Henderson, Nev.—The Las Vegas Raiders stunned many fans and some media when they signed running back Kenyan Drake in free agency.
The Silver and Black already have Josh Jacobs, an elite Pro Bowl-caliber lead back. Drake wasn't brought in to replace the young star from the University of Alabama, but instead brought in to back him up and fulfill an Alvin Kamara-type Swiss Army Knife role for the Raiders.
Sports Illustrated's Raider Maven wanted to get another voice to discuss the addition of Drake. Jim Mora Jr. has been a head coach in college and the NFL, and we caught up with him for this exclusive conversation about how he sees the Raiders' offense evolving with the new additions.
"I think he will have an immediate impact and be very fun to watch," Mora said. "He's a versatile player that fits in with what Jon Gruden wants to do perfectly."
Mora's praise for what Gruden and Mike Mayock are doing didn't end there.
"Jon is going to use this guy in a multitude of ways," Mora said. "He is going to put him in the backfield and give him the ball. He is going to use him as a receiver out of the backfield and he's going to get him outside of the formation and get him the ball through the air."
But Mora wasn't done.
Drake adds so much versatility that he had even more ways the Raiders can use the young man.
"He is going to use him min jet sweeps," Mora said. "We are talking about a guy that has three straight 1,000 yard all-purpose yards years. He has averaged 40 receptions a year the last four years and he is a returner."
But perhaps Drake's biggest asset is the most simple to see. Mora made it clear.
"He takes a load off of Josh Jacobs when he slows down late in the season, and he gives Jon a weapon that creates real mismatch issues for a defensive coordinator."
You can hear all of Mora's thoughts when you watch the video above.
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