Lions Work Out RB Jay Ajayi

The Lions will work out running back Jay Ajayi on Friday, according to’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Ajayi, one of the most intriguing free agents in the NFL, could provide an immediate boost for a team in need of backfield help.¬†

[RELATED: Lions, Falcons Discussed Devonta Freeman Trade]

Before his injury-shortened 2018, Ajayi posted two strong back-to-back campaigns. In 2016, he earned his first career Pro Bowl nod as he averaged 4.9 yards per carry for the Dolphins. In 2017, a midseason trade sent him to the Eagles, where he averaged 5.8 yards per tote off of 70 tries and captured his first ever Super Bowl ring. The advanced metrics echo the traditional stats, too: Ajayi is one of the best RBs in the league, when he’s on the field.

The Lions have been after running back support since¬†Kerryon Johnson hit the injured reserve list in October. That search pointed them towards Devonta Freeman and other running backs prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline, but they weren’t able to get a deal done.

The Lions are 3-3-1 heading into Sunday’s game against the Raiders. After that, they’ll round out November with games against the Bears, Cowboys, Redskins, and Bears (again).

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  1. baseball10

    Cardinals worked him out and instead traded a draft pick for Drake. It would make sense on paper but i just wonder how effective he would be

    • jkoms57

      Are you seriously acting like the Lions backfield is in any way effective right now?

      Ajayi would be their immediate RB1 even if he only provides RB2 value

      • jjabrony

        No he’s simply saying there may be a good reason why AZ worked him out and then decided to pass.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Couldn’t help but laugh at the pic. Ajayi shows up with crutches saying “I’m all ready for my workout”.

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