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Jay Ajayi trade reactions: “The Eagles got a steal”

The Eagles have a new RB!

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All the NFL insiders said the Philadelphia Eagles were going to be active and aggressive prior to the league’s trade deadline. They were right! The Eagles made a big move on Tuesday to acquire running back Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick.

Here’s how everyone is reacting to the big news.

Here’s something ESPN’s Bill Barnwell had to say about the trade.

The Dolphins were struggling on offense last year until Adam Gase made the call to abandon his running back rotation and hand the job over to Jay Ajayi. After a loss to the Titans, Ajayi ran for 204 yards in a win over the Steelers, and the offense was significantly better the rest of the way. Even during his breakout season, though, Ajayi was a big-play back who wasn't inclined to keep the offense on schedule. He ranked 13th in DVOA, but 32nd in Success Rate. This year, the big plays have mostly disappeared -- Ajayi has zero runs of 25 yards or more after racking up six of them last year -- and Gase grew publicly frustrated with Ajayi's propensity to seek out the big play in lieu of hitting the hole and taking what was blocked. That's the challenge at the heart of this trade. The Eagles, who are predicated upon efficiency, think they can take Ajayi and coach him into a back who stays within the offensive scheme and still makes big plays. Gase apparently didn't think he could, which says a lot about how dysfunctional the Miami offense is right now.

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