Eagles officially sign former running back Jay Ajayi
The Philadelphia Eagles seem to be having injury issues in their backfield and are bringing in a familiar face to help solve those issues. According to Ian Rapoport, Philadelphia has officially signed running back Jay Ajayi.
— NFL (@NFL) November 15, 2019
On Thursday, Rapoport reported that the Eagles were working out the veteran running back. Just a few hours later, Ajayi signed on the dotted line and made it official by signing with the team he last played for in 2018.
Before signing with the Eagles, Ajayi had been recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered with the team in 2018. After being able to overcome the injury, Ajayi had his sights on returning to the NFL in 2019.
While other teams would likely express interest, Philadelphia chose to sign the running back who was crucial to their Super Bowl run in 2017. Back in 2017, Ajayi was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Eagles midway through the season.
In his first seven games with his new team, the bruising back totaled 499 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Then, Ajayi would prove his worth in the offense in the postseason.
Despite not scoring a touchdown in the playoffs, Ajayi totaled 299 yards from scrimmage. Above all, Ajayi helped give Philadelphia an identity of being able to run the ball. As a result, Philadelphia won the first Super Bowl in their franchise’s history.
Fast forward to now and Ajayi will be joining a team that is looking to secure a playoff spot. With Darren Sproles ruled out for Week 11, the Eagles decided to bring in Ajayi to fill his void.
Currently, Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders will share the workload in the backfield. But there could come a time where Ajayi could be rotated in for certain situations.