LeGarrette Blount, the team's leading rusher with 766 yards on 173 carries in 2017, is now with the Detroit Lions. And even with Darren Sproles poised to come back from his season-ending knee injury and promising second-year back Corey Clement in the fold, Jay Ajayi is poised to be the featured back.
"I'm pretty sure that Jay is excited about being able to go out there and dominate and being able to be that guy," assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley said. "I know Doug (Pederson) is excited about it also. We'll see."
Despite being in a committee last year after joining Philly, the loss of Blount should mean more work for Ajayi—even with Sproles and Clement in the mix as well. Ajayi is no stranger to being the featured back. In 2016, he had 260 carries, ninth-most in the league, on his way to earning Pro Bowl honors with Miami.