Steve Mitchell

Dolphins' Jay Ajayi Emerges at RB

Despite beating the Philadelphia Eagles 20-19, the Miami Dolphins had a bright spot at RB with the emergence of rookie Jay Ajayi.

The Miami Dolphins are not going to make the playoffs. But that doesn't meant that some Dolphins players don't still have something to play for. One of those players is Jay Ajayi, the fifth round pick out of Boise State. Ajayi has had a chip on his shoulder ever since going in the fifth round of this year's NFL Draft. Ajayi, believing he should have been drafted higher, entered the season with critics claiming that his knee injury he suffered more than three years ago would prohibit him from reaching his true potential in the NFL.

Ajayi is back from this injury and ready to prove these critics wrong.

In just two games getting limited reps with the Dolphins, Ajayi has totaled a ridiculous 89 yards on 11 attempts, for an average of 8.1 yards per carry. He broke off two runs of 20+ yards against the Eagles in Miami's 20-19 win this past Sunday. 

With the recent emergence of Lamar Miller this season, it is not surprising to see that Ajayi hasn't gotten more touches in his first two games back. I expect that to change next week against the Cowboys. Expect Ajayi to get more and more touches each week, and expect the Dolphins to start incorporating more two running back sets into their offense. 

In other news, rookies Zach Vigil played well for the Dolphins Sunday at both linebacker and on special teams, where he blocked a Donnie Jones punt that led to a 'Fins TD. 

Rookies Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett also played well in a bruised up secondary for Miami. Expect more from these rookies if Brent Grimes and Brice McCain can't play against the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday. 


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