Philadelphia Eagles improve backfield, acquire RB Jay Ajayi
The Philadelphia Eagles already have the NFL’s best record at 7-1, and an early season MVP candidate in QB Carson Wentz. After Tuesday’s acquisition of RB Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins, the Eagles now have a scary tandem at running back and the backfield is instantly improved.
Early in the season, the Philadelphia Eagles lost playmaker Darren Sproles for the year. Next up was Wendell Smallwood, who has been hampered by injuries all season. Inconsistent play from free agent Kenjon Barner and undrafted free agent Corey Clement made running back the top need heading into the trade deadline for Philadelphia.
Enter Jay Ajayi, who has been the main back for Miami since last season.
This season has been a struggle for the 24-year-old. No touchdowns scored halfway through the season with a 3.4-yards-per-carry average are not numbers that impress. However, the Dolphins are not an offense that generally produces big-yardage running backs.
Ajayi joins an Eagles team that is an NFL-best 7-1 and currently on a six-game winning streak. The Philadelphia Eagles were expected to be looking for a left tackle after Jason Peters was lost for the season. The Eagles felt that Halapoulivaati Vaitai is an option to take Peters’ spot despite a poor performance in Sunday’s win.
Philadelphia will face Denver on Sunday in a game that will likely show what the Philadelphia Eagles have planned for the dual treats in the back field.
Elsewhere around the NFL, the trade deadline threw in a few surprises. For a third- and seventh-round pick, the Buffalo Bills acquired star WR Kelvin Benjamin from Carolina. San Fransisco hopes they found a QB as they sent a second-round pick to New England for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Overall, the NFL doesn’t have the flurry of deadline deals other sports do. However, on Halloween in 2017, some teams took a chance to improve midseason and only time will tell if it was for a trick or treat.