The Eagles done a vital dash before a NFL trade deadline by appropriation Pro Bowl regulating behind Jay Ajayi from a Miami Dolphins for a 2018 fourth-round collect Tuesday, bolstering their backfield for a second half of a deteriorate and serve cementing their standing as a contender.
Ajayi, 24, finished fourth in a NFL in rushing final deteriorate with 1,272 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. His prolongation has forsaken this year – he has 465 rushing yards and 3.4 yards per lift – yet he is a intensity lead regulating behind in an offense that has relied on a cabinet backfield during a initial half of a season. Linebacker Jordan Hicks was placed on harmed haven to open a register mark for Ajayi, a 6-foot, 223-pound Boise State product.
“This is a physical, downhill regulating behind who can collect adult yards after contact,” pronounced Howie Roseman, a Eagles’ executive clamp boss of football operations. “He can make people miss. … When we watch him, if there’s an alley, he’s removing something. He’s also going to levy his will on defenders.”
It’s misleading how Ajayi’s attainment will impact an offense already ranked No. 5 in a NFL in rushing, with maestro starter LeGarrette Blount averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Roseman pronounced Blount stays a starter before amending his criticism and deferring to a coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich pronounced manager Doug Pederson will residence Ajayi’s role; Pederson will reason a Wednesday news conference. But Roseman pronounced Blount was not worried by a trade.
“We are counting on LeGarrette going brazen here,” Roseman said. “This [trade] is no thoughtfulness of any of those regulating backs. … LeGarrette’s awesome. He wants to win. He’s won. He’s all about winning. He’s been in situations before where there have been prolific backs on a team. He’s been a extensive group man given he’s walked in a building and a personality for this football team. Nothing altered today.”
It’s probable for Ajayi and Blount to coexist, yet Wendell Smallwood competence see a reduced role. Corey Clement is a pivotal special-teams author and Kenjon Barner is a tip punt returner, so a Eagles need to find a approach for it to work with 5 regulating backs. But it’s a good problem to have, since Ajayi is a intensity difference-maker.
As impressive as Ajayi has been in his immature career, he doesn’t fit a form of a third-down regulating behind who excels in shell pick-up that a Eagles indispensable coming a trade deadline, nonetheless his 50 catches as a youth during Boise State shows that he can be a prolific receiver out of a backfield and a Dolphins have worked with him on his restraint to try to make him a three-down regulating back. The Eagles had a first-hand demeanour during Ajayi when a Dolphins used in Philadelphia in August, and he left a team’s scouting staff with a auspicious impression.
“He’s one of a guys that when we came behind after those practices, we said, ‘That’s a kind of guy,’ ” Roseman said. “He’s got a genius that we’re looking for. He brings a kind of participation and he plays a kind of approach that we wish to play and that we wish to paint a football group and a fans with.”
But whenever a 24-year-old Pro Bowler is traded, it’s value wondering because his former group would trade him. Reports out of Miami indicated there were concerns about a long-term health of Ajayi’s knees. His opinion also did not brew good with a group enlightenment and locker-room chemistry, according to a Miami Herald.
As for a health, Roseman pronounced that’s because players go by physicals and a usually reports a Eagles caring about are a ones that come from their medical staff. As to a opinion questions, Roseman pronounced a Eagles researched Ajayi before a breeze and a trade, and also have a good bargain of because a Dolphins were encouraged to make a understanding formed on a tighten attribute between a dual front offices. He was unmotivated about how Ajayi would fit into a agreeable Eagles locker room.
“We weren’t going to move anyone here that would interrupt group chemistry,” Roseman said. “We feel really assured and gentle about a player.”
The trade was not usually about a final 8 games of a deteriorate and a intensity playoff run. Ajayi is usually a third-year actor who is on a cost-controlled agreement by 2018. So a Eagles will have Ajayi during an affordable cost during slightest by subsequent season, giving them a immature starter during a position that lacked long-term clarity. This was not a rental.
They indispensable to obey a breeze preference from an already-depleted collection of picks. The Eagle already traded their second-, third-, and seventh-round picks in prior deals. They still possess dual fourth-round picks and dual fifth-round picks, giving them 6 sum picks in 2018. But Ajayi gives them a young, proven actor and alleviates a vivid need during regulating behind entering a draft, creation a cost bearable.
Concerns about a breeze can wait until a spring, though. At 7-1, a Eagles have a legitimate possibility this season. They became a improved group on Tuesday, promulgation a summary to Eagles fans and a rest of a NFL with their many important trade-deadline understanding in new memory.
“It’s positively opposite when we are 7-1 than if you’re carrying a losing season,” Roseman said. “But during a same time, we are not going to do anything that puts us in a bad mark going forward. … If there are opportunities to urge a team, and urge where we’re at, we have a shortcoming to a people on a field, to a people off a field, and to a fans to weigh everything.”
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