As of now, chances look encouraging for Jay Ajayi to make his debut for the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday. The recently aquired running back will most likely be playing a small role against the Denver Broncos as he hopes to get acclimated and learn the Birds offense. Jay Ajayi will be wearing number 36 for the Eagles, as it was previously worn by Brian Westbrook, a Philadelphia Eagles legend.
Ajayi certainly has the potential to be a great running back in the future as he has proven his talent and versatility last year with the Miami Dolphins. Along with his speed and quickness, Ajayi also has the ability to cut back and take off for some powerful runs throughout the game. Signs are all pointing in favor of Ajayi playing tomorrow, as all Eagles fans hope this is the case.
In his first game with the Eagles, Ajayi will only get around 10-15 snaps with the offense as he had a short week with the Birds. While Ajayi arrived on Tuesday, he simply did not have enough time to learn the whole playbook so therefore he will play limited snaps. Ajayi will have ample opportunity to show his elusiveness and talent with limited snaps, so he has to work with what he’s given.
As for Ajayi’s standpoint, he seems excited to be an Eagle and make his debut for Philly on Sunday. Philly’s star QB Carson Wentz was just as excited about the acquisition of Ajayi when he said “He’ll be a great fit on this team and in the locker room.” He will be willing to do whatever coach Doug Pederson asks of him as he plans to play with determination and heart throughout the rest of the season. The future star from London, stated “I strive to be great everyday,” along with his teammates in hopes of achieving success and goals throughout his career.
The addition of Ajayi certainly improves our running back core as the majority of the snaps will go to LeGarrette Blount, the starter. While Blount remains the start for now, Corey Clement and Jay Ajayi will serve as the featured backs for weeks to come. The addition of Ajayi certainly improves our chances of possibly making a deep playoff run this season (not going to say Super Bowl because I do not want to jinx it).
All in all, the Philadelphia Eagles have to feel satisfied that they only had to give up a fourth round pick in acquiring the services of the versatile, Jay Ajayi. For now, as he still learns the playbook, it must be very assuring to the Eagles to know that they finally have a young, talented running back for many years to come. Fly Eagles Fly!
Update: Jay Ajayi rushed for a 46 yard touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday’s game versus the Denver Broncos.