In a move that has sent shockwaves throughout the National Football League, the Philadelphia Eagles have landed former Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi for a fourth-round pick. According to ESPNs Jeff Darlington, the Dolphins move was a business decision. Frankly, they thought he was on the road to being washed up.
Ajayi, nickname the Jay Train, ran for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns on a robust 4.9 yards per carry just last year. Paraphrasing the immortal Dinah Washington, what a difference a year makes. Thus far, Ajayi has been handed the ball 138 times for 465 yards on only 3.4 yards per carry. He has yet to score a touchdown and leads the NFL in most rushing attempts without a touchdown. Indeed, its not always good to lead the league in something.
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The Miami Dolphins are the first team since the 2013 St. Louis Rams to not have a rushing touchdown in their first seven games. For their part, the 7-1 Philadelphia Eagles are currently fourth in the NFL in rushing yards per game.
Some analysts believe the 2016 Pro Bowl back would immediately be the preferred back over bruising runner LeGarrette Blount, who is 30 years old and on a one-year deal. Second-year back Wendell Smallwood has had flashes, but inconsistency will relegate him to mop-up duty behind Ajayi and Blount.
The 24-year-old runner is being called the solution to the Eagles short and long term problems.