Has Ravens RB Kenyan Drake run his way to an RB1 role?

Ravens, Kenyan Drake (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Ravens, Kenyan Drake (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Despite a tough loss to the New York Giants in Week 6, Baltimore Ravens running back Kenyan Drake put together an impressive performance that could solidify into an RB1 role.

With J.K. Dobbins sidelined for most of the game due to “tightness” in his knee, the Ravens needed a big rushing game from Drake and Mike Davis, who served as the team’s primary ball-carriers at the start of the season.

What used to be a split backfield now became dominated by Drake, who played 58 percent of offensive snaps on Sunday compared to Davis’ eight percent.

Drake finished the game as the Ravens’ most efficient runner, recording 10 carries for 119 yards and one touchdown. Does he deserve RB1 consideration moving forward?

Ravens’ Kenyan Drake made a strong case for becoming RB1 in Week 6

As long as Dobbins continues to be hampered by injuries, Drake should play a critical role in Baltimore’s rushing attack, which has since exploded in recent games.

Last week against the Bengals, the backfield was divided more equally with Lamar Jackson, J.K. Dobbins, Mike Davis, and Drake all getting touches.

Drake received half as many carries as Dobbins did that game, which may have suggested Drake’s role was diminishing as Dobbins returned to full health. Nagged by minor injuries in Week 6, however, Dobbins ultimately ceded snaps to Drake who took full advantage of his opportunities.

On his 30-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Drake powered through a crowded box aided by the Ravens’ strong blocking game. Drake also completed a few angry runs throughout the game that showcased his veteran experience and potential to serve as more than a rotational back.

Dobbins and Gus Edwards were originally hailed to be the Ravens’ one-two punch of backs this season once they both return from injury, but with Dobbins clearly not up to full speed and Edwards still recovering, Drake could feasibly earn himself a season-long role as the team’s RB1.

The key to winning that role: Consistency.

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If Kenyan Drake can continue his momentum and enjoy another efficient rushing performance in Week 7, that top running back spot should be his.