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|The departure of Frank Gore to Buffalo presumably opens the door for Ballage to become the early down and short-yardage tailback for the Dolphins in 2019, with Kenyon Drake splitting carries and working as the primary receiving back for Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen.
Of the two, Ballage is the better draft day bargain and more of a value compared to Drake, however, Drake's explosiveness and receiving prowess give him a higher ceiling.
At 6'1", 230 pounds, Ballage is a beast of a man and fast for his size. However, he does not excel at making quick cuts in space and is not a skilled receiver at this point in his pro career.
| Kenyan Drake in walking boot|
Expected to be ready for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Aug 14, 11:30 am
|Flores said Kenyan Drake, in a walking boot, has an injury that will be a while but said team hopeful ready for opener. (Armando Salguero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Drake suffered the injury yesterday and although there's no official word on exactly what the issue is, it's not considered to be a "structural" problem. This will ding Drake's ADP and Kalen Ballage will take more reps with the first team in Drake's absence.
|Kenyan Drake locked into another RBBC?|
Kalen Ballage has "real chance" to be starter
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 1, 7:20 pm
|A lot will be made over who will be the Dolphins starter - and make no mistake, Kalen Ballage has a real chance to earn that role. He has run with the starters more than Kenyan Drake through four days of training camp, which depending on who you ask holds somewhere between no significance and a little significance. So how should we project the Dolphins backfield? Think New England Patriots-style running-back-by-committee and possibly a less-extreme version of how James White and Sony Michel shared that backfield. An early timeshare prediction could be 45/40/15 touch split for Drake, Ballage and the Dolphins secondary backs. (ESPN - Cameron Wolfe)|
FFToday's Take: The irony of the Dolphins pumping up Ballage as a potential starter (or lead back) is that the position coach (Eric Studesville) suggests Ballage needs to remember to utilize his size and strength, which is a problem when a coach talks that way about a 230-pound back. A committee backfield was always the most likely outcome given the new regime's ties to New England, but Drake remains the heavy favorite to be the best fantasy option. He is very much in the RB2 discussion.