A pretty big name could hit the open market before the end of the NFL preseason. The Raiders plan to release veteran running back Kenyan Drake, according NFL media. Drake, 28, was caught in a packed Las Vegas backfield that also includes starter Josh Jacobs, Brandon Bolden and rookie Zamir White.
In the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Drake spent his first two seasons in Miami before being traded to Arizona in the 2019 season. He stayed in Arizona for the 2020 season before joining the Raiders for the campaign. 2021. He totaled over 1,000 all-purpose yards every year from 2018-2020, although he played for three different teams during that span.
As a member of the Cardinals in 2020, Drake set career highs with 955 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. A solid receiver, Drake has 199 career receptions and seven career touchdown receptions. Drake played 12 games in 2021 before fracturing his right ankle which ended his season prematurely.
Releasing Drake now would give him more time to land on another 53-man roster before the regular season begins. Despite last year’s injury, Drake will surely attract attention if he finds himself on the open market sometime next week. One team that could express interest in him is the Ravens, who use a high-intensity offensive system. In Baltimore, Drake would add depth and confidence to a backfield that includes JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards, both of whom are returning from season-ending injuries.