Cardinals' Kenyan Drake 'secures the bag' with another breakout

SEATTLE -- Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake sat in front of his locker underneath Seattle's CenturyLink Field on Sunday evening and watched his 80-yard touchdown run on his phone.

It was the moment that springboarded the Cardinals to a 27-13 upset over the Seattle Seahawks. It was also the moment that the usually soft-spoken Drake made it known he wants to get paid. As he celebrated the score, Drake unveiled the "secure the bag" move. He mimed unlocking a safe and pulling out a bag of money. Then he showed a money sign with each hand.

"My girlfriend told me that I didn't really come hard enough last week [after the] touchdown [with] my celebration, so I thought I'd bring something out, I guess," Drake said.

His message?

"I was just letting everybody know that you got to run it up a little bit," Drake said.

Point taken.

Drake, who will be a free agent this offseason, turned in a second straight career-high effort, finishing with 166 yards and two touchdowns. That gives him six scores in his past two games.

"He's just hungry," quarterback Kyler Murray said. "I mean, I feel like you can tell when he gets the ball, he wants the ball. If he's not getting the ball, he's telling everybody he wants the ball, so I think that's something you like to see out of a running back, kind of demand that the ball, be angry, run hard, and he does that.

"He's versatile, so I feel like there's really not anything that he cannot do on the field."

Drake, who has one game left on his rookie contract, leads the NFL in rushing yards and touchdowns over the past two weeks. His six touchdowns are twice as many as the next most during that span.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said after the game what many are thinking: "He's got to be one of the top backs on the market."

Then Fitzgerald made another point.

"But," he said, "I don't know if he's going to get to free agency."

Whether or not Drake does, he'll likely command top dollar from all of his suitors. His teammates know he's about to cash in on a megadeal.

"There's no way to beat around the bush on that one," left guard Justin Pugh said. "He deserves it. He's playing well and he showed what you can do now."

All Drake needed was a chance to showcase his skill, which he couldn't do with the Miami Dolphins, the team that drafted him in 2016 and traded him to Arizona on Oct. 28.

"I never was down on myself," Drake said. "I knew my capabilities. I knew the capabilities of the individuals around me. Being a running back is the most, I guess, is the position that you have to depend on the most around you. So, it's only a testament to the things that people do around me, and I can display my abilities as well."

When he plays like he did Sunday, Drake triggers a domino effect.

"He sees the hole, he hits it, and it makes you want to block a second longer, hold your block a half a second longer, just like on that first touchdown run today," center A.Q. Shipley said.

The Kenyan Drake who took advantage of a perfectly blocked play, used his burst to get in the second level of the defense and then used his speed to pull away from a safety in pursuit isn't better than the running back Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury thought he was getting.

He is the running back Kingsbury thought he was getting.

"I think we predicted as the No. 1 back what he could do," Kingsbury said. "That's why we made the trade. We would not trade at that point in the season if we didn't think he couldn't play at a high level if he was made the guy.

"Getting those number of touches, he has stepped up."