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

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"I like where our running game is heading," Gase said. "We were able to do a couple of things where we popped a big one, which was good to see, and there was an earlier one where we were really close, Drake got tripped up in a pile of guys."

Improvements are needed, of course.

Drake lost a crucial fumble in the second quarter, and Williams had a relatively harmless seven carries for 14 yards, a testament to their infancy at the NFL level.

And although Williams showed toughness on his touchdown reception, absorbing a big hit and continuing into the end zone, neither Drake nor Williams showed much in the power running department against Oakland.

Also, Drake and Williams have never displayed the yards-after-contact ability that Ajayi showed on a regular basis.

But they seem to fit Gase's offense well, and their one-game snapshot checked the boxes Gase likes.

"They sold out," he said, "and gave us everything they had."

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