Frank Gore: Watching Kenyan Drake, I see why they traded Jay Ajayi

AP

During the 2017 season the Dolphins traded their starting running back, Jay Ajayi, to the Eagles. That left Kenyan Drake as the starter in Miami.

This year the Dolphins signed Frank Gore to pair with Drake, and Gore says that after working with Drake in training camp, he understands why the Dolphins moved on from Ajayi last season.

“I was like, ‘Man, I kinda see why they traded Jay Ajayi,’” Gore said, via the Palm Beach Post. “He’s very talented. Jay Ajayi was a great back, too, but Kenyan is a very talented guy. He’s smart. He can do everything on the field. I think that me and him can really help this team be successful this year.”

The 35-year-old Gore thinks sharing a backfield with the 24-year-old Drake will be good for both of them.

“I love it,” Gore said. “That’s the way I train. I train with younger guys in the offseason just to be honest and keep myself sure, to let myself know if I’m ready and will I be ready. If I can go compete with the young guys during training in the offseason, I should be fine during football.”

The Dolphins struggled to move the ball last year, but they think they’ve found the right 1-2 punch at running back this year.

59 responses to “Frank Gore: Watching Kenyan Drake, I see why they traded Jay Ajayi

  1. Gore will be a huge help for Drake and the Fins. Ajayi was a me first player and will also soon show his true colors in Philly.
    Look forward to seeing if Gore still has it this season.

  2. He trains with younger guys pretty much all the time, not only in the offseason…

  3. Didn’t they trade Ajayi because he clashed with their trail-boss head coach who has accomplished nothing at the helm in Miami

  4. Jay’s Super Bowl ring would Ike to remind the Dolphins that he’s pretty happy in Philly!

  5. Not knocking Gore, he’s been a great back..a HOF back imo but..ANY RB that is satisfied “sharing” the ball is lying or I don’t want em’.

    Matter of fact I want my WRs to want the ball thrown to them every play too..

    Last but not least Frank Gore has been a great player and great off the field too. He should know name dropping is disrespectful, even if he tried to clean it up by saying Jay was a great back too. Jay Ajayi has been great in Philly and not selfish at all..plus he has a ring!!

  6. The Dolphins created a false narrative to support trading Ajayi while their offensive coordinator was making videos of himself snorting coke in his office. The Dolphins sucked and Ajayi helped the Eagles win a Superbowl so why say anything?

  7. Take note Fantasy Football drafters – Kenyan Drake is very talented and has improved. Only problem is that he and Gore will share the RB duties.

  8. i cant help but have a ton of admiration for frank gore. no matter where he plays.

  9. johnnybonestones says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:56 pm
    As an eagles fan I’m okay with the dolphins trading ajayi
    ++++++++++++++++
    Come back and post that same comment in two years please. Maybe Ajayi learned to keep his mouth shut from the trade. Maybe he didn’t but time will tell.

  10. 1phillyphan says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    Not knocking Gore, he’s been a great back..a HOF back imo but..ANY RB that is satisfied “sharing” the ball is lying or I don’t want em’.

    _______________

    He is 35 years old, and has played nearly 200 games, and carried the ball over 3200 times. He is probably getting wiser at his age, and understand for him to make through a whole season, he can’t be running the rock 25-30 times a game. That won’t do him OR the Phins good over the course of the season.

  11. bringbackkosar says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    Didn’t they trade Ajayi because he clashed with their trail-boss head coach who has accomplished nothing at the helm in Miami
    ++++++++++++
    Give it time in Philly and you will see. Don’t forget the Dolphins “trail-boss” won 11 games with Vance Joesph as their defensive coordinator in which lead the Dolphins to the worst defensive in Dolphins history. If that doesn’t scream impressive I don’t know what does.

  12. I think the Dolphins are going to surprise a lot of people this year. I get the feeling the team enjoys being under the radar. You don’t hear the players making predictions like Landry was famous for. They are keeping their mouths shut and will let their play do the talking.

  13. Considering the fact that we got Ajayi for a 4th round pick….on his rookie deal….with no longterm commitment…and he was integral in winning us a ring…we thank the Dolphins.

    I’d gladly trade a 4th round pick for a Pro Bowl caliber back thats under 25 with multiple 200 yard games on his resume.

    I know it stings Dolphins fans that he got a ring.

  14. I have so much respect for Frank Gore. All the dude does is keeps his mouth shut and pounds the ball. If Adrian Peterson would be like him he would be employed.

  15. Frank is the man. As soon as he hangs them up. His number will be retired. Followed by the ring of honor in Levi stadium. Shortly after Canton will add him to the with the rest of greats and deservedly so.

  16. Eagle fans should recuse themselves and spend the time convincing their buddies
    not to eat road apples nor tear down light poles

  17. Lol, look at the sensitive, butt hurt philly fans hating on gore.
    Win one championship and all of a sudden they think they are the patriots, niners, packers, or cowboys type dynasty.

  18. So all this smack talk against the Dolphins and the way they traded Ajayi. Not even a consideration that they looked out for him in the trade and sent him to a team with Super Bowl potential as payback for the good job he had done for the team. They didn’t take the Patriot route and trade him to Cleveland. That thought never crossed anyone’s mind. Guess not.

  19. Why do Dolphins fans think Eagles will regret Ajayi? They already won the Super Bowl.. and he might not even be on the team after this year.. they already won that trade

  20. If they liked Drake so much why did he have only 33 carries in 2016 and like 15 at the point that Ajayi got traded last year? It was nuts but at the time of the trade, Ajayi had right at 120 carries and his two main backups combined had 20. And to cap it all off, Gase went and fired the running backs coach at the end of the season presumably because things didn’t go smoothly enough after the only guy who had carried the ball all season was abruptly shipped away.

  21. I want to thank Miami for trading Ajayi to the Eagles as he was a cog in the success the Eagles had in winning the Super Bowl. Those who think Ajayi is a “me first” player either didn’t pay attention or just picked up on something the media said. The only time Ajayi was ever unhappy was when he got unhappy with himself. Unlike on the Dolphins where he was blamed for the poor play of the team.

  22. Ajayi wanted the ball more and the coaches felt that Drake was beginning to show promise and was a better fit for what they were trying to do offensively. The team wasn’t going to resign Ajayi. I’m happy that the Pigeons fans benefited from the trade. Ajayi is a great back, but fans will see this year that Drake is a damn good back in his own right.

  23. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:

    August 6, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Iggle fans are so sensitive !

    Why is that loser, because the reply to dumb comments like yours? #superbowlchamps
    Why do you keep commenting on eagles post looks like you are the sensitive one. #haterswillhate

  24. Eagle fans, don’t get it twisted, we loved Ajayi as part of our team.
    The J-Train was an awesome ride.

    But remember these points:
    In 12 games (9 regular/3 playoff) Ajayi has scored 1 TD. One.
    In the 3 playoff games he ran for 184 yards. Basically 61 yds per game.
    Only 5 100+ yd games In last 2 years, None with Philly.
    22 games with less than 80 yds. 6 games last year under 50 yds.

  25. And that hissy fit he threw when he couldn’t beat Arian Foster in training camp. Likable guy. Great when the team is winning. But throw some adversity in the mix and he becomes a tougher player to like. #Ajayi

  26. interesting how when Ajayi had two 200-yard games the Dolphins touted him as the best back in the NFL then they trade him for nothing since he can’t deal with bad coaching and claim he has 2 bad knees.
    The Dolphin propaganda machine at its finest.

  27. For all the Philly fans that are shouting “SB Champion Jay Ajayi”, yes you are correct and good for him and your team. It just didn’t work out in MIA and there too many times where Ajayi didn’t perform well for that game and he would sulk. With a breakout game, he was willing to talk to reporters and join in, but the days it didn’t happen, he complained he wasn’t getting the ball enough

  28. Ajayi had little to NOTHING to do with the Super Bowl win. He’s a diva malcontent that can’t catch, block or run more than 3 outside runs. Meh- good riddance.

  29. cookerduff123 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:32 pm
    Eagles won’t keep Ajayi past this next season. That trade worked out for all parties, probably slightly better for Philly.
    ————————————–
    Unless Miami can win a SB this year, that Lombardi trophy says it worked out waaaaayyyyy better for Philly.

  30. More stupid comments. We all know this is Jay’s last year in Philly. RB is not a position you invest a lot of resources on ,especially one with a bad knee. It was a shrewed move by Howie. Jay did help push Philadelphia over the top but in reality he is a FA next year. From what I see, I bet the Eagles save that cap space for Clement and Wentz.

  31. hanklin89 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 1:39 am

    I want to thank Miami for trading Ajayi to the Eagles as he was a cog in the success the Eagles had in winning the Super Bowl. Those who think Ajayi is a “me first” player either didn’t pay attention or just picked up on something the media said. The only time Ajayi was ever unhappy was when he got unhappy with himself. Unlike on the Dolphins where he was blamed for the poor play of the team.
    ===============================================================================
    For everybody saying Ajayi was a major contributor for the Eagles, he averaged less than 60 yards a game and started only once. Ajayi had only 1 TD and 2 fumbles. He had almost no bearing on the Eagles winning the championship.

  32. jjackwagon says:
    August 7, 2018 at 9:00 am

    cookerduff123 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:32 pm
    Eagles won’t keep Ajayi past this next season. That trade worked out for all parties, probably slightly better for Philly.
    ————————————–
    Unless Miami can win a SB this year, that Lombardi trophy says it worked out waaaaayyyyy better for Philly.
    ============================================================================================
    How so? Ajayi is a role player that had 1 TD total with the Eagles. Are you saying a non starting role player won the Super Bowl? The Eagles won on a defensive play, it had absolutely nothing to do with Ajayi.

  33. “Ajayi wanted the ball more and the coaches felt that Drake was beginning to show promise and was a better fit for what they were trying to do offensively. ”
    _________________

    Hard to imagine how he could have gotten the ball any more than he was given he was getting 90% of the carries at the time of the trade. Second on the team at that time was under 20 so they sure weren’t working Drake into a larger role pre-trade.

  34. Ajayi was traded for a reason. He has an attitude that the team didn’t like so they moved him. Who cares that he won a ring, just wait for the attitude to show up again if things don’t go his way.

  35. Not to sound obvious, but most of their success will depend on Tannehill’s successful return and an o-line gelling after Foerstergate. On paper I like the Drake-Gore duo and ought to be one of the better 1-2 tandems in the league.

  36. August 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    brobbins5287 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:54 am
    Not to sound obvious, but most of their success will depend on Tannehill’s successful return

    Huh?
    When was Turnoverhill ever successful to begin with?
    ************
    I really doubt you are a Dolphin fan. You have never posted a positive post about this team.

  37. For everybody saying Ajayi was a major contributor for the Eagles, he averaged less than 60 yards a game and started only once. Ajayi had only 1 TD and 2 fumbles. He had almost no bearing on the Eagles winning the championship.

    ——————————————————————————————————————————–

    Ajayi had 2 touchowns, no one. One of which was the difference between going 12-4 and 13-3. He also has a Super Bowl ring with his current team, something no current Dolphin has with their team. He also had the longest run for the Eagles last season. The Eagles run a 3 headed monster and Ajayi was perfectly content with that. Learn something about football, pay attention to detail and… STAY MAD lol!

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