Adam Gase on Jay Ajayi: He wants to be counted on in every situation

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Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen has talked about the improvement he’s seen from running back Jay Ajayi on the field on more than one occasion this offseason.

Head coach Adam Gase has also noticed a difference in Ajayi when it comes to his mental approach to the game. He said that he thinks things have “slowed down” for the running back, which has been illustrated by asking “really quarterbackish questions” about the offense and his role in it.

That role is set to be a leading one when the Dolphins are running the ball and Gase said that Ajayi wants it to remain that way even when they aren’t trying to grind out yards on the ground.

“He wants to be a guy that can be counted on for second and third down,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “He does not want to come off the field. Everyone gets concerned with the amount of carries and his physical style of running and we’ll handle that as we go. But I love the mentality that he has right now. He wants to be a guy that’s relied on right now. He’s our bell cow running back. At the same time he’s our top third-down guy and red area and two-minute guy. He wants to be the guy that no matter what the situation is we’ll have him in the game.”

Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake are the next backs on the depth chart in Miami and both play a lot on special teams, which may be their surest route to the field if the offseason talk about Ajayi’s increased versatility pays off come September.

4 responses to “Adam Gase on Jay Ajayi: He wants to be counted on in every situation

  1. Nice to see a physical team in Miami again with guys like Ajayi, Jarvis and Suh… Add Timmons to the mix and a healthy Reshard Jones, and this team could do some damage this year.

  2. Ajayi is a beast, but in the NFL an every down back must know all assignmentsof the blocking schemes. He worked hard this off-season as a receiver and routes, but needs to improve block blocking assignments. He is a solid physicalblocker, but at times picked up the wrong defender and some teams had a few gimme sacks and went untouched on Tannehill and Moore. I hope Drake can blossom as quickly as Ajayi did. What a backfield!

  3. I predict the fins will be a wild card team again this year. I do not think they are ready to eclipse the Patriots but the fins are still a good and improving team.

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