Frank Gore is going to have to fend off Kenyan Drake all year long as both players vie for carries in the Miami Dolphins offense. But the savvy veteran isn’t letting some competition get in the way of admiring the talent he’s up against.
On Monday, Gore opened up about what he’s seen so far working with Drake, the former third-round pick out of Alabama.
“I was like, ‘Man, I kinda see why they traded Jay Ajayi,’” Gore said, per Jason Lieser of 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.”
Many were shocked when the Dolphins traded Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles last year. And the questions surrounding the move were amplified once Ajayi started to make waves for his new team, which of course went on to win Super Bowl LII.
However, it’s worth pointing out that Drake does have a special blend of skill and athleticism that has already made him a valuable asset to Miami’s offense. In two years, he’s tallied 1,108 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage, averaging 7.3 yards per touch and an impressive 5.2 yards per carry.
If he can continue to improve his craft and becomes a more integral part of the team’s offense going forward, then Drake will soon make everyone forget about the Ajayi trade.