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Examining the emergence of Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake

Kenyan Drake has recently erupted on the ground and as a pass-catcher for the Miami Dolphins in the club's impressive back-to-back victories.

Against the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, the second-year pro carried the ball 48 times for 234 yards (4.87 yards per rush) with one score. He's forced a whopping 10 tackles carrying the football and averaged a hefty 4.75 yards after contact per rush, the second-highest figure over the past two weeks among 47 qualifying running backs.

As a receiver, Drake caught eight passes for 100 yards in Weeks 13 and 14 combined, including a five-reception, 79-yard performance in Miami's win over New England. In his last six games, the former Alabama standout has four games with three or more catches.

At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds with 4.45 speed, Drake clearly has explosive ability.

With Jay Ajayi in Philadelphia and backfield mate Damien Williams injured, Drake has taken a firm grasp on Miami's feature back spot.

In Week 16's game against the Bills last year, Drake scored on a 45-yard touchdown run and finished the afternoon with four carries for 56 yards.

The Bills will have to piece together a sound performance in the run-stopping and coverage departments to limit Drake's production on Sunday.

(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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