The Philadelphia Eagles clearly would have been just fine without Jay Ajayi at running back during the 2019 season.
Desperation was clearly kicking in for the Philadelphia Eagles back in the middle of November when the team decided to bring Jay Ajayi back on a second stint with the team to help provide depth at the running back position.
Between the loss of Darren Sproles for the season to go along with Jordan Howard dealing with a shoulder injury that has turned out to be more serious than originally expected, it was obvious the Eagles were in need of help at the running back position.
But when it comes to the decision to sign Ajayi, this was clearly a move of desperation by Philadelphia, and the last month has made this seem even more like the case.
While Eagles fans will forever be grateful for what Ajayi did during the 2017 season after he was acquired from the Miami Dolphins to help the team earn their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, the running back is the perfect example of how quickly things could change.
One can only imagine how different the circumstances would have been for the rest of 2018 and beyond if Ajay didn’t suffer that unfortunate torn ACL injury, but also Philadelphia will always need to do what is best for the team, which is why they didn’t rush to bring him back for 2019.
At the time of the signing in November, the Eagles knew they had nothing to lose in giving Ajayi another shot. But looking back at the decision along with the team’s current situation, it’s pretty clear re-signing the running back was a mistake, and here are some reasons to support the claim.