Jay Ajayi
Jay Ajayi
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Philadelphia Eagles
IR
Injury Knee - ACL
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Entering last season, Ajayi's career seemed to be on the upswing after he seized control of the starting job in the Miami backfield the year before. He offered game-breaking potential with excellent speed for a 223-pound back and improving skills as a receiver, and Ryan Tannehill's preseason knee injury left Ajayi as the clear focal point of Miami's offense. Instead, he seemed to rest on his laurels, drawing the ire of coach Adam Gase for his lackadaisical pass protection, and after seven games with 3.4 YPC he was sent to Philadelphia at the trade deadline. Joining a team with a much more crowded backfield cut into his workload, but playing for the eventual Super Bowl champs also seemed to re-focus Ajayi, and his 5.8 YPC in seven games for Philadelphia made up for his lost touches. His role heading into 2018 remains something of a mystery. He's the most obvious fit for a lead role on the roster, but the team has plenty of depth behind him if he runs afoul of another coaching staff, and he isn't likely to see much work on passing downs if Darren Sproles comes back healthy from major knee and arm injuries. Ajayi could return to the level of production he showed in 2016 if he gets a full workload behind the Eagles' excellent offensive line, but a committee role alongside Sproles and Corey Clement is more likely. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $2.5 million contract with the Dolphins in May of 2015. Traded to the Eagles in October of 2017.
ACL surgery scheduled for Thursday
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
Knee - ACL
October 8, 2018
Ajayi is slated to undergo surgery on his torn ACL this Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Ajayi emerged from Sunday's loss to the Vikings with no apparent injury, but further evaluation uncovered the season-ender, which he suffered during pass protection. Although the Eagles believe that he only suffered damage to his ACL, the upcoming procedure will confirm once and for all. On a positive note, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Ajayi injured his left knee instead his chronically-bothersome right knee, which bodes better for his prospects as a free agent in March. With Ajayi out for the season, Wendell Smallwood is the healthiest member of the Eagles backfield, which hasn't utilized Darren Sproles the past four games due to a hamstring injury and Corey Clement the last two as a result of a quadriceps injury.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    121
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
582
17
2017
509
0
2017
509
0
2018
121
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 0"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   223 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.57 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.10 sec
GREAT
Cone Drill:   7.10 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   32.00 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.00 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   39 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   121 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   19 reps
WEAK
Philadelphia Eagles Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
If Miami's signing of Arian Foster last year was intended to motivate Ajayi, mission accomplished. The second-year back did his time in a backup role, and when Foster inevitably broke down Ajayi was ready to seize the lead role for good, immediately reeling off back-to-back games with more than 200 rushing yards. Those huge performances were no fluke, as he possesses the outstanding elusiveness and balance to leave would-be tacklers flailing in the open field, along with a physical edge to his game that allows him to plow through the initial hit. Ajayi's 484 total yards after contact placed him third in the NFL behind Le'Veon Bell and David Johnson and just ahead of Ezekiel Elliott. While the fact that nearly half his production came in just three games -- he torched the Bills defense a second time for over 200 yards in Week 16, becoming the fourth back in NFL history after O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Tiki Barber to top 200 yards three times in a season -- may worry some, that volatility from week to week just leaves plenty of room for growth if he becomes more consistent. He also saw only 35 targets in the passing game, after catching 50 passes in his final season at Boise State -- another area in which Ajayi could improve on his 2016 numbers. Last year's breakout was impressive, but he may just be scratching the surface.
We don't blame anyone who wasn't impressed by Ajayi's first season. His YPC was ordinary and he only caught seven passes. Initially, the Dolphins appeared to make an investment in Ajayi in the offseason, even if it was more indirect than anything. They let Lamar Miller go and they didn't make running back a priority in the draft, though they did add Kenyan Drake from Alabama (third round). The team's addition of Arian Foster, however, gives Ajayi some serious competition, though Foster's health is a concern since he is coming off an Achilles' injury. Thus, both Drake, who had been a contender to get third-down and pass-catching work immediately, and Ajayi -- who was in line to see the bulk of the work on first and second down -- could both lose touches (and fantasy value) thanks to the presence of Foster. Coach Adam Gase went out of his way to praise Ajayi during May's minicamp, saying Ajayi had "separated himself" from the other backs, but the Foster signing suggests otherwise. While it's not uncommon to see a runner take a leap in his second season, and Ajayi has that look to him, he now faces a training camp battle with a big name running back, who has proven productive when healthy.
Ajayi had a legitimate case for being the third back taken in this year's draft after Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, but concerns about a degenerative knee condition arose at the Combine, dropping him all the way to the fifth round. Ajayi has good size and adequate speed, but it's his impressive elusiveness and agility that really stood out at Boise State, allowing him to work his way through traffic and make people miss in the open field. He also possesses a strong burst through the hole and keeps his pad level low, allowing him to regularly pick up extra yards after contact. Combined with his pass-catching ability, Ajayi profiles as a three-down back, but his regular season NFL debut won't come until midseason, given that the rookie landed on the Dolphins' short-term IR list.
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Placed on IR
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
Knee - ACL
October 8, 2018
Ajayi (knee) has been placed on IR.
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Has game to forget versus Vikings
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
October 7, 2018
Ajayi carried eight times for 29 yards and caught one pass for five yards during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Vikings. He also lost a fumble.
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Tallies 81 yards
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
September 30, 2018
Ajayi ran for 70 yards on 15 carries and added 11 yards on three catches during Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Titans.
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Head coach gives green light
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
September 28, 2018
Head coach Doug Pederson confirmed Friday morning that Ajay will be able to play through the small fracture in his back, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Plans to play through back fracture
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
September 27, 2018
Ajayi, who was a full participant in Thursday's practice, revealed that he's dealing with a small fracture in his back, but intends to play through the issue, Zach Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports. "I'm ready to roll," Ajayi said. "I feel like it's been a minute since I've played and it's only been one week. I'm chomping at the bit to get out there."
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