Eagles say Zach Ertz will play, no call on Jay Ajayi yet

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The Eagles offense welcomed a new face this week when the team made a trade with the Dolphins for running back Jay Ajayi, but it’s not clear at this point if they’ll be playing with him on Sunday.

Coach Doug Pederson said, via multiple reports, at his Friday press conference that no decision has been made at this point about putting Ajayi in the lineup against the Broncos. Ajayi has had a few days in Philly to get acquainted with the offense and will have two weeks before they return to the field after facing Denver.

LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner are the other running backs on hand in Philly.

Whether Ajayi plays or not, the offense will have tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz popped up on the injury report Thursday with a hamstring issue, but Pederson said Ertz is good to go against Denver. The tight end leads the team with 43 catches, 528 receiving yards and six touchdown catches.

7 responses to “Eagles say Zach Ertz will play, no call on Jay Ajayi yet

  1. jam11163 says:
    November 3, 2017 at 11:11 am
    Had he’s going to have a good day. The broncos cannot stop the tight ends.
    Fact. Kelce could’ve gone for 200 yds if Reid had bothered to feed him the ball.

  2. Good news on ertz… as for Ajayi, I think it’s silly and useless to play him. Give him the time and the bye is next week.

  3. Uh. Find out what plays Ajayi is comfortable running, and use him for those.

    Let’s not overthink this. It’s not like this is his first game of the season or he’s not in playing shape.

  4. Pederson better be showing some gamesmanship, because there is absolutely no reason not to use Ajayi. I have never heard of a team trading for or adding a rb and not using him that week. Its not like he needs to learn the playbook. You teach him a few plays and let him run them. Heck he doesnt have to learn any plays to be effective. All he has to do is listen to Wentz. Wentz tells him hes running through this hole in this formation, your responsible for blocking here, you running a wheel or curl or flat or texas. Its literally that simple. Adrian Peterson got like 30 plays and gained over 100 or so yards in the same amount of time. Dont tell me Ajayi cant do the same.

    Ill be so pissed if he doesnt play. Denver hasnt been great lately but they could easily turn back into the team they were 2 years ago with Ozweiler. They better not be expecting the team that couldnt complete a pass or turned the ball over constantly.

    Against this D we need a guy who his quick and can pass block. Nobody can do that for the Eagles other then Ajayi.

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