Miami Dolphins’ Kenyan Drake and friend Todd Gurley surging rushers

Kenyan Drake of the Miami Dolphins is helping his team and, it turns out, some NFL fantasy football teams, too. Those playoffs are in full swing, you know. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

DAVIE — The only running back in the NFL to rush for more yards over the past three weeks than Kenyan Drake of the Dolphins is Todd Gurley of the Rams.

“That’s my home boy,” Drake said Wednesday. “(Gurley) came out the same year of high school. It’s a small football world. He was in the SEC, too. I’ve followed his career.”

Drake was a standout at Alabama. Gurley was a star at Georgia.

Over the last three weeks, Gurley has 322 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Drake is second in the NFL with 312, an average of 4.9 yards per carry.

“He’s real physical running back but also has the ability to break tackles and make people miss,” Drake said of Gurley. All facet type of player. That’s the type of player at running back that teams dream of having, just because he can do it all.”

The Dolphins are believing more and more each week that Drake can do it all.

And despite the extra workload, Drake claims his body feels completely fine.

“Just making sure I stay on the same schedule,” Drake said. Hot tub. Cold tub. Massage. Nothing out of the ordinary.”

Drake has said a few times this year that he regretted not preparing himself better to do more last season, as a rookie third-round draft pick. This year, he feels he was better prepared to handle increased responsibility.

“I feel like as the game goes on, I get stronger,” Drake said. “I’ve always felt like that. It just came with opportunity. I’m glad that I’m making the most of the opportunity because last year, I know personally – I had a chance to start last year against the Browns – I didn’t, personally, come out of that game feeling like I put myself in the best situation to move forward to be like, ‘I’m comfortable and I can help this team win.’ That was dependent on my level of preparation. This year, I got the same opportunity and I wasn’t going to be denied this time.”

Drake is gaining comfort, but is not complacent. He’s completely locked in on helping his team. As for all those NFL fantasy football owners who have benefited from making him a late-season waiver-wire pickup?

“The championships I’m trying to win are on the field, so whatever fantasy things are, that’s added gravy I guess, at the end of the day,” Drake said. “But I’m more concerned with the actual championships.”

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