Bill Belichick: Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi ‘one of the top backs in the league’
The 13-2 New England Patriots will travel to Miami in Week 17 for a chance to clinch the AFC’s No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Standing in their way are the 10-5 Dolphins, who secured their own playoff berth last week with a win over the Buffalo Bills and a Denver Broncos loss.
Miami’s road victory in upstate New York was largely in part to running back Jay Ajayi. This year’s fantasy football breakout star totaled 206 yards and 1 touchdown on 32 carries against the Bills. It was his third 200-yard rushing performance of the season.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is impressed. He spoke on Ajayi during his Monday morning press conference, via CSNNE’s Mike Petraglia.
"One of the top backs in the league. Having a tremendous year." Belichick on Jay Ajaye
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) December 26, 2016
When the Patriots and Dolphins met in Week 3, Ajayi was hardly a factor, taking 5 rushes for 14 yards. He’s come a long way, surpassing 1,200 yards on the season. Only 23 years old, it appears Ajayi will be battling Belichick and company for years to come.