The Philadelphia Eagles are surging toward what could be their most important season since Donovan McNabb eliminated the Green Bay Packers on a 4th and 20 passing play. The Philadelphia Eagles, riding the shocking surge of QB Carson Wentz into a possible MVP candidate, are head and shoulders above the rest of the pack in the NFC East. Armed with a strong defense and a dominant offense, Philly went all-in at the trade deadline by acquiring a running back from Miami. Not just any running back, mind you, but Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins.
Last season the Miami Dolphins decided to put all of their running back duties on the wide shoulders of a young back named Jay Ajayi. Ajayi took the obligations and rolled out to lead the league in missed tackles and yards after contact. He turned into a star, giving Miami the first real running game they had in years. In 2017 things weren’t going so well with Miami as a franchise due to major injuries from key offensive players and a defense that seemed to be leaking more and more. So Miami did what they thought was right and sold off their best offensive player to Philadelphia in exchange for a single 4th round pick in next year’s draft.
Miami claims that they sold off Ajay was due in large part to the player’s lack of chemistry in the locker room with other players. The Dolphins coaching staff apparently didn’t like how Ajayi was comporting himself around the other players and felt that he was a net-negative in terms of his impact on the team culture. Coach Adam Gase had the harshest words of everyone for Ajayi saying, “We’ve got to find guys that will actually put forth effort to actually remember this stuff, and really, it starts with our best players.”
The Philadelphia Eagles were all too eager to buy in on Miami’s alleged damaged goods, acquiring Ajay for basically nothing. Ajayi should come to Philadelphia, home to one of the better offensive lines in the NFL, and find much more running room. It helps that QB Carson Wentz is having an MVP season and that there are real receiving threats like Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz to help alleviate pressure on the running game. Ajayi will likely be limited in his first game with Philadelphia before assuming the majority of snaps for the Philly offense.