|ADP:||Round: 2, Pick: 10|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 210 lb.|
|Born:||January 26, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 3 (73)|
General manager Steve Keim said the Cardinals want to sign Drake to a long-term contract.
Analysis: Drake signed a one-year transition tender for $8.4 million in late March, creating a July 15 deadline for any negotiations on a longer contract. The Cardinals also are talking with DeAndre Hopkins' agent, but Keim suggested the team is mostly focused on the upcoming draft and thus more likely to finalize extensions after the draft concludes April 25. The 26-year-old Drake is primed to head the Arizona backfield in 2020, with only Chase Edmonds and D.J. Foster behind him on the current depth chart. The Cardinals could be in the market for a running back in the middle or late rounds of the draft.
Drake signed his transition tag tender Saturday according to the Cardinals organization.
Analysis: This shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering the transition tag allowed for the Cardinals to match any sort of offer Drake might have received on the open market. The former Dolphins tailback will headline a new-look offense that now features explosive wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, and perhaps more importantly, will be absent David Johnson, who was sent to the Texans in the deal that netted the All-Pro wideout.
The Cardinals are placing a transition tag on Drake, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The transition tag doesn't involve any draft pick compensation but does allow the team to match any offer sheet. It's a strong indication the Cardinals intend to keep Drake, be it through their own negotiations or by matching a deal he signs with another team. Of course, there's always some chance -- however small -- that the running back gets a huge offer the Cardinals aren't willing to match.
Drake and the Cardinals have engaged in contract talks, with GM Steve Keim saying he hopes to re-sign the running back, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Keim also commented on David Johnson, whose $10.2 million base salary for 2020 is fully guaranteed. Specifically, Keim said Johnson won't be released this offseason, adding that the 28-year-old should still have a key role on offense even if he isn't the starter. There aren't many teams in the modern NFL giving large contracts to multiple running backs, but the Cardinals arguably could make it work while they have QB Kyler Murray on a rookie deal. Drake certainly made his case for a handsome payday, averaging 80.4 rushing yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry in eight appearances for the Cardinals. He was limited to a 6.1-yard average on 28 catches, but that's largely because his average depth of reception was 3.2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Johnson, on the other hand, had an average depth of 4.1 yards beyond the LOS on his 36 receptions, producing 10.3 YPR.
Drake ran for 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught three of four targets for 23 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: The 25-year-old back concluded his late-season scoring surge during Arizona's 2019 finale, accounting for his seventh TD since Week 15 while also reaching 5.0 yards per carry for a third straight game. Drake relegated former Cardinals workhorse David Johnson to a bit role over the latter half of 2019, amassing 18.9 offensive touches per game to Johnson's stunningly low total of 3.3 touches per appearance between Weeks 9 and 17. While Johnson's contract with the team extends through 2021, it seems extremely unlikely that the team would deploy him as the lead back next season given his disintegrating role over the past two months. Drake, meanwhile, will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Cardinals may very well look to secure his services long term as result of the back's prolific production during the late stages of an otherwise mediocre year for Arizona's offense.
Drake carried the ball 24 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns and caught three of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: The mid-season trade that brought Drake over from Miami in exchange for a conditional Day Three pick in the 2020 draft is looking like a steal for Arizona. The fourth-year running back has erupted for 303 rushing yards and six TDs over the last two games, grabbing a firm hold of the starting job over David Johnson in the process. Drake will look to finish the season on a high note, and increase his asking price in free agency, in Week 17's road clash with the Rams.
Drake rushed 22 times for 137 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Browns. He also caught his only target for nine yards.
Analysis: Drake dominated while earning his first win of this season. The tailback first took an option pitch from Kyler Murray five yards into the end zone, then converted one-yard plunges on his next two scores. His fourth TD came on an untouched, 17-yard scamper, capping the best performance of his four-year career. With Drake serving as Arizona's bell cow, David Johnson was once again limited to just three carries on the day, further solidifying the pecking order in the Cardinals' backfield ahead of Week 16's trip to play the Seahawks.
Drake ran for 37 yards on 11 carries and hauled in all three of his targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: The mid-season acquisition Drake continues to work ahead of long-time Cardinals workhorse David Johnson, as his 11 rush attempts in Week 14 outpaced Johnson and Chase Edmonds' combined total by seven. Johnson did have the enormous boost of a 24-yard receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Drake has still garnered a higher number of carries over each of the Cardinals' past three games -- not including Week 9 when Drake racked up 162 yards from scrimmage as Johnson sat with an ankle injury. Drake remains a starting consideration in deeper leagues given Arizona's upcoming Week 15 matchup against a Browns defense that has conceded 4.7 yards per carry on the season.
Drake carried the ball 13 times for 31 yards and caught two of five targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: The Cards were down 20-0 by halftime, forcing them to largely abandon the running game, but Drake wasn't able to make much impact as a receiver either. David Johnson worked his way back into the game plan in this one, getting six touches to Drake's 15, but he wasn't any more effective. Drake will face another tough test in Week 14 against a stingy Steelers defense that just held Nick Chubb under 80 scrimmage yards.
Drake carried the ball 16 times for 67 yards while catching six of seven targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 36-26 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Meanwhile, David Johnson failed to touch the ball at all in this game, as Christian Kirk got the only other carry for the Cards on a jet sweep. Drake has quickly established himself as Arizona's No. 1 RB since being liberated from Miami, totaling 283 scrimmage yards and a TD in three games for his new team, but it remains to be seen if he'll continue to dominate backfield touches coming out of the Cards' Week 12 bye.
Drake is expected to be the Cardinals' starting running back for Sunday's game at San Francisco, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: In his first game working with David Johnson last Sunday in Tampa Bay, Drake worked ahead of the long-time Cardinal and even got all the RB reps in the fourth quarter, finishing with 16 touches and 41 yards from scrimmage on a 64 percent offensive snap share. Meanwhile, Johnson had six, 10 and 43, respectively. On Friday, coach Kliff Kingsbury wouldn't commit to a starter between the pair and noted the backfield will be "by committee" Week 11, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com, with packages planned for both running backs. Drake seemingly will get the first shot against a tough 49ers defense, but he and Johnson are slated to have roles throughout the contest.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said he will utilize a backfield committee, with packages for both Drake and David Johnson in Sunday's game at San Francisco, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Drake led the way with 64 percent of snaps and 16 touches last week, while Johnson was limited to 43 percent and six touches, disappearing from the offense after a fourth-quarter fumble. A report earlier Friday suggested Drake was getting most of the work with the first-team offense during practice, but Kingsbury downplayed any notion of Johnson having his role further reduced. Drake steamrolled this same Niners team for 162 scrimmage yards just a couple weeks ago, albeit with both Johnson and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) inactive due to injuries. Johnson is no longer listed on the injury report, though he didn't exactly look spry last week. In any case, Drake is shaping up as the better Week 11 fantasy play, even if a starter-level workload isn't assured.
Drake worked with the first-team offense, ahead of David Johnson, during Friday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Drake had the advantage in snaps, touches and production during last week's 30-27 loss to Tampa Bay, though neither running back found much room to work with against one of the toughest run defenses in the league. Johnson did himself no favors with a lost fumble in the fourth quarter, but Drake was getting most of the work even before that happened. The former Dolphin is the favorite to lead Arizona's backfield this coming Sunday in San Francisco, albeit with Johnson likely mixing in to some extent. Meanwhile, Chase Edmonds (hamstring) is set to miss another game, potentially aiming to return after a Week 12 bye.
Drake could be traded before the deadline if the right offer presents itself, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Drake is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020, and it doesn't appear as if he and the team have been in talks regarding a potential contract extension. With the winless Dolphins clearly setting up for the 2020 season and beyond, it might be wise to deal the running back and accumulate another asset in the form of a draft pick. The team has already had trade conversations with other potential suitors, and Drake has expressed openness to being moved.
Drake ran for 40 yards on 10 carries and added 30 yards on six catches during Sunday's 17-16 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Following a late touchdown, the Dolphins and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick placed a lot of faith in the third-year back, targeting him for what would have been a game-winning two-point conversion. It wasn't to be and Drake remains scoreless on the season. In a season with few highlights, Drake has managed to total at least 70 yards in three consecutive games, but he actually ended up with fewer yards than backup Mark Walton Sunday. Both will be challenged by a stout Buffalo defense Sunday.
Drake carried nine times for 44 yards and caught three of five targets for an additional 29 yards during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Drake didn't break off many big gains on the ground, but he averaged 4.9 yards per carry against a solid Chargers defense. Unfortunately, his team got behind again before abandoning the run game, though that allowed him to contribute as a pass-catcher. Drake, who has totaled a respectable 145 scrimmage yards over the last two games, will go on bye next week before facing the Redskins on Oct. 13.
Drake carried 12 times for 38 yards and caught three of six targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Drake received 15 touches to Kalen Ballage's nine on the day, making a much greater impact both as a runner and a receiver against a tough Dallas defense. This was a notable improvement from the first two games, in which Drake totaled 75 scrimmage yards on 17 touches. Despite this effort, Drake seems unlikely to produce big numbers in next Sunday's home matchup against the Chargers.
Drake rushed six times for 19 yards and caught five of six targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 43-0 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Drake is probably Miami's most talented offensive player, but he's wasting away on an atrocious team that's been outscored 102-10 through two weeks. There are trade rumors swirling around Drake, and a move to another team would almost certainly be a boon to his fantasy value, as no Dolphins look like appealing options at the moment.
The Dolphins are trying to trade Drake away, Fox's Jay Glazer reported on their Sunday morning pregame show.
Analysis: There was some speculation in the preseason that Drake had fallen out of favor with the coaching staff given his placement on the depth chart. This seems to confirm that speculation.
Drake played 27 snaps on offense during Sunday's 59-10 loss to the Ravens while Kalen Ballage played only 20 snaps.
Analysis: Drake also led Miami's backfield in touches and yards despite officially being listed as the backup to Ballage. It's possible that game script played a role in the backfield split - Miami was down 42-10 at halftime - leading to the superior receiver, Drake, seeing increased usage. Ballage's lack of efficiency (minus-1 yards on five rushes and one catch for 13 yards) may have also prompted Drake to take over. In any case, Drake appears the favorite to lead the Dolphins' backfield in touches heading into Sunday's matchup against the potent Patriots offense.
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