Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake reacts to Frank Gore signing

Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake returns a kickoff 96 yards.(Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

AVENTURA — Frank Gore has rushed for more than 14,000 yards in his NFL career and Kenyan Drake has noticed.

“I feel like I can’t wait to get started with Frank,” Drake said Friday, before the Dolphins Cancer Challenge Celebrity Golf Tournament. “I actually met him in Virginia during a (autograph) signing. He epitomizes longevity and I can only hope to have half the career that he’s had. That would be a success in my book. Just having him on this team, to help the team win more games, and to help myself become a better person, I felt like he was definitely going to help me do that.”

Drake is likely to carry the load for Miami this season. But he’s 24, about to begin his third NFL season. Gore, who Miami signed as a free agent to back up Drake, is 34 years old and has played 13 NFL seasons.

Coach Adam Gase fully expects Gore to have a positive impact on Drake’s approach to professionalism. On Friday, Drake noted that departed wide receiver Jarvis Landry actually left him with a quality message in that regard.

“I just try to approach every offseason like I would, regardless, if there was one thing that before Jarvis left that he always would preach to me is, ‘Always prepare like you’re the man, play like you’re the man, practice like you’re the man,’ so there is nothing really that I have to change,” Drake said. “Because I always prepare to put my best foot forward. I’m never in a position where I’m not going to get a lot of playing reps, so I’m not going to prepare as hard as if I was. So, nothing has really changed. I just have to handle my business.”

With Damien Williams and Jay Ajayi gone, Drake is the man left standing.

“I know it’s a business at the end of the day,” Drake said. “I wish (Williams) nothing but the best of luck in Kansas City. I talk to him on a fairly consistent basis because he’s one of my good friends, along with Jay. So you know it’s  business. At the end of the day it’s rare that you stay with one team or even two teams in the span of a career. So I wish him nothing but the best at the end of the day.”

Drake has confidence in the organization’s decision to make an overhaul.

“I feel like it definitely going to be a change,” Drake said of locker room dynamics. “It’s a business. It’s rare that you’re going to the same team for two, three, four or five years in a row. But I feel like (coach Adam) Gase has a plan. He’s brought the guys in and let the guys he’s let go for a reason. And I feel like now it’s just kind of the people that are in the position to step up. It’s their opportunity to do that.”

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