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Jay Ajayi | Running Back | #36

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/15/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 223
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 5 (149) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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Jay Ajayi rushed 15 times for 78 yards in the Eagles' Week 14 win over the Rams.
He added a two-yard reception. The 16 touches were a new Eagles high by four for Ajayi. He watched LeGarrette Blount run into brick walls for much of the first half before finally being featured after the break. It's too early to consider it the new normal in the Eagles' backfield, but Ajayi is making weekly progress in the workload department. With Carson Wentz (knee) possibly done for the season, coach Doug Pederson will be forced to lean on the running game. Ajayi will have FLEX appeal against the Giants in Week 15. Dec 10 - 8:34 PM

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Jay Ajayi had nine carries for 35 yards and caught three passes for 11 yards in Week 13 against Seattle.

Ajayi led the Eagles in touches (11) and snaps (31) this week. He outplayed LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement, but the Eagles were forced to abandon the run in the second half. The playing time is a good sign for Ajayi going forward. Ajayi will be in the RB2 mix for Week 14 against the Rams.
Dec 3 - 11:52 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed five times for 26 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for seven yards in the Eagles' Week 12 win over Chicago.

LeGarrette Blount saw the first three carries of the game, but Ajayi got his shot on the next series and converted a fourth-and-short to keep a touchdown drive alive. That was the only notable thing Ajayi did before the break, however, and he finished the first half with just three carries, the same number as Corey Clement, one fewer than Carson Wentz, and five fewer than Blount. He finally made some noise with a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter, but he fumbled into the end zone. Acquired for a fourth-round less than a month ago, Ajayi has yet to see more than eight touches as an Eagle. He will be just a bench stash until that changes.
Nov 26 - 4:14 PM

Jay Ajayi had seven carries for 91 yards and caught his only target for 10 yards in the Eagles’ Week 11 win over Dallas.

Ajayi remained in a three-back rotation with LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement. He got most of his production on a 71-yard run. The Eagles limited Ajayi to one carry after that, and he played just 13 snaps as he continues to get acclimated in Doug Pederson’s scheme. Ajayi will be a risky RB2 for Week 12 against Chicago.
Nov 19 - 11:41 PM

Eagles OC Frank Reich expects Jay Ajayi to take on a bigger role against the Cowboys in Week 11.

"He's able to handle everything that we give him at this point," said Reich. "When I look at our game plan for this week, I look at it and there's probably not a play on there that I wouldn't feel comfortable putting his number on." Ajayi was limited to eight touches in his Eagles debut in Week 9, but had the bye week to study the team's playbook and has apparently been a quick study. LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement will still be in the mix, but it sounds as if Ajayi could ascend to lead status in Week 11. Daily Slant: Ajayi’s $5.4k DK salary is beginning to look pretty appealing. Dallas will be without their best LB and run-stopper, Sean Lee, and even with Lee starting 7 games, they’re 30th in rush DVOA and 24th in adjusted yards (per FO). The Eagles are favored in this one (-3) and they're averaging the 2nd-most rushing attempts per game (31.4).
Nov 14 - 2:41 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed eight times for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' Week 9 win over the Broncos.

Corey Clement (13) and LeGarrette Blount (9) both out-touched Ajayi, but Ajayi made his touches count, particularly on a 46-yard touchdown in his Eagles debut. Expect Ajayi's role to increase when the Eagles come out of their Week 10 bye. He should be the Eagles' lead back after the off week, although the team insists Blount will stay involved, and Clement has earned a weekly role.
Nov 5 - 5:00 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Jay Ajayi will be working with a "very limited" set of plays Week 9 against the Broncos.

This isn't surprising as it will likely take a few weeks for Ajayi to get a hang of the playbook and scheme differences. The Eagles Week 10 bye should provide him a good opportunity to figure everything out and see more work going forward. He's a desperation flex play in Week 9.
Nov 4 - 11:44 AM

Eagles VP of Football Operations Howie Roseman said LeGarrette Blount remains the team's starting running back, even after acquiring Jay Ajayi from the Dolphins on Tuesday.

We're not really buying it, though it's possible Ajayi could take a backseat to Blount in Week 9 as he learns the Eagles' offense. Roseman said the team liked what it saw from Ajayi in joint practices with the Dolphins this summer and despite rumblings of a knee issue, the Eagles did not find any red flags after going through his medical records. Ajayi has been largely unproductive this year but should benefit from a change of scenery behind a better offensive line in Philadelphia. It wouldn't be a surprise if he took over the lead role from Blount following the team's bye in Week 10. Daily Slant: On top of market share uncertainty, they're facing a Broncos run defense holding RBs to the fewest PPR points and heading into Week 8, they were 1st in rush DVOA and 3rd in adjusted line yards (per FO).
Oct 31 - 1:39 PM

Eagles acquired Jay Ajayi from the Dolphins in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

While this looks shocking on the surface, coach Adam Gase took a shot at Ajayi following the team's loss to the Ravens last Thursday night and had clearly soured on the back. Now in Philly, Ajayi should take over as the lead back ahead of LeGarrette Blount and will get to run behind a solid offensive line for the first time in his career. Even likely to share work, this is a great move for Ajayi's fantasy value.
Oct 31 - 9:22 AM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase voiced his frustration with the team's running game after Thursday night's loss to the Ravens.

"We’ve got to stop trying to hit home runs all the time," he said. "It’s on the running back. Do your job. It’s not hard to do." Gase didn't mention him by name, but it's clear he was referring to Jay Ajayi, who managed just 23 yards on 13 carries in Thursday night's 40-0 defeat. "We’re the worst offense in football," Gase continued. "It’s hard to go lower than that." Ajayi has been a major disappointment this year, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry with no touchdowns through his first seven games. The Dolphins have nine days to get their act together before next week's Sunday night showdown against the Raiders.
Oct 27 - 3:59 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed 13 times for 23 yards in the Dolphins' Week 8 loss to the Ravens.

It's a stat-line that would be hard to believe if you only saw Ajayi's first carry, where he found the edge and gained 21 yards. It was his longest run of the season. He promptly lost seven combined yards on his next three totes and was essentially never heard from again as the Dolphins put yet another putrid offensive display on film. Ajayi had nowhere to go behind porous blocking, while Matt Moore's ineffectiveness invited the Ravens to camp out on the box. Ajayi's workloads have remained consistent, but he can no longer be considered an RB1. His offense is simply in too much disarray.
Oct 26 - 11:49 PM

Jay Ajayi delivered 51 yards on 23 carries while contributing three catches for 26 yards on four targets Sunday in the Dolphins’ Week 7 win over the Jets.

Ajayi came up limping on the Dolphins’ first drive but stayed in the game and wound up out-touching backup Damien Williams by a convincing 26-4 margin. He got nowhere on the ground, managing a long run of only 11 yards, though Ajayi did set a season-high with his 26 receiving yards on Sunday. Ajayi scored eight times during his breakout 2016 campaign but has yet to visit the end zone in 2017. He’ll try to change that Thursday night in Baltimore.
Oct 22 - 6:00 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) is not injured, but the Dolphins have been giving him rest and maintenance days on Thursdays each week.

Dating back to the 2015 draft, word leaked that Ajayi, a few years removed from ACL surgery at the time, may need constant maintenance on what was described as chronic soreness. And teams were also scared that it may shorten his career. The soreness part has come into play of late, and Miami is trying to compensate by giving him a day off practice each week so he can get treatment. Multiple missed days of practice would be a concern, but one day a week is fine, though OC Clyde Christensen thinks it has stunted Ajayi's pass-game development.
Oct 20 - 10:04 AM

Jay Ajayi (knee) was held out of Thursday's practice.

It's the same routine Ajayi followed last week before being left off the final injury report. He'll be out there as a mid-range RB1 against the Jets.
Oct 19 - 1:19 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed 26 times for 130 yards in the Dolphins' Week 6 upset of the Falcons.

Ajayi was targeted three times in the passing game, but committed two drops. That was his lone lowlight, as he otherwise put the Dolphins' offense on his back as Adam Gase's team sprung a stunning road upset. Ajayi was routinely pushing the pile at the second level. The impressive effort came on an afternoon where the Dolphins lost C Mike Pouncey (concussion) in the second quarter. Ajayi has now gone over 25 carries in 3-of-5 games. He gets the Jets at home in Week 7.
Oct 15 - 4:04 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Wentz
2Nick Foles
3Nate Sudfeld
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jay Ajayi
3Corey Clement
4Kenjon Barner
5Wendell Smallwood
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jay Ajayi
3RB1Corey Clement
2Kenjon Barner
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Mack Hollins
3Shelton Gibson
WR21Torrey Smith
2Nelson Agholor
3Marcus Johnson
WR31Nelson Agholor
TE1Zach Ertz
2Brent Celek
3Trey Burton
LT1Halapoulivaati Vaitai
2Will Beatty
LG1Stefen Wisniewski
2Chance Warmack
C1Jason Kelce
RG1Brandon Brooks
2Isaac Seumalo
RT1Lane Johnson
K1Jake Elliott
2Caleb Sturgis