Neither Doug Pederson nor working again Jay Ajayi would say whether or not Ajayi positively will play Sunday when the Eagles host the Denver Broncos, however the most certainly situation appears to be that Ajayi can be lively, working with a restricted package deal of performs.
Ajayi practiced with the Birds Friday for the third time since being traded right here from Miami for a fourth-round draft selection simply forward of Tuesday’s NFL commerce deadline.
Eagles coach Pederson mentioned Friday that Ajayi comes from a Miami offense “with very similar terminology, so he’s familiar with that. He’s picked it up. He’s had some extra meetings with Duce [Staley, the running backs coach] this week. We’re trying to get him up to speed as fast as he can and we can. He’s done a nice job.”
Ajayi mentioned he would go together with regardless of the coaches need. He didn’t point out whether or not he had been informed what they need, although he doubtless has been.
Ajayi mentioned “understanding the way the blocks are schemed up here has definitely been different from Miami, but I’m getting more comfortable, I’ve been able to get out there on the practice field, get valuable reps this week.”
Fans are prone to see way more of Ajayi after the Eagles’ upcoming bye.
“Having a bye week instead of having another game next week will definitely help to be able to learn the playbook quicker, and [it’s comforting to] just know that I have time,” earlier than the Nov. 19 sport at Dallas, Ajayi mentioned.
Pederson spoke to reporters earlier than follow. On Fridays, the Eagles do their red-zone work, and Pederson mentioned he needed to get a way of how that went earlier than coming to a call on Ajayi’s position in opposition to Denver.
Pederson mentioned the package deal Ajayi is working with this week is “very limited – 10 to 15 plays” in order that the newcomer isn’t overwhelmed.
“I just want him to feel comfortable there. But it’s a taste of a little bit of every aspect of the offense … So, first and second and third down; we’ll find out a little bit more today in the red zone,” Pederson mentioned. “But it definitely won’t be the full complement of the playbook.”
Questionable, however OK?
Doug Pederson downplayed the hamstring drawback that bought tight finish and main receiver Zach Ertz listed as “questionable” for Sunday, after being a partial follow participant on Thursday and Friday. Ertz was not obtainable to reporters.
Pederson answered “yes” when requested if Ertz will play in opposition to the Broncos.
“He just acquired a little tightness in the hamstring, so [we] just backed him down,” Pederson mentioned. “Didn’t want to push him any further than that.”
Ertz is Carson Wentz’s go-to receiver, with 43 catches for 528 yards and 6 touchdowns in eight video games.
Corner Ronald Darby continues to be listed as a partial follow participant. It appears unlikely he’ll play till he will get right into a full follow, however Doug Pederson mentioned Darby can be a game-time resolution Sunday. … The Broncos are prone to get wideout Emmanuel Sanders again this week from a two-week ankle damage absence. … Reflective of Denver’s QB struggles is the truth that Demaryius Thomas leads the crew with 35 catches for 455 yards, however has no touchdowns; actually, he hasn’t scored since Week 10 final season, at New Orleans.