- Outside-zone run-plays destroyed Pittsburgh today. Repeatedly dominated on the outside, not so much by Ajayi himself but by Miami's previously hapless O-line.
- Ajayi showed that he has enough speed to breakaway at the NFL level. It's not elite, but it's fast enough. Before this game I wasn't sure.
- Ajayi also had a few carries where he showed nice YAC ability. He showed he can push a pile at this level.
- He was at 24-140-1 before the 60 yard scamper at the end of the game, so this wasn't just a fluky outlier-run statline.
All in all, I don't think Ajayi was quite as individually dominant as his stat-line suggests, but obviously one can't criticize the performance. I'm still not seeing truly special qualities on Ajayi's tape, but he is starting to show what he already showed in college: if you feed him enough, he'll produce and even wear down some defenses. He's a big guy with well above-average athleticism for his size/weight, and he can respectably workhorse.
I think Gase is just gonna have to give up on one of his RBs being both a good volume rusher and advanced passing-catching back. With the talent he has at his disposal, he can have one or the other, not both. Ajayi is his best option. Giving him 15-20 carries week will help open up the passing-offense and do more for ball-control. He won't always be good, but he can keep defenses more honest and do more for Miami's time of possession than Foster/Drake/Williams can.
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