RB Jay Ajayi - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-0, 221||Born: 6-15-1993||College: Boise State||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
News you need to know
General News (Mon Jan 28): Ajayi's history of knee injuries will likely cause the Eagles to part ways with him this offseason and target a running back in the 2019 NFL Draft, in the opinion of Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Week 21: bye week
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Jay Ajayi's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 5 vs MIN (8 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Ajayi continues to be heavily managed in his snaps despite Corey Clement and Darren Sproles being out this week. Wendell Smallwood was a significant presence in the Eagles running back committee despite Ajayi running well. Ajayi had minimal involvement in the passing game, but showed nice cutting ability on three notable carries. Ajayi's most notable misstep came on a critical red zone fumble late in the game of the close loss. It has been apparent through the multiple iterations of the Eagles running back depth chart early in the season, Ajayi would have needed quality goal line looks for a successful game as his opportunities for higher volume will be minimal - but now they are zero since he has been shelved for the season with an ACL tear.
2018 Week 4 vs TEN (15 / 70 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
By necessity Jay Ajayi saw an uptick in snaps and role against the Titans in Week 4 with Corey Clement and Darren Sproles inactive. Ajayi's 18 touches mark an early-season high. Ajayi saw significant snaps early in the game especially, but his best plays came later. In addition to his 70 rushing yards, Ajayi had a 20+ rushing gain called back by penalty. Ajayi also contributed a powerful chunk gain on the ground through contact in overtime and another 15+ yard gain as the Eagles drove for a potential game-winning score. Despite Clement and Sproles being inactive, Ajayi was still the early-down back and Wendell Smallwood saw most of the hurry-up and obvious passing situation snaps.
2018 Week 2 vs TB (7 / 23 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
For a second straight week, Ajayi's usage was heavily managed. In Week 2, Ajayi dominated snaps on the opening drive, but sparsely played until the second half. While Ajayi managed a goal line touchdown, his snaps were low and he was seen on the sideline working on his lower body between touches at times. Outside of the touchdown, Ajayi's lone impact was a huge hole for 20 yards, most of his production for the game, early in the second half. Even with Darren Sproles out, Ajayi had minimal use in the passing game with a single target and Corey Clement being the clear preferred pass-catcher for the position.
2018 Week 1 vs ATL (15 / 62 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ajayi ended up with a decent snap share (39%), but most of his usage came in the second half. Over the first two quarters the Eagles' rotation was firmly Darren Sproles and Corey Clement. Ajayi's lone contribution in the first half was a broken tackle off a spin move for nine yards. In the second half, however, Ajayi dominated the backfield and looked like a feature back. Ajayi nearly broke a long run, but stumbled in the hole after less than 10 yards, a missed opportunity for a big gain. Ajayi's two touchdowns both came in the second half and breaking tackles in the red zone.
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