According to numerous reports, former Eagles RB Jay Ajayi is set to work out with the team whom he formerly won a Super Bowl with.
Ajayi hasn’t played since tearing his ACL in week 5 of the 2018 season, but averaged a staggering 5.8 yards per carry during his Super Bowl-winning season in 2017, racking up 408 yards on 70 carries.
This is significant. Jordan Howard has been a new name listed on the Eagles injury report and Darren Sproles joined him on Thursday’s release. Howard has been the team’s bell-cow back this season and has performed exceptionally well, currently averaging a new career-high in yards per carry, and already racking up 525 yards on the season to go with 6 rushing touchdowns.
If Howard’s injury is more damaging than we’re currently aware of, the Eagles would be forced to rely on Miles Sanders, who has found his niche as the perfect complement to Howard’s bowling-ball style. Ajayi would fit that same mold, providing he can hit the hole with the assertion as he did before that ACL tear in week five last year.
In 42 regular-season games, Ajayi has rushed for 2,516 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He rushed for 184 yards in the postseason and had a glowing record upon his arrival in the City of Brotherly Love, with a Pro Bowl and a pair of 200+ yard games to his name. The only problem was staying healthy and that proved to be the case in Philadelphia as well.
Ajayi is an intriguing option. He knows the team, the playbook, and the coaching staff, and is clearly a fit in this scheme. But a decision to bring him in this late into proceedings would surely be a sign of concern for the health of Jordan Howard just as the team are beginning to get the best out of him.
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