Eagles RB Jay Ajayi feels like the ‘forgotten’ RB in NFC East
The NFC East has seemingly become a division full of talented running backs that feature that includes the Philadelphia Eagles with their crowded backfield.
Much of the shine has gone away from running back Jay Ajayi as the spotlight has been on the other promising players such as Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott and New York Giants rookie Saquon Barkley. Ajayi acknowledged this notion by stating that he feels like he is the forgotten player at his position in the division, according to Zach Berman of Philly.com.
“Obviously, those guys get a lot of the publicity,” Ajayi said. “I’m ready to showcase again to the world who I am as a running back. At the end of the day, I do feel like the world’s forgotten about the kind of player that I [am] when I’m playing at the best of my ability and the kind of things I can do on the football thing. I’m excited to go back out there and do that. Especially given the role that I should be in this year and what they’re saying.
In his first three years in the league, Ajayi has established himself as one of the more productive running backs when given the opportunity to start. He was able to show that he could be 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 carry. Granted, he had the luxury of playing behind one of the better offensive lines, he was able to be a game-changing factor in the running game.
Ajayi will have the chance to do that once again as the starter next season with LeGarrette Blount now out of the picture, but will likely have his number of carries limited as the Eagles have distributed their carries to their crop of talent at that position. He will have to compete for playing time with the likes of Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, and Wendell Smallwood.
Nonetheless, it is Ajayi’s chance to separate himself as one of the top running backs in not only NFC East but the league.