Kenyan Drake: My ceiling is as high as I’ll take it

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Kenyan Drake did enough last season that the Cardinals wanted to keep him, using the one-year, $8.48 million transition tag on him.

The running back wants a long-term deal but knows “everything else will handle itself at an appropriate time” if he does what he expects to do this season.

“I tell people all the time I would play this game for free if the NFL didn’t pay me so handsomely,” Drake said on a conference call Tuesday, via Scott Bordow of

Drake, 26, rushed for 643 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 171 yards in eight games after arriving from Miami. Assuming he stays healthy, Drake will get more carries, and, he hopes, more yards and more touchdowns.

He has never had more than 170 carries in four NFL seasons, and that came last season, and never more than 92 in a single season in his college career at Alabama.

“I feel like the best ability is availability,” Drake said. “Since I’ve been in the league, I’ve been fairly healthy. . . . So I’m really trying to put my body in a situation where I can take the load or get X amount of carries or touches in general.

“I feel like my ceiling is as high as I’ll take it.”

2 responses to “Kenyan Drake: My ceiling is as high as I’ll take it

  1. Arizona’s backfield is loaded between RB Kenyan Drake, A fully healthy Chase Edmonds who averaged over 5+YPC before injuring his hamstring and then they drafted a beast of a RB in Eno Benjamin out of ASU who had a late 2nd to 3rd round draft grade coming out of school and doubles as an excellent receiver. In Drakes 1st year in AZs offense he AVG”d 5.4 YPC n was on pace for 1300YDs and 16TDs on pace for 56 receptions for 345YDs receiving. Now that Drake knows Kingsbury offense inside and out after studying it all off season the 6”1/215pd RB is primed to take off in a big way in year 2 especially with defenses having to account for KM in the run game. Rookie RB Eno Benjamin is going to take Edmonds carries I believe and will take on a big role himself, he is too talented not to and this offense is perfect for his skill set.

  2. Drake is an example where talent, opportunity, and system all come together… 2020 Top-5 RB!

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