -- he saw double-digit carries for the first time all year, and double-digit touches for the first time since Week 3. The former Dolphin and Cardinal has scored three TDs in the last two games as interim coach Rich Bisaccia appears to see more value in Drake than Jon Gruden did, but Jacobs will have extra time to heal up over the Raiders' Week 8 bye.

Oct 24, 2021 6:56 PM EST

Back into the picture

Drake ran for 34 yards and one touchdown on four carries against Denver on Sunday, adding two receptions for 39 yards and one touchdown on two targets.

Analysis: After almost completely disappearing from the Raiders offense the prior two games, producing just 13 yards on three carries and 28 snaps, Drake got back into the offense in a big way against the Broncos. Unfortunately for Drake's fantasy investors, six touches from scrimmage still grades as a meager workload, and the touchdown production isn't normally in play for Drake. Indeed, these were his first two touchdowns of the season. Drake's fantasy upside is further compromised by the fact that he didn't see his workload increase when starter Josh Jacobs missed time in prior weeks. His weekly floor is very low, and at least under Jon Gruden's watch Jacobs' absence did nothing to help that. Perhaps the interim regime will look to use Drake more than Gruden did, but Jacobs is clearly still the workhorse.

Oct 17, 2021 5:21 PM EST

Two touches in Week 5

Drake rushed for 11 yards on two carries and was unable to haul in his only target in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Bears. He also returned two kickoffs for 35 yards.

Analysis: Drake set a new season low of just 12 offensive snaps played, nearly mirroring the involvement of fellow backup running back Jalen Richard, who was recently activated from injured reserve after healing from a foot injury. Starter Josh Jacobs turned 19 touches into 67 total yards and a touchdown, lending few chances for Drake to gain much fantasy relevance.

Oct 11, 2021 8:04 AM EST

Uninvolved in MNF loss

Drake took his lone carry for two yards and he was not targeted in the passing game during Monday's 28-14 loss to the Chargers. He also returned three kickoffs for 68 yards.

Analysis: Drake's role in the Raiders' offense diminished with starter Josh Jacobs' return from an ankle injury, as the latter rushed 13 times for 40 yards and caught all five of his targets. Drake played a season-low 20 offensive snaps, which came as somewhat of a surprise given the Raiders trailed by multiple scores for much of the contest. Jacobs appears healthy ahead of a Week 5 matchup against the Bears, so Drake's usage could again be limited despite the $11 million contract he was dealt by Las Vegas this offseason.

Oct 5, 2021 8:09 AM EST

Plays second fiddle to Barber

Drake had eight carries for 24 yards and caught three of six targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 31-28 overtime win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Drake played 71 percent of the offensive snaps in the absence of Josh Jacobs (ankle) in Week 2, but it was Peyton Barber who dominated the backfield work against Miami on Sunday with 26 touches for 142 yards and a touchdown with Jacobs missing his second straight game. Drake and Barber split things pretty evenly during the first half with six and eight carries, respectively, but Drake had only four touches after halftime. It appears Drake's role as a pass-catching back won't change much week-to-week, regardless of whether or not Jacobs misses any more time.

Sep 27, 2021 2:43 PM EST

Likely to lead backfield again

Drake is expected to lead the Raiders' backfield Sunday against the Dolphins with teammate Josh Jacobs (ankle) listed as questionable, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Drake got the start and 71 percent snap share in a Week 2 win over Pittsburgh, taking seven carries for nine yards and five catches for 46 yards in Jacobs' absence. Meanwhile, Peyton Barber finished the afternoon with a team-high 13 carries for 32 yards, but with eight of those coming in the fourth quarter, including five on the final drive. While Drake is the reliable choice for snaps and touches, it is possible Barber remains a thorn in his side with a role that includes clock-killing work and potentially short-yardage.

Sep 24, 2021 4:02 PM EST

Abysmal on ground

Drake carried the ball seven times for nine yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Steelers. He added five receptions on six targets for 46 yards.

Analysis: Drake was out-carried by Peyton Barber 13-7. Neither mustered much with the work, as Drake was limited to 1.3 yards per carry with his longest rush going for five yards. He showed a bit more promise as a receiver, breaking off gains of 13, 11 and 10 yards in that role. Drake's role moving forward will largely be dependent on the health of Josh Jacobs (toe/ankle), who reportedly has a chance to return for the team's Week 3 matchup against Miami.

Sep 19, 2021 6:28 PM EST

In line for added work Sunday

With Josh Jacobs (toe/ankle) ruled out Sunday against the Steelers, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal believes that Drake figures to take the majority of the Raiders' backfield snaps in Week 2.

Analysis: That's a notion echoed by Levi Edwards of the Raiders' official site, though it's worth noting that coach Jon Gruden suggested that Peyton Barber is also in the team's plans this weekend. "It's an opportunity for Peyton Barber," Gruden noted. "We really like Barber. I like the way he runs and catches and picks up blitzes." With that in mind, look for Drake to maintain a key role in the team's passing game, while seeing added carries (after logging six in Week 1) Sunday, while Barber mixes in on early downs.

Sep 17, 2021 3:27 PM EST

Will top depth chart in Week 2

Drake could be in line for a larger role Sunday against the Steelers, as Paul Gutierrez of reports that Josh Jacobs (toe/ankle) has been ruled out.

Analysis: Drake should be more involved on the ground after getting only six carries to go with five catches in his Raiders debut. That being said, coach Jon Gruden hinted that third-stringer Peyton Barber could fill a substantial chunk of the early-down rushing void created by Jacobs' absence, per Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus. With Barber on hand to siphon off touches against a tough Steelers front, Drake isn't a lock-and-load starter at running back with Jacobs out, though he's certainly in the RB2 and flex discussion.

Sep 17, 2021 12:45 PM EST

Headed for prominent role

The Raiders might view Drake and Josh Jacobs similarly to coach Jon Gruden's Charlie Garner and Tyrone Wheatley backfields, according to

Analysis: The Raiders have invested a lot in Jacobs and paid up for Drake in free agency, so they likely intend to make both players productive in 2021. With Jacobs as the starter and bruising power runner between the two, Las Vegas will look to Drake to change up the pace and offer a leaner, more speedy look in the backfield when Jacobs needs a breather. Garner was a much better pass catcher and much better player generally than Drake is, but Drake could still hold a sizeable presence as the lightning element to Jacobs' thunder in 2021.

Aug 21, 2021 3:30 PM EST

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