Eagles running back Jay Ajayi was puzzled by the decision to not lean on the ground game, particularly early, in Sunday’s 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings which dropped the defending champs to 2-3 on the season.
“Obviously we want to be able to run the ball early and start that rhythm early in the beginning of the game. If I remember correctly, we had maybe three carries at the end of the first quarter,” he told reporters afterwards.
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Ajayi, who is playing with a transverse fracture in his back, didn’t receive his first carry until the second quarter, and the Eagles called just four meaningful runs over the first half while falling behind 17-3.
The Eagles went run-heavy to start the second half against Minnesota and found immediate success, but Ajayi fumbled at the Vikings’ 5-yard line to squander the opportunity.
Jay Ajayi on fumble in redzone
“I’m very disappointed in doing that. Because I know that played a part in why we lost. I’m going to take that to heart. I’m going to wear that on my sleeve” pic.twitter.com/bDUmba6CSX
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