The turning point in the 2016 season for the Dolphins came in Week Six when the 1-4 team beat up on the Steelers in a 30-15 win.
It was also a turning point for running back Jay Ajayi, who ran for 204 yards on his way to taking over the lead role in the backfield for the rest of the season. Ajayi would have two more games of 200-plus yards and ended the season by playing in his first playoff game and Pro Bowl.
The Dolphins lost that playoff game, but it was a step forward for both the team and the second-year back. Ajayi says he and the team has to focus on “building off of it and not getting complacent.”
“I was kind of able to set a foundation for what I can do this year,” Ajayi said, via ESPN.com. “I think the thing to is set it as a baseline and just see where I can go from there. I definitely want to be consistent and have multiple productive years, continue to be productive. So that’s the goal, increasing the production.”
Ajayi ran for 624 yards in those three games with more than 200 yards and 648 yards in the other 12 games he played in 2016, so increased consistency certainly looks like a good goal for him to set for 2017.