Despite some of the concerns surrounding Todd Gurley with his knee, this doesn’t mean the Los Angeles Rams need to consider adding another running back to the mix like Jay Ajayi.
While the Los Angeles Rams continue to do their best being patient over the situation with Todd Gurley as a result of his knee issue, an interesting take has emerged in regards to the possibility of the defending NFC champions signing Jay Ajayi as insurance.
During the 2017 season when the running back was acquired from the Miami Dolphins, Ajayi played a key role in helping the Philadelphia Eagles earn their first title in franchise history thanks to his workhorse mentality.
Unfortunately, Ajayi’s season was cut short in 2018 after suffering a torn ACL in October during a contest against the Minnesota Vikings, leaving plenty of teams concerned over whether the 26-year-old still has what it takes to be effective in the NFL.
As bad as it sounds, there were always concerns surrounding Ajayi being able to stay healthy when the Eagles brought him on board in 2017, and it’s easy to understand why teams have been hesitant towards signing the Boise State product this offseason.
Now that July is officially here, it seems like only a matter of time before one team decides to give Ajayi a chance to at least provide some depth at the running back position, but the argument can be made that team doesn’t need to be the Rams.
Recently, the folks at Bleacher Report put together a list of predictions for players still available to sign in free agency, and where they could end up, with Ajayi listed as a candidate to join the Rams.
Sure, this could easily be viewed as a situation in which Los Angeles would have nothing to lose in case Gurley’s knee continues to be an issue throughout training camp and preseason. But even if that were to end up being the case, the Rams still have plenty of other running backs to work with.
On top of Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown, keep in mind the kind of impact John Kelly made last preseason when the former Tennessee star seemed like he was going to become a steal in Sean McVay‘s offense before seeing limited action as a rookie.
Even if the case can be made that Ajayi’s veteran experience alone gives him an advantage over the other three players, this still doesn’t seem like a move the Rams need to make.
So while there are numerous reasons for Los Angeles to consider this move for Ajayi, here’s to hoping they don’t even take this option into consideration, and just stick with their current group of running backs heading into training camp.