Carson Wentz has a New Running Back on Offense After Eagles Trade
Carson Wentz has already helped the Philadelphia Eagles become one of the best offenses in the NFL, and now he just received some more help in his backfield.
The Eagles traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for running back Jay Ajayi. The trade comes just hours ahead of the NFL trade deadline at 3 p.m. today.
Ajayi has rushed for 465 yards on 138 carries (3.4 average) so far this season, with no touchdowns. While that might seem alarming, keep in mind that Ajayi is coming off a brilliant 2016 season when he ran for 1,272 yards on 260 carries (4.9 average) with 8 touchdowns. A change of scenery could be the thing to get Ajayi back to that form. Should that be the case, he and LeGarrette Blount prove to be one of the toughest running back tandems in the NFL.
While the Eagles haven't exactly struggled to run the football with 129.3 yards per game on the ground which is good for 5th in the NFL, the addition of Ajayi is sure to give a boost to an already perennial offense.
Ajayi, 24, is in just his 3rd season and his rookie contract runs through the 2018 season.
The Eagles have continued to surround Carson Wentz with weapons to use on offense. Ajayi gives them another playmaking running back that solidifies their backfield that's already not too shabby.
The Eagles (7-1) will host the Denver Broncos this Sunday at noon.