Typically, the NFL trade deadline is a dull affair where barely-there playoff teams make minimal moves to bolster their postseason run. This year shattered expectations as blockbuster trades have been flying around the league. The Eagles got in the mix, and traded one of their 4th round draft picks in the 2018 draft for a young player at a position of need. Jay Ajayi, a 5th round pick in 2015 by the Dolphins, was originally born in London before moving to the states at a young age. He eventually moved to Texas for high school football and spent three seasons at Boise State before entering the draft.
After then-Dolphins RB Lamar Miller went down with an injury, Ajayi’s workload continued to increase, and he had a career year in 2016. That season he rushed for 204-yards in Week 6, then 216-yards the following week, making him only the fourth player in NFL history to do so. Oh, and he also went for 206 yards in Week 16, making him one of 15 players with 200+ rushing yard games in a season. He earned Pro Bowl honors that year, but has been somewhat stagnant in Miami’s flattened and demoralized offense. This season, he has rushed 138 times for 465 yards (3.4 yards per carry) while scoring ZERO touchdowns.
The Eagles obviously have LeGarrette Blount as their beast mode back. Ajayi is easily beast mode lite. While his stats this year do not jump of the screen, he still has the power and explosiveness to be a Top Five back in this NFL. The Londoner (?) is only 24-years old and, if all goes well, should remain with the Bird Gang for a few more years.
Ajayi will provide a lethal power running duo while alleviating some wear-and-tear off of the aging LeGarrette Blount. The Birds need to keep that big body of Blount fresh and healthy when the temperature drops, and defenders are going to wince at the attempt of having to tackle him in freezing conditions. Just when you think the Eagles’ season could not get better, they go out and trade for one of the best young backs in the league. GO HOWIE GO! FLY EAGLES FLY!!!!