The Dolphins have named Brian Flores their HC. Like Zac Taylor in Cincinnati, this deal has been done for a while. Flores has been with New England since 2004, working his way up from scout to special teams assistant to safeties and LBs coach. Although never officially named defensive coordinator, Flores called plays on that side of the ball this past season. We'll see who Flores tabs to run the offense.
Dolphins RB Frank Gore is expected to miss the final 2 games of the season with his sprained foot, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. They'll be Gore's 1st missed games since 2010. With Gore sidelined for most of yesterday's loss to the Vikings, Kenyan Drake out-snapped Kalen Ballage 28 to 26. But Ballage carried 12 times and saw 1 target, while Drake finished with 1 carry and 3 targets. This will be a backfield to try to avoid in Week 16 against the Jaguars.
Dolphins HC Adam Gase said he'd ideally like to get RB Kenyan Drake "anywhere from 15-20 carries and 6-8 targets" per game. Even the low end of those ranges would put Drake around 300 total touches. The actual numbers are less important than the fact that it sounds like Gase is ready to make Drake the clear lead back. ESPN's Cameron Wolfe expects RB Frank Gore to mix in in short-yardage and goal-line situations. That'd ding Drake's TD upside. But 15-20 touches per game would give him a shot at RB1 production. He's looked excellent this preseason, averaging 6.8 yards per carry and 9.4 yards per catch.
The Dolphins released their 1st "unofficial" depth chart Sunday, which included listing Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake as co-starters at HB. It's not a surprising move but indicates how important Miami coaches want the veteran back to be. We're still betting on Drake leading the workload and backfield receiving, but it'll be interesting to see exactly how the Dolphins split touches between them.
The Dolphins added Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ballage certainly looks the part. He goes 6’2, 228 pounds with 4.4 speed and an 85th percentile SPARQ score. But neither the tape nor the production match that scintillating size-athleticism combination. Ballage struggles to make defenders miss and mustered just 4.4 yards per carry over his 4-year college career. He never even led his Arizona State backfield in carries. On the plus side, Ballage has flashed plus pass-catching ability, registering a 44-469-1 receiving line back in 2016. He’s a boom/bust prospect. Ballage joins Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore in Miami’s backfield.
Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen confirmed on Thursday that it'll be a committee backfield with Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams going forward. We're guessing that Drake will get the 1st crack at lead ball-carrying duties after Miami spent a 3rd-round pick on him last year. But Williams will be involved, especially in the passing game. Neither guy is more than a RB3 or flex in Week 9 fantasy lineups.
Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake cleared the league concussion protocol Tuesday, his 2nd straight day back on the practice field. We'll watch for any setbacks, but Drake's fine to continue treating as you have been in fantasy football drafts.
Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is in the concussion protocol. He took a shot while running a pass pattern in practice on Monday. Prior to the injury, Drake was competing with Damien Williams for Miami’s #2 role.
Dolphins RB Arian Foster announced his retirement in a written statement on Monday. "There comes a time in every athlete's career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page," Foster wrote. "I've reached that point ... I know it's not commonplace to do it midseason, but my body just can't take the punishment this game asks for any longer." Foster dealt with numerous injuries throughout his 8-year career, including a torn meniscus and a torn Achilles. He mustered just 2.6 yards per carry over between 2015 and 2016. RB Jay Ajayi, riding back-to-back 200-yard games, is locked in as Miami's feature back going forward. He'll be backed up by Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake.
Dolphins RB Damien Williams will start tonight, per beat writer Armando Salguero. Last week, Miami started Kenyan Drake in place of Arian Foster but saw 4 different RBs take handoffs. Williams finished with just 1 for 15 yards. Look for another committee approach tonight, making this a backfield to avoid.
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Bengals. There's still no timetable for his return. Miami will again go with a 4-man committee backfield led by Kenyan Drake and Jay Ajayi. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.
Dolphins HC Adam Gase hinted Monday that RB Arian Foster (groin) will not play against the Bengals on Thursday night. "We're going to make sure he's at the right place for us," Gase said. The short week isn't doing Foster any favors. We'll see if he can get ready for Week 5. Kenyan Drake led Miami's committee backfield in Sunday's win over the Browns but played just 40% of the snaps and totaled 11 touches. It's a situation to avoid in a rough spot in Cincinnati.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Dolphins are "treating rookie RB Kenyan Drake as the starter today." That's a strange way to word it and comes as a surprise after most pegged Jay Ajayi to draw the start. Miami's coaching staff has obviously soured on last year's 5th-round pick, though. Expect multiple RBs to get on the field for the Fins today -- including Ajayi, Damien Williams and/or Isaiah Pead -- but Drake now looks like the best fantasy bet.
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns. He didn't practice all week and certainly isn't a lock to return for Week 4. Jay Ajayi figures to serve as the lead back vs. Cleveland, but Kenyan Drake, Damien Williams and/or Isaiah Pead all figure to be involved as well. Ajayi is just a RB3 or flex option.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) a "long shot" for Sunday's game against the Browns. Foster didn't practice on Wednesday. Look for Jay Ajayi to lead Miami's backfield this weekend, with rookie Kenyan Drake mixing in.
Dolphins HC Adam Gase labeled RB Arian Foster "day-to-day" with the groin injury he suffered on Sunday in New England. It at least sounds like he avoided a serious injury. But considering Foster's history, he seems questionable at best to be ready for this weekend's game against the Browns. If he can't go, Jay Ajayi would likely serve as Miami's lead back, with Kenyan Drake also involved.
Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake hasn’t practiced since suffering a hamstring injury on Friday, August 5. It’s nothing new for the rookie, who struggled to stay healthy at Alabama. Even with Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi facing their own durability issues, Drake isn’t a recommended late-round pick.
The Dolphins signed RB Arian Foster to a 1-year contract Monday afternoon. We don't know the terms yet, but they hardly matter. Foster likely wouldn't have signed at this point unless a team promised him at least a shot at significant work. Miami, meanwhile, sports a thin backfield beyond Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake. Ajayi remains a promising all-around back, but he is heading into just his 2nd season after arriving as a 5th-round pick last spring. We can't treat him as a sure thing. What's pretty certain is that Foster's arrival will push his ADP back down after we watched it rise a bit through the spring. That positions Ajayi as a potential draft value -- unless you believe Foster's about to turn into Miami's lead back. We'd bet on him being more of a complement after losing 23 games to injury over the past 3 seasons. That included the torn Achilles' tendon that ended his 2015 campaign and Texans career. Don't be surprised if Foster climbs well into the single-digit rounds of fantasy football drafts and beyond value range. Drake's fantasy potential, meanwhile, might be most in trouble. Foster has averaged 55 catches per 16 games over his 6 years as an NFL starter. We'll see once camp begins exactly what Miami plans for Foster and Ajayi (unless we hear from HC Adam Gase sooner).
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