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Jay Ajayi | Running Back | #23

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/15/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 223
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 5 (149) / MIA
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Jay Ajayi (concussion) will start Thursday's preseason game.
In case you needed any more proof Ajayi is over his concussion. Kenyan Drake, however, is not, and will be sidelined. Aug 17 - 5:39 PM

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Jay Ajayi is no longer in the concussion protocol.

Coach Adam Gase said that was the case on Sunday, but reports on Monday suggested he still had one hurdle to clear. Either way, he is cleared now. Ajayi has been getting in limited practices of late and should return to full sessions in the near future.
Aug 15 - 8:53 AM

Updating a previous item, Jay Ajayi (concussion) has yet to receive medical clearance.

It's believed Ajayi needs clearance from an independent neurologist, which would be his final hurdle. Ajayi did participate in Monday's practice, and coach Adam Gase said Sunday that Ajayi was cleared, although he hasn't been taken out of the concussion protocol yet. Still, Ajayi has officially gone over two weeks in the protocol. He suffered the concussion on July 31.
Aug 14 - 10:57 AM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase confirmed Jay Ajayi is no longer in the concussion protocol.

There was concern that Ajayi may have suffered a relapse of concussion symptoms after leaving Sunday's practice early but he was merely dehydrated. Ajayi is slightly behind schedule, but it shouldn't take long for the third-year workhorse to get back up to speed. Coming off a breakout season, Ajayi is locked in as an every-week RB1 in fantasy.
Aug 13 - 11:27 AM

Jay Ajayi is still in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Ajayi got in a "limited" practice midway through last week, but he's yet to receive medical clearance to fully participate. Ajayi has now missed two full weeks of team drills. He remains one of the riskiest picks in the second round.
Aug 12 - 2:25 PM

Jay Ajayi (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Tuesday.

He remains in the concussion protocol, but getting in any work means he is progressing toward being cleared. There is no chance he plays in the preseason opener Thursday night, but it looks like he will return to practice sometime in the next week. Ajayi is currently being drafted at the top of the second round.
Aug 8 - 9:12 AM

Jay Ajayi sustained a concussion in Monday's practice and will miss at least one week.

This was the fear. Ajayi was hit by teammate SS T.J. McDonald in a two-minute drill during Monday's session and had his "bell rung." It's not a huge concern for fantasy owners at this time, but concussions can linger. Once Ajayi returns, the Dolphins are expected to limit the amount of contact he sees the rest of summer.
Aug 2 - 8:45 AM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Jay Ajayi is being evaluated for a concussion.

Ajayi left Monday's practice early after reportedly getting his "bell rung." If he did suffer a concussion, the Dolphins will certainly take it slow with perhaps their most important player on offense. Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake are behind Ajayi on the depth chart.
Jul 31 - 11:54 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero writes Jay Ajayi seemed to get his "bell rung" during Monday's practice.

Salguero adds trainers took Ajayi's helmet away as he walked off the field early. The Dolphins have yet to release an official update, so both the nature and severity of the injury are unknown. For what it is worth, fellow RB Kenyan Drake is sure Ajayi will be back "sooner rather than later."
Jul 31 - 11:08 AM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker believes Jay Ajayi "could put up 1,900 total yards if he stays healthy."

Walker's stat projection is 1,435 rushing yards, 482 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. The rushing number is not far-fetched considering Ajayi rumbled for 1,272 yards in 12 starts last season, although that number was inflated by three 200-yard games. The receiving number is more of a jump after Ajayi logged just 151 yards through the air, but the back earned consistent praise for his improvement in the passing game all offseason. Only two backs totaled 1,900 yards last year -- Le'Veon Bell would have joined David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott if he had played 16 games -- so the fact that Ajayi even has a shot at that number shows what kind of fantasy upside he possesses. He is a locked-in RB1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 9:52 AM

Jay Ajayi has looked "much smoother running routes and finishing receptions this offseason."

Ajayi looked relatively raw as a receiver in 2016, but improving his receiving skills has been a "major focus" of Ajayi's offseason. Already a lock for 300 touches assuming his health cooperates, Ajayi could be in for an outrageous workload if the Dolphins are serious about incorporating him into their passing game. Ajayi's second-round ADP might not be high enough.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 9:42 AM

Jay Ajayi says he's ready for bigger workloads in 2017.

Ajayi averaged a healthy 17 carries per game last season, but coach Adam Gase has hinted he thinks Ajayi is ready for 20-plus. Ajayi is on board. "That’s what I’m preparing myself to do," Ajayi said of bigger workloads. "So we’ll see happens this year as the season comes up." The Dolphins have also talked of getting Ajayi more involved in the passing game after he caught 27 balls in 2016. The overarching theme is clear: The Dolphins want Ajayi to get the ball a ton.
Jun 13 - 4:31 PM

Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen believes Jay Ajayi might be the "most improved" player on the team this offseason.

"He looks like a pro," Christensen said of the 2016 breakout back. "He's a different guy from a year ago." Ajayi was a tackle-breaking machine last season, but was inconsistent behind the Dolphins' banged up offensive line. Christensen previously praised Ajayi's passing-game improvement. Asked about coach Adam Gase's comment that Ajayi could see 350 carries in 2017, Christensen said "we might need to increase (Gase's) medication." That joke aside, coach and coordinator are on the same page about a player they want to feed this season.
Jun 6 - 1:35 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase suggested Jay Ajayi could see as many as 350 carries this season.

This assumes his health cooperates, of course, and that the Dolphins lead on the scoreboard enough to feed Ajayi the nearly 22 carries per week required to approach 350 attempts. Regardless, it's clear the Dolphins' offense is now built around Ajayi and not on Ryan Tannehill's arm. "I'm ready for it," Ajayi said when asked about his feature back usage. "I prepare myself every season to take a huge workload and be able to carry the team, and I think I'm ready for that." Ajayi is one of the highest-upside running back picks in the second round.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 7:43 PM

Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen said Jay Ajayi's receiving skills are "200 percent" better than this time last year.

Christensen saw nothing but rainbows and unicorns on Saturday, adding there is "no question" Ajayi will be better this season after spending several minutes praising DeVante Parker, Laremy Tunsil, and Julius Thomas. The passing game is one area Ajayi can improve on his breakout season after averaging just 5.6 yards on 27 receptions. Ajayi was good out of the backfield in college, so it will not be surprising if he takes a step forward in that department. Already a locked-in RB1, Ajayi could push into the top five if he sees a big bump in targets.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 12:39 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jay Cutler
2Matt Moore
3Brandon Doughty
4David Fales
RB1Jay Ajayi
2Damien Williams
3Kenyan Drake
4Storm Johnson
5Senorise Perry
GLB1Jay Ajayi
2Damien Williams
3RB1Jay Ajayi
2Damien Williams
WR11Jarvis Landry
2Leonte Carroo
3Jakeem Grant
4Mitch Mathews
5Malcolm Lewis
WR21DeVante Parker
2Kenny Stills
3Rashawn Scott
4Drew Morgan
5Trey Griffey
WR31Kenny Stills
TE1Julius Thomas
2Anthony Fasano
3MarQueis Gray
4Thomas Duarte
5Chris Pantale
LT1Laremy Tunsil
2Avery Young
LG1Anthony Steen
2Isaac Asiata
3Ted Larsen
C1Mike Pouncey
2Jake Brendel
RG1Jermon Bushrod
2Kraig Urbik
RT1Ja'Wuan James
2Sam Young
3Jesse Davis
4Eric Smith
K1Andrew Franks