The Philadelphia Eagles were missing a LeGarrette Blount type back in their running back-by-committee since Jay Ajayi was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Blount was the back that can handle the workload in the fourth quarter that can get the tough yards, similar to the role Ryan Mathews played in 2016.
Pederson found that player in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Josh Adams, who finished with nine carries for 61 yards. Averaging 6.8 yards per carry to lead the Eagles rushing attack, Adams had runs of 21 yards and 17 yards en route to the Eagles third-highest individual rushing performance of the season.
The Eagles head coach declared Adams will play the "Blount role" going forward.
"I think we have that guy. If you go back and watch the game, I called a few more third-and-2, third-and-3 runs that we converted, and of course Josh was in the game at the time," Pederson said. "Wendell [Smallwood] had some tough runs. He had a tough run at the end of the game to ice the game, basically.
Adams saw a bump in snaps in London and certainly made the most of them. With a bye week in Week 9, Adams could see a much bigger workload starting in Week 10 against Dallas. As we reported earlier today, Smallwood led the way in snaps while Clement seems to be the odd man out right now in the Eagles backfield. Clement could be battling injuries.
Ajayi was already dealing with a back injury, and no one seems sure when exactly he tore the ACL in the game with the Vikings. The Eagles are likely going to have a make a move for another back. Clement was active in Week 5, but only in an emergency situation. Smallwood got a lot of snaps but likely won't be the answer for the rest of the season. However, perhaps for the immediate future, Clement and Smallwood could split carries. Of course if Clement can't go, Smallwood and Adams could see work.
Reporter Jeff McLane reports coach Doug Pederson said Jay Ajayi is good to go and that the fracture in his back can be played through.
This is great news on the surface, but one has to wonder if Ajayi will be able to get much going in a tough matchup against the Titans' run defense. We have him ranked as an RB3, despite projecting 15–17 touches.