The Detroit Lions have a need at running back. With Kerryon Johnson placed on injured reserve earlier this week, recently added Tra Carson was the team’s top ball carrier in Week 8. Detroit will obviously need to shore up their ranks going forward, and they may do that very soon.
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake seems to be out the door in South Beach. He did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh this week for their Monday night game against the Steelers, as he is expected to soon be traded.
Per a report by Yahoo’s Charles Robinson, the Lions have been searching the running back market recently, and he believes Drake could end up a Lion.
I've been told the #Lions have been aggressively scouring the running back market for trade availability over the last week. Now #Dolphins' Kenyan Drake appears to be headed out of Miami. Relationships make deals and Flores/Patricia/Quinn certainly have one from New England days.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) October 27, 2019
Robinson cites the familiarity between the coaching staffs in Detroit and Miami. A deal would have to be made before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, October 29.
Drake has been one of the better players on an awful Dolphins team. The running back has an equal 174 rushing yards on the ground and 174 as a receiver. He is in the final year of his rookie contract after being selected by Miami in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft.
The running back would instantly take over as a starter in Detroit and would be a boost as a runner, receiver and a pass blocker.
Other names potentially to watch for include Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon and David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals.