Could the Patriots pursue RB Kenyan Drake in free agency?

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In their first season in the post-Tom Brady era, the New England Patriots showed that they have a lot of holes on offense that they need to fill this offseason. In addition to needing to find their new franchise quarterback, the Patriots could also use another running back to help their new signal caller. That is where Arizona Cardinals free agent Kenyan Drake could come into play.

According to the Game Haus, the Patriots could bring in Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake during free agency.

The Cardinals could decide to give Chase Edmonds an expanded role, which would free up Drake this offseason.

Overall, Drake was productive with the Cardinals last season, rushing for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns. However, the Cardinals didn’t utilize him to his full potential. Drake was primarily utilized as a downhill runner and did not see many opportunities in the passing game.

Drake split reps with Edmonds, who was utilized in the pass-catching-back role that Drake had the season prior. In 2019, Drake caught 28 passes for 171 yards in eight games with the Cardinals. Last season, Drake only caught 25 passes for 137 yards in his first full season with the Cardinals. For comparison, Edmonds caught 53 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns.

The Patriots are a perfect destination for Kenyan Drake if he wants to be utilized in the passing game like he was in 2019. The Patriots’ top pass-catching backs, Rex Burkhead and James White, are free agents, so that will give Drake plenty of opportunities to be utilized in the passing game.

Drake would also be a great compliment for Damien Harris, who rushed for 691 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots last season. With Harris as a downhill runner and Drake as a pass-catching back, the Patriots could have one of the most formidable running back duos in the league.

Expect to see the Patriots take a long look at free agent running backs this offseason. Drake may not be who they end up signing, but he would make sense.