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Jay Ajayi looking impressive in the preseason

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 24: Jay Cutler #6 of the Miami Dolphins hands the ball off to Jay Ajayi #23 in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 24, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

  • Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi looked like he was in mid-season form Thursday night against the Eagles. The running back ran for 53 yards and two touchdowns, forced three missed tackles running the ball and averaged 5.1 yards after contact. With this kind of performance, Ajayi looks like he could repeat his impressive 2016 season.
  • In 2016 Ajayi was one of the most elusive runners in the NFL, the running back forced 63 total missed tackles with 58 of those coming while running the ball. His elusive rating of 76.0 ranked third among runners with at least 104 touches (elusive rating uses missed tackle rate and yards gained after contact to measure a runner’s success beyond the point of being helped by his blockers).
  • Ajayi also gained an average of 3.46 yards after contact last season, the second highest amount among 53 qualifying running backs.

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