3 reasons the Eagles made a mistake trading for Jay Ajayi
The Eagles shook up the sports world this morning by trading a fourth round pick to the Miami Dolphins for running back Jay Ajayi. At first glance, this is a shocking move that supposedly makes the Eagles better. I’m not buying it.
Those who are regulars to the site or our podcast, know I am a Cowboys fan–and as a Cowboys fan, I love this move by the Eagles. Here are three reasons why this is actually a bad trade for Philadelphia…
1. Ajayi is overrated
Ajayi made a name for himself last season recording back-to-back 200 yard games and three total over the course of the season–but besides that what has he done? Nothing, really. In fact, in 16 of his last 22 games he hasn’t managed 80 yards rushing with an average of 47 yards per game during that span. That’s nothing that is going to make the Eagles better as a team. He isn’t a receiving back, which is what the Eagles lost when Darren Sproles went down earlier in the season. Ajayi had a career-high 27 receptions last season in Miami–not good.
Trading for a running back mid-season doesn’t speak success that same season either. Ajayi will have to learn a new playbook, calls, verbiage and new teammates. It could take a while before Ajayi feels comfortable in Philadelphia and produces on the field.
The Eagles are 7-1 and the locker room is feeling very good about themselves. How do you think those running backs on the roster feel about this move? Probably not too happy—LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement aren’t known as great locker room guys and if they feel disrespected they could turn that positive locker room sour.
3. Injury issues
The reason why the Dolphins gave up on Ajayi is because they aren’t confident his knees will be able to hold up for any period of time. He isn’t able to consistently practice leading up to games, which will affect his chances of learning the Eagles system in a speedy manner. The running back position is already an injury waiting to happen and for a guy with chronic knee issues, that only adds fuel to the fire.
I like the risk the Eagles front office made seeing that they are going ‘all-in’ this season with their 7-1 start, but I don’t see this as a move that will vault you to a Super Bowl. Only time will tell, but don’t expect Ajayi to all of a sudden become the RB1 he was at times last season.
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