Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines were good for the Colts in 2018, but signing Jay Ajayi in free agency could take Indy’s rushing attack to the next level.
Head coach Frank Reich led the Colts to be one of the most surprising teams in the NFL last season. Much of their success was built on the backs of their physical offensive line. If Indianapolis is able to sign Jay Ajayi in free agency, their ground game is going to become even more punishing in 2019.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Ajayi will travel to Indianapolis next week to visit with the Colts and undergo a physical. That doesn’t essentially imply that he’ll signal a deal whereas he’s there, however issues do appear to be trending in that course. It’s onerous to think about a working again higher suited to run behind the Colts offensive line than Ajayi.
The Eagles featured Ajayi closely throughout his time in Philadelphia earlier than he missed the vast majority of final season with a torn ACL. The harm appears to have brought about many followers to overlook simply how good he was for Philadelphia down the stretch in 2017. He ran for 408 yards on simply 70 carries after coming over in a commerce from Miami. Ajayi was a giant issue within the Eagles run to a Tremendous Bowl title.
Lining him up behind mashers like Anthony Castonzo and Quenton Nelson can be a nightmare for Colts’ opponents. Andrew Luck can nonetheless make all of the throws, however ever since Reich took over the staff the main target of the offense has shifted steadily in direction of profitable within the trenches. Having the ability to deploy Ajayi like a battering ram would pressure opponents to maneuver their safeties near the road of scrimmage. That would open up a variety of room for Luck to beat opposing secondaries excessive.
The Colts’ curiosity in Ajayi shouldn’t be construed as a criticism of both Mack or Hines. Each guys did a extremely good job for the staff final season. Within the occasion that Indianapolis can’t come to phrases with Ajayi, Reich and the staff’s entrance workplace shall be content material to face pat with final yr’s duo.
That doesn’t imply the staff shouldn’t work onerous to persuade Ajayi to name Indianapolis dwelling. If the Colts actually need to proceed their climb in direction of a Tremendous Bowl in 2019, they will’t cross up the chance to enhance at any place. Ajayi is the kind of participant who may help rework this offense from good to nice.