Eagles RB Jay Ajayi back at practice for second consecutive day
In the last few days, Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi has made progress in his recovery from a foot injury that has arisen in practice.
However, Ajayi has taken some steps forward as he has been able to take the field in the last couple of days ahead of the season opener on Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons, according to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadephia.
Jay Ajayi is back at practice for the second straight day. Good sign. #Eagles
— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 4, 2018
This should put him in line to take the field against the Falcons as he has been able to participate in practice in the first two days of the week. If Ajayi can give it a go, he will likely be the starter as he has earned that spot throughout training camp despite the team having a crowded backfield that includes the likes of Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, and Wendell Smallwood.
In his first three seasons in the league, Ajayi has established himself as one of the more productive running backs when he has been given a significant role in the backfield. Following his midseason acquisition from the Miami Dolphins, he quickly became a major factor in the backfield in his seven games with the Eagles this past season rushing for 408 yards on 70 carries for an impressive 5.8 yards per attempt. Ajayi has proven that he can be relied upon as a major piece to the puzzle behind his big-play ability and steady production in the running game.
The Eagles will likely continue to limit his carries given their approach to getting the other running backs on the roster involved. The return of Sproles and Smallwood could see both get a set role in the backfield with their key roles being more in the passing game while Clement had shown be an effective dual-threat running back. Nonetheless, it appears that Ajayi will be on the field for the season opener.