Jay Ajayi
Jay Ajayi
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Philadelphia Eagles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A torn ACL in Week 5 last year ended Ajayi's season early, and heading into summer the 26-year-old had yet to find a new team in free agency. When healthy, he has shown flashes of three-down potential, with acceleration being his standout trait. But since his 2016 breakout with the Dolphins, Ajayi has had trouble establishing himself as a reliable member of a backfield - both in terms of his production and when it comes to earning the trust of his coaches. His history of knee trouble dating to his Boise State days likely isn't helping the job search. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said in March that while Ajayi should be ready for Week 1 - 11 months removed from his injury - he probably won't be ready much before that. Assuming he can prove to teams that he is on the right track, Ajayi should latch on somewhere once depth charts get thinned by training camp injuries. He is unlikely to fall into a starting role, but he probably isn't totally washed up yet. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $805,000 contract with the Eagles in November of 2019.
Plays just five snaps in win
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
December 10, 2019
Ajayi rushed twice for five yards and couldn't haul in his only target in Monday night's 23-17 win over the Giants.
Ajayi got his first carry on the Eagles' third drive of the evening, late in the first quarter. His biggest contribution came in the second quarter, when he converted a third-and-1 for a first down, but he didn't touch the ball again. Instead, Boston Scott played the complementary role to Miles Sanders, seeing 39 snaps and having a huge game in the process. Things are only going to get more muddled for Ajayi when Jordan Howard (shoulder) returns.
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How do Jay Ajayi's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Avg Yds After Contact
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How do Jay Ajayi's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 0"
223 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.57 sec
Shuttle Time
4.10 sec
Cone Drill
7.10 sec
Vertical Jump
39.0 in
Broad Jump
121 in
Bench Press
19 reps
Hand Length
10.00 in
Arm Length
32.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Sees just two touches in loss
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
December 2, 2019
Ajayi carried twice for nine yards in Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Dolphins.
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Gets six carries
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
November 24, 2019
Ajayi carried the ball six times for 16 yards in the team's Week 12 loss to the Seahawks.
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Should see action in Week 12
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
November 22, 2019
Head coach Doug Pederson said Friday morning he expects Ajayi to see action in Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
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Confined to emergency role
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
November 18, 2019
Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Ajayi was only available as an emergency option during Week 11's 17-10 loss to the Patriots, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
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Making 2019 debut
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
November 17, 2019
Ajayi is listed as active Sunday against the Patriots, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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