Philadelphia Eagles: 10 Notes from the Jay Ajayi trade
8. He’s grossly underrated as a receiver and for his pass protection.
Prior to this addition, Philly had a lot of one-dimensional guys. That was supposed to be where Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey came in. Their versatility was supposed to offset Blount, who could run but couldn’t catch.
Then, there are the other guys like Wendell Smallwood, who is supposed to be versatile but may not be a guy who can carry the ball 20 times a game. Clement has been a nice surprise, but don’t be surprised if Ajayi is a feature back in Pederson’s offense sooner rather than later.
He can do it all, including identifying pass rushers, something every other back on this roster seems to struggle with.
9. LeGarrette Blount is still the starter (for now), but there’s no reason Ajayi can’t make multiple Pro Bowls.
Ajayi already has one Pro Bowl appearance on his resume. Playing in an offense that’s tailored to his strengths means he’s probably set up to show up in a few more.