Some Thoughts on the Jay Ajayi Trade

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I’m stunned.

Jay Ajayi had three games with more than 200 yards rushing last season, and four total over 100 yards. Take a look at his game log:

In the words of the great O-Town, it’s All or Nothing. Ajayi’s three massive early-season games put the league on notice, and opponents somewhat adjusted to his big-play ability. There was a four-week stretch where he had three performances averaging less than three yards per game, and another averaging over five but on only 12 carries. He followed that up with a 32-carry, 206-yard performance against the Bills.

This season, however, those big games haven’t come – Ajayi has one 100+ yard game, against the Falcons – and his longest run is only 21 yards. He has 465 rushing yards on 3.4 yards per carry and no touchdowns. That’s not gonna cut it. But then again, he plays for a dreadful offense which has the fewest yards in the league– by a wide margin.

Ajayi is always looking for the big play, something that concerned Adam Gase, whose team inexplicably has a winning record while scoring only six points (total) in its three loses:

Cool.

The good news is the Eagles could use that big play threat. Losing Darren Sproles hurt them in this regard, and it appears that the team doesn’t view Wendell Smallwood, who got only one carry this week, as the answer. Kenjon Barner is unreliable and Corey Clement is just fine. Ajayi is not only that player, but he’s a big back who can carry it 20+ times per game. To say he’s the perfect complement to Blount, or the perfect upgrade to Blount, would be an understatement. The Eagles all of a sudden have a very formidable running game, at the expense of a fourth round pick, of which they had three.

Ajayi has had some knee issues, and is reported to have a bit of a temper, but perhaps a change of scenery will do him good. There’s little risk for the Eagles. Ajayi will make only $615k this year and is owed just $705k next year. And then there’s this, which makes me just the slightest bit horny:

Brandon Lee Gowtown points out that Ajayi also fairly decent at pass blocking, which is also something the Eagles need in Jason Peters’ absence:

The Eagles are clearly going for it here. Is that smart? I don’t know. As expected, they still have the toughest part of their schedule coming up – Cowboys twice, Seahawks, Rams, and a tough Broncos defense – which I think may be getting overlooked. They’re also without one of their best players in Peters. We still don’t know how much his loss will impact the team. Remember what happened last year when Lane Johnson went out?

So, I still don’t know if I believe the Eagles are Super Bowl contenders – they have all the makings of a team that peaks in the first half – but they are in a great position to compete for a bye, and trading a fourth round pick for a potential star running back is a great move. I like it, a lot.

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11 Comments

  • 9 years ago I got my dick sucked after the phils parade October 31, 2017 at 10:48 am

    This is howie’s cliff lee trade

    • Kyle Scott October 31, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Not quite, but it’s pretty good.

  • BRIANDAWKINS#20 October 31, 2017 at 10:55 am

    WE ALREADY HAVE THE BEST QB TO PLAY IN TH ELEAGUE IN THE LAST DECADE. LET’S GET METALTRON TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT AND THE ROAD TO THE TROPHY WILL BE A CAKE WALK .

    • Coconut Oil October 31, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Maybe it’s just me, but I’d prefer Megatron.

  • Sick of Jeff from Camden and Chris from Williamstown calling both stations October 31, 2017 at 10:55 am

    In Jay Ajayi’s defense, he was running behind a wretched oline, that’s currently ranked 30th in run blocking, so cut him some slack.

  • Coconut Oil October 31, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Kyle, what specifically do you mean when you noted that ” they have all the makings of a team that peaks in the first half”? Unless you’re referring to key injuries, what else about their roster, play calling, etc causes you to think they might have peaked?

    • Kyle Scott October 31, 2017 at 11:26 am

      I think they will ultimately wind up playing easier half of the schedule in first half. Losing Jason Peteres and Jordan Hicks hurts a lot. It seems one team every year does this sort of thing and ultimately comes up short. They’re probably playing a bit over their heads at the moment. That’s all.

  • Ron heller October 31, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Can see Levi from overbrook Park going crazy over macnow name dropping him in his metro article

    • Get a life October 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Nobody reads Macnow’s Metro articles.

  • Chase utley’s World Series benchingb October 31, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    This sounds like the knee issue is worse than Miami is letting on. Only way this trade makes sense.

  • Steve October 31, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Best part about this trade? It ensures that the Cowboys didnt get him to fill in for Zeke

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