Ajayi to the Eagles for a 4th-Rounder
Recently, it was reported that the Miami Dolphins traded RB Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 4th-round draft pick, and boy, do I have some things to say.
Before I get into bashing my favorite football team, I would like to wish The JayTrain the best of luck in Philly. I hope you win a Super Bowl and shove it right in the Dolphins faces.
Okay, now let’s get right to it. What are we thinking!? I understand that trades are a part of the sport, but really? A 4th-rounder? I understand that Ajayi’s numbers aren’t the best this year, but that’s the Dolphins fault. The offensive line is just that…offensive. They clearly can’t push forward for the run and they aren’t great at protecting the QB, either. Aside from the lack of blocking, the offensive scheme is all wrong for the kind of runner Ajayi is. His nickname is literally “JayTrain,” which would imply that he might need some steam before meeting the line.
Instead of putting him 7 or 8 yards behind the QB in a single back set, the Dolphins put him beside the QB like they’re going to run a read option or something. There are only a couple of RBs in the league that should be lined up that way. Le’Veon Bell can line up beside Big Ben because his running style is patient. Shady McCoy can line up beside Tyrod Taylor because his QB is mobile, so they can run all sorts of options. But Ajayi, like Zeke and LaGarrett Blount, needs to get some momentum going before they hit the line of scrimmage because they thrive on contact. They are power backs.
I don’t know what else to say here. From the Dolphins’ perspective, it was just a bad trade. On the other hand, the Eagles might have just assured themselves the NFC East. It seems as if Ajayi will be the perfect compliment to their young QB, Carson Wentz, and the other three teams in the division are on the downtrend…unless the Redskins can find a receiver at the deadline. (Watch it be Jarvis Landry)
So the Eagles may win the Super Bowl and the Dolphins may end up getting a top-5 draft pick. These two franchises are going in very different directions just because of this one move. Every year, I say “let’s make this the best Trade Deadline ever,” no matter what the sport. I love trades, always have, so it’s only right that my team rips my heart out using one of my favorite things.
Again, I wish you the best, JayTrain. Keep running people over and get yourself a ring. Enjoy Wentzylvania.