INDIANAPOLIS – Miami is looking to find a player who can spell Kenyan Drake in 2018 and they just might turn to the draft to fill their needs.
“We’re really not ever looking to be one guy with 20 to 25 carries,” Gase said. “We kind of want to spread it out. We like using multiple backs.”
Gase also stated that he would like a back that mirrors Drake’s skill set so that he isn’t worried about who is or isn’t in the game while calling plays. One back who brings similar attributes to the table is Ronald Jones out of USC.
The junior rushed for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2017 while demonstrating a penchant for breaking the big play. As a result of his home-run-hitting ability and 10.3 speed in the 100-meter dash, Jones has drawn comparisons to Jamal Charles. Charles is also the back Jones says he patterned his game after.
The Texas native told members of the media on Wednesday, “I love [Jamaal Charles’] game. He was one of my idols growing up. I’ve been a fan. Back in his days at Texas with the Chiefs, even with the Denver Broncos now, I’ve always been a fan of his game. He is the reason why I wear No. 25. We both had dreadlocks at the time so it’s just stuff like that, and he’s from Texas.”
Like Drake, Jones is capable of running inside and outside, but his college numbers as a receiver aren’t overly impressive. Jones has hauled in just 32 passes and three receiving touchdowns in his career at USC, but just because he wasn’t asked to catch the ball out of the backfield, it doesn’t mean he isn’t capable.
In fact, Jones says he can run the entire route tree, and is more than just a reliable target in the flats.
“I can empty out [line up at wide receiver]. We had some packages like that at USC – I just wasn’t the primary target, but I have that in my game.
“I want to make sure teams know that I’m an every down back and I’m working on my strength and getting bigger to prove to them that I’m ready for the next level.”
Jones also desires to return kicks in the NFL, just like Drake did in his first season in the NFL.
“I’m hoping to get the opportunity [to return kicks], it’s like a big run play. Just give me some wedge blocking and I can take it the distance.”