Kenyan Drake signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason, with $8.5 million fully guaranteed at signing. For context, Drake's average annual salary is the 13th-highest at his position. The RB recently alluded to having a big role in the Raiders' offense, saying, "I'm definitely excited to see how our roles continue to develop with obviously Josh [Jacobs] being the main guy to do what he needs to do because I have much respect and love for him and his game and what coach [Jon] Gruden has planned for us in that specific capacity. But I feel like I might have a big role in this offense. With them being a top 10 offense last year, the sky is the limit for us. I'm ready to see us take it to the next level." (NFL.com)
With Jacobs locked into the early-down runner role for the Raiders, Drake's big role has to come as a pass-catcher. Here's a fun fact: Drake's totaled 1,000-plus scrimmage yards each of the past three seasons. Last season, the RB nearly eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards but in the two prior seasons, Drake totaled at least 65-plus targets, 50-plus receptions, and 345 receiving yards. Darren Waller's the clear No. 1 in the pass-catching pecking order, but Drake just has to compete with Hunter Renfrow [7.3-yard average target distance] for short, high-percentage targets. Henry Ruggs [17.4], Bryan Edwards [9.8], and newly-signed John Brown [12.9] project for deeper targets based on prior usage.