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Kenyan Drake signs his offer to remain with Arizona Cardinals

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Year two of him in Arizona is going to be huge. 

After playing in six games in his third season with the Miami Dolphins, Kenyan Drake was traded to the Cardinals. He saw action in eight matchups and under the play calling of Kliff Kingsbury, the former Alabama running back was a touchdown machine.  

RELATED: Arizona Cardinals place transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake

All eight of his scores in 2019, which tied him for ninth in the NFL, came with his new team in the NFC West. Drake recorded three 100-yard games, including his best performance versus the Cleveland Browns in a 38-24 victory for the Cardinals.

He averaged 6.2 yards per carry and totaled 137 yards with four touchdowns on 22 carries.

Drake tallied roughly five yards per rush attempt (4.9) in all eight games, while totaling 643 of his 817 yards rushing with the Cardinals. 

According to SportsTrust Advisors, Drake signed his transition tag for Arizona. 

As he enters his fifth year in the fall, he will make $8.48 million on the tag – per overthecap.com.

With the Cardinals dumping David Johnson’s contract on the Houston Texans, Drake is now the man in the backfield with Kyler Murray.

Signing him and adding DeAndre Hopskins in a trade from the Texans has Arizona with the most intriguing offense this season. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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