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RB Jay Ajayi - Philadelphia Eagles

6-0, 221Born: 6-15-1993College: Boise StateDrafted: Round 5, pick 2015

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Ajayi was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL

Week 15: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Eagles backfield has shifted in recent weeks with the activation of Darren Sproles and the Week 14 injury to Corey Clement, which is likely to keep him out for multiple games by early reports. Sproles adds a dynamic nature to the position to complement the power running of Josh Adams. The Eagles struggled against Dallas in Week 14, a notable departure from their previous two weeks of success on the ground. Josh Adams saw a mere seven carries as the Eagles went to a pass-heavy approach despite a few solid runs from Adams early on. The Eagles have yet to fuel even a 90-yard rusher in a game this season despite the success of Josh Adams of late and some solid games from Jay Ajayi early in the year. For the season, the Eagles are bottom-10 in yards per carry and total rushing attempts. The Rams rushing defense has been a concern in recent weeks as they have continued to be exploited by their lack of linebacking play and have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards per game since week 9. Rolling out Mark Barron and Cory Littleton make up one of the worst linebacking groups in football. The Bears' combo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen gutted the Rams for a combined stat line of 28-170-0 last week and Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis did the same in Week 10. The Rams turning the game script negative on opponents has hidden this struggles for much of the season, but Los Angeles has allowed the fourth-most runs of 20 or more yards in the NFL and an NFL-high 5.1 yards per carry while being in the bottom-10 of rushes allowed.

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

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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Schedule

15@ Los Angeles Rams
16vs Houston Texans
17@ Washington Redskins