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Overreaction Monday: Jay Ajayi Trade a Mistake?

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We all knew this topic would be coming back! Ever since Jay Ajayi was traded to the Eagles for a 4th round pick, Miami fans have been arguing with themselves about if it was worth the trade. The overreaction is that Adam Gase made a stupid move to trade Ajayi. Arguments have also been made about Gase not being able to find away to use Ajayi and Drake or that Gase can’t handle difficult players. Then Kenyan Drake exploded onto the scene and pacified Dolphin fans with his ability to create plays from nothing and explode through small running lanes. Drake showed great ability in pass protection and catching the football. Everything was good with the Ajayi trade until…. the NFC Conference Championship game last night.

The Eagles entered the game as an underdog to the Vikings, who had the #1 defense in the NFL. Nick Foles softened that defense up by completing 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and 3 TDs. Ajayi had a couple of runs to keep drives alive, but he wasn’t the focal point of the offense. Ajayi had an decent game with 18 carries for 73 yards. That’s not exactly the type of game that should make fans miss a player, but emotions run high and the lack of winning has worn on the fans.

That leads to the overreaction and readdressing the question, was the Jay Ajayi trade a mistake?

The answer is simple, NO! Look, I get it, Ajayi had three monster games last year for the Dolphins, (200 twice Buff, 200 Pitt), but it was time for the Dolphins to move on from Ajayi. That’s right, it was time for the Dolphins to move on.

Jay Ajayi didn’t exactly light the world on fire when he went to Philly. Before the trade, Ajayi rushed for 465 yards on 138 carries and no touchdowns. Far from his 2016 season for sure, but he did fair much better with the Eagles. He rushed for 408 yards on 70 carries, leading to a solid 5.8 yards per carry. Yes he did rush for more yards on less carries, but when I break those numbers down, they look less impressive.

First, let’s look at Ajayi’s two best games as an Eagle:

 

Denver 8 carries 77 yards and 1 touchdown. Not a bad game, with an average of 9.6 yards per carry. However, take his long run (46 yards) away, and his game was less impressive. 7 carries for 31 yards. 4.4 yards per carry, decent, but nothing special.

@Dallas 7 carries for 91 yards. Other than Dallas being an unimpressive rushing defense, Ajayi’s game was nothing special. He averaged 13 yards per carry, but he had a long of 71. leaving him with 6 carries for 20 yards. Not exactly setting the world on fire here.

Overall, Ajayi has had a couple of big plays with the Eagles, which was very reminiscent to his time with the Dolphins. He was always showing flashes, and then disappeared for a few games.

So if the trade was not a mistake, than who won the trade?

This question was asked to me earlier today, and it makes no sense. There is a false premise that there is a winner and loser in every trade. Much like somebody buying a car, they want to feel like they got the better of the deal. In reality, most of the time both parties got what they wanted out of the deal. Sure some times people get screwed, but most times, it works out for everybody.

The same can be said about the Ajayi trade. The Eagles needed a starting running back to team with Corey Clement and LeGarrette Blount. The Dolphins were having an issue with Ajayi not fitting in with what they wanted to do on offense. Keep in mind, Ajayi was drafted in the 5th round and was traded away for a 4th round pick 3 years later, that is a return on investment for sure.

So no, the trade was not a mistake and both the Eagles and Dolphins got good value for what they wanted. Eagles got a starting running back and Miami got a pick for a running back that didn’t fit their style.

 

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Jags’ Leonard Fournette, Jalen Ramsey, Others Remain Questionable

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a number of players on the mend, and running back Leonard Fournette and cornerback Jalen Ramsey are both questionable for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

Fournette and Ramsey aren’t alone, as running back T.J. Yeldon, cornerback D.J. Hayden, and right guard A.J. Cann are all questionable as well.

Fournette will likely be a gametime decision.

“We’ve been playing a lot of tough games,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “Players are doing the best job they can to get themselves ready to go, but we played a home opener in New York. We played a home opener here. Now we’ve got a divisional opponent.

“When you look at it a lot of teams are going through the same thing, just trying to keep everybody as healthy as they possibly can.”

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Bengals’ Billy Price Out with Leg Injury

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The Cincinnati Bengals will be without rookie center Billy Price as he is dealing with a lower left leg injury, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Dehner Jr.

“Finally figured out what it was this morning,” Price said. “Last couple days was just trying to figure out what it is and what’s the plan going forward. They thought it was an ankle now turned to a foot, there wasn’t any swelling and it wasn’t Lisfranc, so just thankful for that. That’s great news.”

Price will be re-evaluated in two weeks by doctors.

 

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Patriots Sign Corey Coleman To Practice Squad

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The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to their practice squad earlier this week, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

New England originally signed Coleman to its 53-man roster last week, but he was cut when the Patriots acquired Josh Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Pats then opted to add Coleman to their practice squad.

Coleman is close to being out of the NFL completely after his cut from the Buffalo Bills, following his bottoming out with the Cleveland Browns.

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