Las Vegas Raiders: One question for each offensive position in 2021
Running Back: How will Kenyan Drake fit in?
Josh Jacobs has been Las Vegas’ feature back since he was drafted in 2019, and even though Jacobs has been great, he has also struggled with injuries from time to time. This makes it crucial to have a good backup running back to relieve or fill in for Jacobs when needed.
Enter Kenyan Drake, who was signed to a hefty contract in the 2021 offseason.
Drake will likely split some time with Jacobs, creating a dynamic one-two punch in the Las Vegas backfield. In this scenario, Jacobs will likely be the team’s power back who makes moves in space. Drake, who also has impressive movement, will be more of a speed back and pass catcher.
The latter use is where Drake should be the biggest difference-maker for the offense, as Carr tends to look for his backs when plays start to break down.
Also, look for Drake to be used more creatively than just a dump-off pass option. Gruden loves to experiment, so watch for drake on wheel routes, screens, and maybe even lined up as a receiver.
Answer: He’ll add a jolt of speed to the backfield and passing game.