A six-pack of Dolphins notes on a Tuesday: ? Kenyan Drake clearly is having more success than Jay Ajayi did early this season. And the reasons are twofold: 1) Drake is doing something that Gase wanted Ajayi to do more of: hit the hole hard instead of hesitating or trying to create a big play out of nothing. 2) ESPN analyst KC Joyner, who tracks every running play in every game, said the run-blocking has improved considerably since Ajayi was traded after Game 7. As Joyner noted, Miami was at a 31.5 percent good blocking rate after Week 7. They are now at a 33.3 percent GBR, which is due to their 36.3 percent GBR from Weeks 8-12. (Last week’s Denver game has not been graded.) The 36.3 percent GBR “is still more than five points behind the 41.4 percent GBR league-wide average, so they went from abysmal to mediocre in this time frame,” Joyner said. There have been some changes on this offensive line since Ajayi’s late October trade, with Jesse Davis playing more, Ted Larsen returning from injury and Ja’Wuan James and Anthony Steen lost for the season because of injury. Davis and Sam Young have played well the past two weeks.
The reasons behind Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake’s success as a starter
Miami Herald | Dec 5