Drake bringing that "Hotline Bling" to the running game...

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  1. Heisenphin

    Heisenphin formally known as CANEPHINS

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    We can blame whatever we want on the running game woes. We can blame the OL. We can blame the QB. We can blame the J-Train for various reasons. We can blame the coaches for the calls and schemes.

    Who can't we blame? Drake.

    He is proving that once he gets the touches he is able to make things happen. He now has the 2 longest runs of the season, 40 and 66 yards, and both of those came the last 2 weeks. He has the speed to be a breakaway threat (something we have been missing). He has the size to hold up on blocks. He has also shown he is very skilled in picking up the blitz and making the correct reads in protection.

    I am excited to see what he does the rest of the season but we need to lose the RB by committee and commit to Drake. He has the potential to be something special, especially if the OL can ever get resolved.

     
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    Garbage time score. I don't normally like to pick and choose stats. But he never scores if the game was closer and Panthers were giving 100%. If you take that away, he had the same crappy game as Williams.
     
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    I am not as hard on that score as you. Mid 3rd quarter, game was 31-14. Sure we know our offense ain't putting up 31, but that was a solid run, good block from Tunsil and good speed from Drake. No team wants to give up a 60 yard TD run.

    Now the final Cutler TD was garbage time for sure.
     
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    It had a preseason game feel to it at that point , they were up 31-7 with about 4 or 5 minutes left, garbage time. Drake had a ****ty game other than that.
     
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    Listen guys...I'm a Bama guy,..duh!!! Love..Drake.....He is a weapon,if he is used right....he needs about 10 to 15 touches a game..but a lot of those need to be passes,line him out at flanker,sweeps and a reverse every now and then...
    Not your bellcow running back...
     
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    Last year he showed speed and his receiving ability. Last night he showed the pass protection abilities to be a three down back. I doubt that Gase makes him the starter next week, but last night was a definite step in the process of earning the right to be the starter.
     
  7. hoops

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    eh he popped one where the panthers lost gap contain

    was a nice open field cut inside though to split the defenders and walk in...shows his open field return skills
     
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    I won't take anything away from the kid. Was the right call for the defense they were playing. Tunsil had a nice block and Drake has the speed and he used it well on that play. He needs to get touches but he can't carry the load all by himself imo

    Ozzy rules!!
     
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    Since Jay was traded, Drake has been playing his *** off. You can really tell he's gone full carpe diem. He's got what Landry had last season before he became jaded.
     
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    He got that second gear to the house , but I see him hurt if we use him like an every down back.... Give him 10 -12 touches a game at various line up positions , and you bring in a bellcow RB...next year to tote full time...
     
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    Bump, bump, bump
     
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    I have two concerns with Drake:

    1. Can he stay healthy when he's running tough and blocking tough? He's a small guy with thin legs.

    2. Can he secure the football? Fumbles have been an issue.

    Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with what I've seen. He's playing with grit and toughness and he's got big play ability.
     
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    Had some good hard runs today. It was a very impressive game by him.
     
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    Solid game. Td run was a really nice make the first guy miss at the los

    Too much tackled by the first man on contact though.

    Something this team is missing
     
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    He broke tons of tackles early on. Second half he was taken down more often at initial contact (though barely).

    Was an impressive game and he lays the wood better than I ever thought in pass pro.

    Glad to see him get a full load.
     
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    I used to like what you brought to the table, the past 18 months or so have shown me that you are no different than most of the people that post here
     
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    I knew he was going to break one today. You could just tell. While I personally prefer bruiser type rbs, we are clearly better off with a back that can catch out of the backfield
     
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    He is a player you want on your roster going forward because of what he can do with the ball in his hands and his ability in the passing game.
     
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    Perfect analysis IMO.

    No way in hallelujah this kid stays on the field 25+ carries for more than 2 or 3 games.

    He was/is a good compliment to a workhorse like [what's his name] we traded for some chewed bubble gum but the dude is a classic "situational" player.

    IMO if you don't clearly see "that" you don't no crap about the real game.
     
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    Well maybe you're wrong.
     
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    Yesterday was the first time since I can remember Drake actually hitting the hole with proper pad level......I was floored.
     
  22. J. David Wannyheimer

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    Drake is going to have a big opportunity coming up to "wow" some people in two games against the Bills.

    The Bills run defense has been dreadful since they traded Marcell Dareus to the Jaguars. Incidentally, the Jagurs' run defense has gone from being terrible to being dominant since then.
     
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    Drake came into the NFL with a reputation of speed and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, as well as, being a huge threat on special teams returning kicks. He’s shown all of that in his short NFL career so far. But the remaining question, was he cable of being used consistently in the run game. Yesterday against a solid Bronco Defense, he showed he can. Now let’s see if he can string a few games together without injury or fumbling? I don’t think he’s the bell cow type back, but for 15-18 carries with solid o-line play, he can contribute big time. I like what I see from him, when he’s able to hold onto the ball.
     
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    Kinda hope I am. But I seriously don't see Drake as a workhorse RB. He needs a counterpart -- I would prefer a 1 cut power runner!

    Hit the hole like a bull!

    It's hard to take that beating week in and week out. Keep Drake "fresh" and he'll be more effective.

    Purely my opinion. Of course.
     

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