Kenyan Drake. This is something they needed yesterday. David Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury that sidelined him against the Saints. Chase Edmonds, who had a field day in Week 7, ran into a hamstring injury that limited him against the Saints.
So enter Drake. When/if Johnson returns along with Edmonds, the addition of Drake makes an intriguing running back room. At one point, the Dolphins saw Drake as their future at the position, even bringing in Frank Gore to mentor him after Drake’s strong finish to 2017. It looks like that never panned out as Drake couldn’t break 650 yards in any of his seasons, and 2019 has been disappointing. Though his 2019 can be blamed on the Dolphins as a whole and not on him. Drake is a free agent at the end of 2019 as his rookie deal comes to an end. Much like the 49ers trading for Emmanuel Sanders, this is an 8-game rental.
Regardless, that’s a decent three-headed beast the Cardinals have there if everyone can stay healthy.
Per Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins received a conditional sixth-round pick. It can become a fifth-round pick if certain requirements are met. The conditions haven’t been disclosed as of this writing, but it’s safe to assume it involves playing time, snaps, etc.
So why a sixth? Well, Drake’s numbers have gone down since that impressive 2017 finish. He’s in the final year of his contract as well. This isn’t a wide receiver like Sanders either. Trying to figure out who won this trade is an exercise in frustration. The Dolphins started using Mark Walton more over Drake, which may have made him expendable, and they wanted whatever they could get from a departing free agent. The Cardinals get a rental out of Drake to maybe bring him in as a third running back in 2020 on a new contract.
Well, they won’t get Drake on Thursday. At least not a fair amount. Given the short week, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Cardinals were to not dress him until Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 49ers instead will be dealing with Alfred Morris, who played for them in 2018. Drake could spell Morris a bit, but Morris will be very busy on Thursday.