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Drake and Williams are re-defining Dolphins' running back position

Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel on

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The Miami Dolphins' two-headed running back tandem of Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams produced 165 yards from scrimmage last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. But the most interesting one-game glimpse into how that position now relies on versatility instead of power came from the passing game.

Drake and Williams combined for 12 receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown in one game. Jay Ajayi, traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last week, had 27 receptions for 151 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games last season.

Coach Adam Gase mentioned Monday that Drake (104 yards from scrimmage vs. the Raiders) and Williams (64 yards from scrimmage) "made a big difference" as receivers out of the backfield.

And apparently that's a big part of the direction the offense is headed.

"We want to just keep moving in the right direction, and keep giving (Williams) chances, keep giving Drake chances," Gase said.

Gase has valued versatility from his running backs in his stops as offensive coordinator in Denver (Knowshon Moreno, C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman) and Chicago (Matt Forte).

He's got versatility with Drake and Williams.

Each running back had a signature play against Oakland -- Drake, the speedster, had a 42-yard run while Williams, the hard-nosed third-down specialist, had a rugged 10-yard receiving touchdown.

But Gase hasn't decided how time will be shared between Drake and Williams.

"We'll see how far we go with it," he said of the Drake-Williams combination and how much each is used.

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