AFC Notes: Kenyan Drake, Dolphins, Jaguars

     

Kenyan Drake

Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake said he is aware that he is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is focused on putting himself “in the best position” to be successful next season. 

I’d be lying if I said it’s not,” Drake said, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “It’s the reality of the situation. But I understand that what I do right now is going to affect that, when it comes. So I’m just putting the work in, right now, in the weight room, the film room, the practice field. Watching film. Putting myself in the best position. So when I come out here, there’s no hesitation. There is no what-ifs. I’m coming out here trying to put my best on the field. And at the end of the day I can look myself in the mirror and understand I gave my best and my best was what I put out here.” 

Schad, citing an NFL source, reports that the Dolphins have yet to open extension negotiations with Drake. 

Dolphins

  • Albert Breer believes a trade down is in play for the Dolphins at No. 13 overall and he wouldn’t be surprised if Miami elected to move some picks to 2020 to build a war chest to get their long-term answer at quarterback.
  • If the Dolphins stay at No. 13, Breer thinks the Dolphins could take an offensive tackle such as Jawaan Taylor, Andre Dillard, or Jonah Williams. 
  • Breer also mentions Clemson DL Christian Wilkins as someone who could make some sense for Miami.
  • Armando Salguero mentions that Dolphins CB Cordrea Tankersley, who tore his ACL last November, was still limping on Thursday while walking around and “doesn’t seem to have full extension in the leg.”
  • As for other candidates, Schad writes that Dolphins CB Xavien Howard is a “pressing extension priority,” while Miami “doesn’t necessarily” have to re-sign LT Laremy Tunsil this offseason given they can still use his fifth-year option. 

Jaguars

On Thursday, Jaguars executive VP Tom Coughlin told reporters that he believes everyone on their roster should be in attendance for voluntary workouts. 

“We’re close to 100 percent attendance — and quite frankly all of our players should be here…” Coughlin said, per John Oehser.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey and LB Telvin Smith have both been away from the team up to this point.

  • Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Thursday that their dream was to sign Nick Foles: “I can tell you this categorically that as soon as the season was over, our dream was to get Nick Foles. For all the different reasons that have been elaborated.” (Phillip Heilman)

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