Off­sea­son work­outs be­gin

Drake look­ing for­ward to pads, con­tact

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - MLB - By Chris Perkins Staff writer

DAVIE — Dol­phins run­ning back Kenyan Drake was look­ing for­ward to Mon­day, the first day play­ers re­ported for the start of the off­sea­son work­out pro­gram, for a long time. He only wishes the Col­lec­tive Bar­gain­ing Agree­ment al­lowed more ac­tiv­ity on the first day.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Drake said Fri­day at the Dol­phins Can­cer Chal­lenge Celebrity Golf Tour­na­ment. “I wish we were putting on pads, but the CBA kind of doesn’t al­low that. So I look for­ward to just get­ting back in the groove of work­ing out with the team, run­ning around with [quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill] back at the helm again, so I’m ex­cited.”

Ev­ery­one was ex­pected to re­port to the team’s fa­cil­ity in Davie on Mon­day re­ported. Phase One of the three-phase off­sea­son work­out pro­gram, which lasts two weeks, con­sists of strength and con­di­tion­ing train­ing. Mi­ami has its first round of or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties May 22-24.

Mi­ami lost a num­ber of veteran faces, most no­tably the Pro Bowl trio of cen­ter Mike Pouncey, wide re­ceiver Jarvis Landry and de­fen­sive tackle Ndamukong Suh, as well as safety Michael Thomas, a spe­cial teams cap­tain and oc­ca­sional starter, and run­ning back Damien Williams, a core spe­cial teams player and third­down spe­cial­ist.

But the Dol­phins re­turn six starters on of­fense — Drake, right tackle Ja’Wuan James, left tackle Laremy Tun­sil, right guard Ted Larsen (he played left guard last year) and wide re­ceivers Kenny Stills and De­Vante Parker. That doesn’t in­clude Tan­nehill, who re­turns from a 20-game ab­sence, in­clud­ing the play­offs, due to a left knee in­jury.

Mi­ami re­turns eight starters on de­fense: de­fen­sive tackle Jor­dan Phillips, de­fen­sive ends Cameron Wake and An­dre Branch, linebacker Kiko Alonso, cor­ner­backs Cor­drea Tankersley and Xavien Howard and safeties Re­shad Jones and T.J. McDon­ald.

The Dol­phins made a host of key ad­di­tions, such as wide re­ceivers Danny Amen­dola and Al­bert Wil­son, run­ning back Frank Gore, cen­ter Daniel Kil­gore, left guard Josh Sit­ton and de­fen­sive end Robert Quinn and re-signed de­fen­sive end Wil­liam Hayes.

Drake, who rushed for 644 yards last sea­son, 444 of those in the fi­nal five games, said he’s a bit heav­ier.

“I wanted to put on a lit­tle more weight this year so I think I added about five or 10 pounds since the sea­son ended, so I’m about 215 right now,” he said. “I know as I’m run­ning around and things like that I’ll prob­a­bly lose that weight, but main­tain­ing it is def­i­nitely some­thing I want to do.”

Drake said he’d likely lose five pounds dur­ing train­ing camp “but I’ll still be at an op­ti­mum weight for the sea­son.”

Drake, who will share back­field du­ties with Gore, said he thought it was a good idea to pack on the ex­tra pounds. He also said he’s con­fi­dent he can main­tain the weight

“For just the long sea­son the wear and tear that you kind of have to go through,” he said. “I feel like that weight won’t slow me down, it’ll just give the ex­tra power and ex­tra mo­men­tum that I need to go through­out the en­tire sea­son.

“And I feel like it’s mostly just be­ing con­scious of what I put in my body, the time­li­ness of what I put in my body, just make sure I eat three meals a day with snacks in be­tween, and just re­ally be­ing mind­ful of what I put in my body and that’s most im­por­tant.”

ch­perkins@sunsen­tinel. com or Twit­ter @Chrisperk

AP FILE

Kenyan Drake, above, said he gained five or 10 pounds since the sea­son ended. The Dol­phins run­ning back will share car­ries with veteran Frank Gore.

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