It sure didn’t take long for Jay Ajayi to make an impact with his new team.
The 24-year-old running back made a strong debut with the Eagles in Philadelphia’s 51-23 drubbing of the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Despite only taking eight carries, Ajayi lead the Birds in total rushing yards with 77. His biggest highlight was the 46-yard touchdown run.
Everyone, the #JayTrain his pulling into to the station and he demands 6#Eagles 31 #Broncos 9https://t.co/hq79qKmvih— BGN Radio (@BGN_Radio) November 5, 2017
Now, Ajayi clearly had good blocking on most of his runs. So let’s not forget to credit the Eagles’ outstanding offensive line.
But you can also see Ajayi’s raw talent on display. With all due respect, LeGarrette Blount probably isn’t scoring a touchdown on that play. Blount simply doesn’t have that kind of home run speed, which is part of the reason why the Eagles acquired Ajayi.
Ajayi also showed off his physicality on the 14-yard run he had before his score. Look at how Ajayi breaks a tackle from Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall and then keeps fighting for extra yards. Great stuff.
Jay Train breaks a tackle and then keeps his legs churning. Tough to stop. #Eagles pic.twitter.com/LJnvE5VVu8— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 6, 2017
But wait. Isn’t Ajayi a locker room cancer, just like those Miami reporters said he was? Isn’t Blount going to have an issue with this trade?
You tell me.
LeGarrette Blount ran from the sideline to the end zone to celebrate Jay Ajayi’s first TD. He was super hype. #Eagles pic.twitter.com/jPqLDW5nqQ— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 6, 2017
Choo choo.#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/tYGKNk38Yb— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 5, 2017
Here’s what Blount had to say about his new teammate after the game.
“[His drought] ended today. I’m excited to have him here because I’ve been a fan of his all the way back to last year. He’s a really good player and is an exciting and dynamic player to watch. I like him a lot, and for the few days he was at practice this week, he said we’re going to be good and get this. They told us that we had to run the football on these guys, and that’s something he was really excited about, as you could see.”
Ajayi was able to make a big impact for the Eagles despite only being acquired by Philadelphia on Tuesday. Now he can take advantage of the bye week and really dive into the playbook.
The Eagles got this dude for a fourth round pick. Lol Dolphins.