Is Kalen Ballage Getting First-Team Reps a Concern for Kenyan Drake?
News reports out of Dolphins camp have Kalen Ballage taking first-team reps, potentially affecting Kenyan Drake’s status as a surefire RB2. Is this typical offseason noise, or a changing of the guard in Miami? Our experts weigh in.
Kalen Ballage is getting first-team reps. Is that a concern for Kenyan Drake?
Chris Gimino: No. Ballage was always going to take first-team reps, and this remains a potentially volatile split-duty situation. Ballage is a player to target deep in drafts if you fade RB early, but this particular news item should be considered #asexpected.
JSURab: Drake in the fourth round is just way too high of a price to pay. I see this backfield as split between Drake and Ballage. The Dolphins have one of the worst offensive lines in football, so it’s not a situation I want to invest in anyways. With this news, I expect Ballage will start to be selected earlier which will lead me to just fade this backfield in drafts.
STLCards: I’m always worried about Drake. We have absolutely no clarity on how this backfield is going to shake out. This news will probably bump up Ballage’s ADP quite a bit over the next few weeks, too. Drake was already going at point in drafts that was too much of a premium. As such, I’ll have limited exposure to both, though Drake becomes more appealing if his ADP starts to sag.
Beermakersfan: I’m not going to panic too early with training camp just kicking off. It is certainly eye opening, but I believe in the talent of Drake so I’m not moving him down my rankings. Ballage will certainly be involved but I still think Drake can outperform his current draft price. He put up 1,000 yards and 9 TDs in a super slow, terrible offense in 2018 and I think this offense will be much better than people expect in 2019.
JoshADHD: I’ve been worried the entire offseason. This starting RB job wasn’t a slam-dunk for Drake at all. Ballage has real talent himself, and deserves plenty of touches. I’ve been hammering Ballage in rounds 13-15 all summer.
Erik Beimfohr: I was always worried about Drake. I’ve been a fan of his talent, but the price has been way too steep for me to acquire a player with the volume and playing time questions marks he has on a team as bad as the Dolphins. Ballage has been the preferred target of mine between the two with his later round ADP, and I only expect that to continue moving forward.