Head coach Doug Pederson suggested Friday that Ajayi could take on a heavier workload in future weeks, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.
Ajayi had a tremendous 2016 season with the Dolphins, rushing for a career-high 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also one of the main catalysts in leading Miami to the playoffs that season while showing the NFL he could potentially be a feature back.
That was not the case last season as Ajayi struggled through the first eight games. He only accumulated 465 rushing yards and averaged a disappointing 3.4 yards per carry.
But when he switched conferences last October, the former first-round had a resurgence with the Eagles in their running back by committee system. After Jay Ajayi got just three carries in the first half of Thursday's 18-12 win over the Falcons, the Eagles finally started to hand him the rock in the second half. It worked.
Ajayi finished with 15 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles got a W. The Eagles simply need to make a more concerted effort to get him involved earlier. Because while Darren Sproles and Corey Clement are going to be big parts of this offense, Ajayi is the best running back on the squad. Even if he isn't completely healthy.
Ajayi missed practice for the couple weeks before the season opener and gradually returned to practice this week. He thinks that's why he wasn't used heavily early Thursday night.
"Obviously, not playing, practicing for a couple weeks, you don't ever want to throw someone in the fire right away," Ajayi said. "Obviously, that was the way the coaches set up the game plan. As running backs, we go when our number's called. Me, I just stay ready, stay focused.
"I was very hungry tonight. Even though I don't feel 100, I wanted to be out there and help us keep moving forward and do what I can to help the offense." The running back by committee carried Philadelphia throughout last season and it can do the same thing for them this season. Nevertheless, Ajayi is already proving that the Eagles need to continue to feed him the ball.