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Eagles happy how Jay Ajayi trade has worked for them

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Tuesday at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis had the Eagles once again chatting in pressers with the media, and coach Doug Pederson was asked numerous questions, including how he ended up coaching high school football in Shreveport, LA  just over a decade ago. And, will now coach the utimate game Sunday.

However, we definitely perked up, when the question turned to the Eagles having traded for Jay Ajayi back in October.

Here’s more from the transcription of Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk:

“…When he arrived, he (Ajayi) and I had a conversation and really I just explained to him the environment, the locker room he was joining. Part of my message this year to our team, to our players is about ownership. We’re always looking to better our roster obviously, and Jay has made us better.” Pederson continued,  “Our guys embraced him. Our guys have said, ‘Listen, this is the way we practice; this is the way we do things.’ We haven’t had any problems out of Jay.”

As we wrote last week, Ajayi has made some impact in Philly and a couple of splash plays in the post season, but that doesn’t mean that the Dolphins were wrong to trade him, when they did. It was more about subtraction by the Dolphins.

Clearly, he has “straightened up” from, when Coach Adam Gase blasted him without naming him on the Friday afternoon media session after the Fins got blown out 40-0 in Baltimore the night before. Ajayi was traded four days later.

Interesting, that Ajayi is also in the meeting room with former Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount, who knows not only about wining Super Bowls (he has two rings), but also being discarded by his team. That has happened to Blount in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and after last year in New England, when he scored 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016.

So, make that both Eagles in the backfield that have somewhat of “a chip on their shoulder” come, Sunday.

Oh, and Blount gets to go after his old team, too.

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