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LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi Embrace Sharing The Workload In Eagles' Backfield

Posted Nov 16, 2017

Almost fittingly, the Eagles-Cowboys game scripts the second appearance for the dread-headed running back duo of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi.

The Broncos’ win teased a small but evident sample size that Blount and Ajayi can coexist – splitting 18 carries for 114 yards (6.33 yards per carry) highlighted by Ajayi’s touchdown. Perhaps more impressive is that Ajayi picked up pieces of the offense and was productive with only partial knowledge of the playbook.

Then when you consider Ajayi grew up in Texas and is well aware of the Eagles' rivalry, he’ll likely be looking to top his debut.

“This is a special one for me. I won’t lie. Growing up in Texas in my household the Cowboys were on the TV quite a bit,” Ajayi said. “It’s funny my mom’s actually an Eagles fan so she was super psyched when I got here. I’ve got a lot of people that are going to be at this game.”

Blount gets his first taste of the rivalry but has played twice at the AT&T Stadium. In his last outing against Dallas, Blount had a game-high 74 rushing yards on 13 carries in a win with the Patriots.

“Obviously, they’re a tough, grinding team. We’re expecting a big-time matchup,” Blount said. “They have a lot of guys that do things well on both sides of the field on offense and defense.”

The two will likely see more the field more often than the 48 percent of the snaps against Denver. A season ago, Blount and Ajayi ran for a combined 559 carries for their former teams – both top 10 marks in the league. However, sharing touches doesn’t seem to be much of a concern.

“It’s a great dynamic that we have. All of us have our special niches and special talents that we have and whoever’s out there, it’s about not missing a beat,” Ajayi said Thursday.

“Going out with that mentality of dominating and being physical and leaving our mark on the game every time trying to be the best group out there. That’s what we pride ourselves on, that’s what I pride myself on and that’s our mentality.”

The Cowboys ranks 12th in rushing yards allowed and 24th in rushing yards allowed per play. Coming off an outing where they put up just shy of 200 rushing yards against the Denver, it may be worth keeping an eye on how the duo performs.

“That’s something that we definitely want to keep going because in order for us to win games you have to be able to run the football well and efficiently,” Blount said.

“It’s coming together a lot for us. We definitely need to be able to run the football late into the season. It’s when guys are tired. It’s when guys are hurt. Teams aren’t at their healthiest later on in the season, so it’s really important to run the football and to be able to do it at a high level.”

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