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Jay Ajayi | Running Back | #26

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/15/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 223
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 5 (149) / MIA
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Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski writes there is a "good chance" Jay Ajayi sees a "much higher workload than he had a year ago."
With LeGarrette Blount around, Ajayi saw just 31 percent of the Eagles carries after arriving in Week 9 last season. Blount is gone, however, and Ajayi saw 48.8 percent of the work in the playoffs even with him still on the roster. The Eagles have tended to use a committee under Doug Pederson, but it would not be a surprise if Ajayi bucked that trend in 2018. Jul 16 - 11:04 AM

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Eagles assistant head coach/RBs coach Duce Staley suggested Jay Ajayi will be the workhorse this season.

"I'm pretty sure that Jay is excited about being able to go out there and dominate and being able to be that guy," Staley said. "Just him being focused, coming in, knowing he's the guy, knowing he's the guy that's going to step up there and just put everything on his back and ride with him." The Eagles have utilized a committee backfield thus far under Doug Pederson, but Ajayi did average 14 carries a game over his final six including the playoffs last season. With LeGarrette Blount gone, it is not out of the question Ajayi sees 250 carries this year.
Jun 12 - 8:54 AM

Jay Ajayi said he considers himself a "workhorse running back."

Ajayi received just 70 carries in seven games after joining the Eagles midway through the season, but he took on a bigger role late in the year and had 42 carries in the playoffs. With LeGarrette Blount gone, Ajayi expects that playoff usage will continue. "Obviously, things have gotten a little shaken up in our room," Ajayi said. "I’m excited to get into that lead role." Darren Sproles and Corey Clement will get change-of-pace work, but Ajayi should be the guy on early downs this season.
May 31 - 9:45 AM

Jay Ajayi is being sued for $25,000 after allegedly trashing a Los Angeles mansion in February.

Ajayi and a friend rented the mansion for five days after the Eagles won the Super Bowl in February. According to TMZ Sports, Ajayi and his friend were specifically told by the owner of the place that parties were not allowed. They threw three parties and damaged a table, scratched some floors, and violated the no smoking rule. The owner then confronted Ajayi for the fees when the running back allegedly then shoved him. We doubt anything comes of this.
Source: TMZ Sports
May 14 - 7:43 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed nine times for 57 yards in the Eagles' Super Bowl 52 win over the Patriots.

Ajayi’s biggest play was a 26-yard burst on a third-and-four run in the second quarter. He was out-touched 14 to 9 by LeGarrette Blount, albeit deservedly because Blount ran so well. Still, it was a change from the Eagles’ previous backfield distribution. Acquired from the Dolphins for a fourth-round pick before Week 9, Ajayi wound up earning lead back duties but stayed in a rotation with Corey Clement and Blount. Coach Doug Pederson has long shown an affinity for committee backfields over feature backs. Ajayi did log 16-plus touches in four of Philly’s last six games and should expect a similar workload entering the 2018 season, which will be Ajayi’s contract year.
Feb 4 - 10:30 PM

Jay Ajayi (ankle) was removed from the Eagles' injury report for Super Bowl LII.

There was no concern over Ajayi's status after he practiced fully all week. Ajayi should be featured heavily in the Eagles' Super Bowl gameplan.
Feb 2 - 5:17 PM

Jay Ajayi (ankle) is practicing fully this week.

Ajayi was limited in practice last week. His status has never been in doubt. Ajayi should push for 20-plus touches in the Super Bowl.
Jan 31 - 6:21 PM

Jay Ajayi (ankle) was limited in Friday's practice.

Ajayi was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, then limited on Thursday and Friday. The downgrade in participation might normally hint at a setback, but that likely isn't the case with Super Bowl 52 still over a week away. Ajayi has logged 18 and 21 touches through two playoff games. He will be one of the biggest keys to Philadelphia's chances of upsetting New England.
Jan 26 - 3:14 PM

Jay Ajayi (ankle) is practicing in full this week.

The ankle injury is new, but there's no concern for Ajayi's status. Ajayi is coming off 21 touches in the NFC Championship and will remain the Eagles' featured back in the Super Bowl.
Source: ESPN
Jan 24 - 5:13 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed 18 times for 73 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 26 yards in the Eagles' NFC Championship win over the Vikings.

Ajayi's 18 touches in last week's Divisional Round were his most as an Eagle to that point. He topped that mark with 21 in Sunday's victory, significantly out-touching LeGarrette Blount (6) and Corey Clement (3). Although he continues to lose scoring-position work to Blount, Ajayi should remain the focal point of Philly's offense in the Super Bowl against a Patriots defense that was damaged by all-purpose backs throughout the regular season.
Jan 21 - 9:47 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed 15 times for 54 yards in the Eagles' Divisional Round win over the Falcons, adding three receptions for 44 additional yards.

Ajayi was arguably the Eagles' most effective offensive player, but he lost a brutal early fumble that made it look like it might be a short afternoon for the home 'dog Eagles. Ajayi was mothballed down the stretch of the first half, but resurfaced after the break. 20 will be his over/under for touches in the NFC Championship Game.
Jan 13 - 8:39 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Ajayi got some rest during the Eagles' bye week but will be ready to go against the Falcons. With both Nick Foles and LeGarrette Blount struggling down the stretch, Ajayi should be leaned on more heavily.
Jan 9 - 2:36 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

The Eagles have a first-round bye, and coach Doug Pederson isn't concerned at all, saying they're just giving Ajayi some rest like the Dolphins did with him. Ajayi has a knee issue dating back to college that requires periodic rest.
Jan 3 - 1:13 PM

Jay Ajayi is inactive for Week 17 against Dallas.

Ajayi isn't injured, but the Eagles are getting him rest going into the playoffs. Also inactive are DE Derek Barnett, LB Nigel Bradham, DE Brandon Graham, DT Timmy Jernigan, S Rodney McLeod, and CB Jalen Mills.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:33:00 AM

Jay Ajayi rushed 14 times for 52 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 21 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles' Week 16 win over the Raiders on Christmas.

Ajayi was running all over the Raiders when given the chance, and his touchdown was a perfectly-blocked screen pass in the first half from 17 yards out. Ajayi again handled the majority of the backfield work, out-carrying LeGarrette Blount 14-5, while Corey Clement rushed it twice. The Eagles will need to lean on Ajayi and the defense if they want to succeed in the playoffs.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 12:10:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Wentz
2Nick Foles
3Nate Sudfeld
4Joe Callahan
RB1Jay Ajayi
2Corey Clement
3Darren Sproles
4Wendell Smallwood
5Donnel Pumphrey
GLB1Jay Ajayi
2Corey Clement
3RB1Corey Clement
2Darren Sproles
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Mack Hollins
3Shelton Gibson
4Greg Ward
5Markus Wheaton
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Mike Wallace
3Bryce Treggs
4Marquess Wilson
5Rashard Davis
WR31Mike Wallace
TE1Zach Ertz
2Dallas Goedert
3Richard Rodgers
4Josh Perkins
5Billy Brown
LT1Jason Peters
2Halapoulivaati Vaitai
LG1Stefen Wisniewski
2Darrell Greene
3Matt Pryor
C1Jason Kelce
2Isaac Seumalo
3Jon Toth
RG1Brandon Brooks
2Chance Warmack
RT1Lane Johnson
2Taylor Hart
3Jordan Mailata
K1Jake Elliott