Miami Dolphins starting RB Jay Ajayi left practice early Monday and is being evaluated for a possible concussion. Though a concussion isn’t going to jeopardize the likelihood of Ajayi missing any regular season games, what it did do is expose a potential issue for the Dolphins if Ajayi were to get hurt during the season. The team as it stands right now, doesn’t have much experience at running back.
Head coach Adam Gase committed to having a more physical training camp and he’s been getting it. On Monday Ajayi took some pretty hefty blows from Ndamukong Suh and safety T.J. McDonald according to the Miami Herald. Obviously a little too physical as Ajayi had to leave practice early.
Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams are the next up on the depth chart. Despite the coaching staff liking these two guys, neither has that much game experience. The Dolphins were expecting to have an explosive offense this season. With Ryan Tannehill coming back from injury and three receivers that includes the versatile Jarvis Landry, the solid route runner in Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, who in his third year is showing major signs of having a huge season, the team certainly has a great unit at receiver. They traded for TE Julius Thomas, who had his best years while playing in Gase’s system in Denver. Jay Ajayi was the anchor, a steady solid running back expected to have upwards of 400 carries this year. Point blank, this team’s offense will not be as explosive without more depth at the RB position.
Will the Dolphins look to add a veteran RB, as insurance just in case Ajayi’s health runs into problems this season? There isn’t that much out there this late. DeAngelo Williams is still available, he may be the best available option at this point. Unless the coaching staff believes in Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams enough to hold down the fort should Ajayi ever go down to injury. This week should be interesting to see what the Dolphins do decide.