Dolphins rookie Ajayi could boost run game


After cracking a rib in the preseason finale, Dolphins rookie running back Jay Ajayi was placed on injured reserve/designated for return.

He could be activated in time for this weekend’s game, and Ajayi is hoping he gets a chance to make an impact.

“I would probably say this has been the longest eight weeks of my life,” Ajayi told reporters.

A couple big games by Lamar Miller have helped the Dolphins’ run game, and Jonas Gray, who was initially on the practice squad after being cut by the Patriots, has been more involved in recent weeks. But a healthy Ajayi could probably still be at least a part-time contributor.

An early entry to the draft out of Boise State, Ajayi slipped to the fifth round of last spring’s draft amid public chatter about a potential knee injury. In the final preseason game, he carried nine times for 66 yards and added two catches for 37 yards before the injury.

Ajayi returned to practice two weeks ago, as soon as he was eligible.

“I’m ready to get it going,” Ajayi said. “I feel like I’m an all-around back that can also make big plays for this team.”

10 responses to “Dolphins rookie Ajayi could boost run game

  1. Bringing in Ajayi sounds good. But over the years we have not put play makers in the best position to make plays. ie, Reggie Bush, Wes Welker, Mike Wallace and more recent Jennings and Parker. Until we learn how to better utilize player talent if we bring Tom Brady in and don’t know how to use him it’s just all talk.

  2. Let’s hope so. He was impressive when given an opportunity. Our offense needs a running game to be effective. Tannehill, so far, has not shown the ability to win a game on his own.

  3. Just gotta hope Lazor sticks with the running game.
    Forcing Tannehill to throw a majority of the game has produced disastrous results, he’s just not that kind of QB unfortunately. When the offense is balanced, the team plays much better.

  4. Ajayi may be a beast, but our front line has never been.
    And will only be worse with a backup RT.
    Will be tough to run to the right if you can’t seal the outside.

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