The Dolphins took running back Kenyan Drake in the third round of this year’s draft in hopes that he’ll be an option behind Jay Ajayi in the backfield.
Those prospects would be dimmed by an injury that keeps Drake off the field when he should be making the transition to the professional ranks, which made it a bit of a concern that Drake had to leave a minicamp practice with a hamstring injury last week. It doesn’t look like that concern will linger into training camp, however.
Drake said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, that he is “feeling great” and will be ready to do everything when the Dolphins start camp next month. Drake also dealt with a variety of injuries at Alabama, including a broken ankle, but he played 13 games last season and says that he’s been there when his team needs him.
“You’re going to get hurt as a football player,” Drake said. “It’s about how fast you recover and get back on the field. It’s not about how many times you get injured. It’s about are you able to play in critical moments of the season when the team needs you to.”
If the Dolphins don’t sign a veteran, their depth chart at running back sets up well for Drake to be the No. 2 with a strong camp. Being healthy is a must for that to happen and Drake believes he’ll be all systems go come July.