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Hyde: Dolphins trade of Jay Ajayi is absolutely idiotic

Hyde: Dolphins trade of Jay Ajayi is absolutely idiotic

Only a few things stop me from calling the Jay Ajayi trade to Philadelphia for a mere fourth-round pick the most idiotic, short-sighted, inexplicable and utterly hare-brained trade in recent Dolphins history., lopsided, impractical

It’s that Dolphins coach Adam Gase pulled similar surprises last season. And they worked.

It’s that the surprise team this season, Buffalo, Marcell Dareus. It looked crazy from the outside. But it’s working., has cleared its locker room of good talent that didn’t fit with a developing culture — Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby

 “It starts with our best players.”,Gase stood before the cameras Friday after a 40-0 loss to Baltimore — the latest in a season of offensive embarrassments — and said the effort and homework wasn’t there and how

When you call out a team like that, you better do something to set your locker-room culture right. Bench a player. Change a starting job. Or, trade one of your best players. Which is what the Dolphins did.,[url=http://www.dolphinsfootballauthentic.com/raekwon-mcmillan-jersey-authentic]Womens Raekwon McMillan Jersey[/url], well

And, make no mistake, which they are to some extent. You still need a good one.,[url=http://www.dolphinsfootballauthentic.com/cordrea-tankersley-jersey-authentic]Womens Cordrea Tankersley Jersey[/url], this lessens the Dolphins’ talent. They don’t have any proven running back to carry the load on the roster. You can say running backs are interchangeable

 Gase’s gamble fails and this season fails with it.,Damien Williams? Kenyan Drake? Senorise Perry? Anyone done much? Maybe they rise up in the manner Ajayi did from nowhere a year ago. If not

 Ajayi was a do-nothing back when he entered Gase’s office amid a 1-4 start and listed three running plays that he guaranteed results from if the coach called them.,[url=http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/arthur-brown-jersey-authentic]Womens Arthur Brown Jersey[/url],But remember: Last October

Ajayi had been suspended by Gase for immaturity ahead of last year’s opener after not being name the starter. He had a minor role to that point. But Gase called those plays. Results came immediately.

 according to Pro Football Focus.,Ajayi went from being a problem child inside the team to becoming the face of the franchise. He was the Dolphins’ identity. He averaged 4.9 yards a carry in 2016. He ran for more yards after contact than any NFL back

The Dolphins finished seventh in the league at 4.5 yards a carry last year in good part because of Ajayi. Now they’re 31st at 3.2 yards a carry this season. Now they don’t have a rushing touchdown.

It’s not just Ajayi. It’s more the offensive line. It’s that center Mike Pouncey isn’t what he was,[url=http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/steve-largent-jersey-authentic]Womens Steve Largent Jersey[/url], left tackle Laremy Tunsil isn’t as hoped, let’s face it. It’s the whole line., the guard — well

 not four yards to help move the chains.,[url=http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/12th-fan-jersey-authentic]Womens 12th Fan Jersey[/url],But also leaking out in the aftermath of the trade was an attitude from Ajayi that wasn’t helping. He wanted to run outside — not inside. He wanted home runs on every run

 remember?,He wanted all the carries and to play all three downs even if his blitz pick-ups and pass drops were a problem. Homework

 either.,Those sideline rants you saw during a couple of games from Ajayi to teammates this year weren’t just confined to the sideline. They weren’t just confined to teammates

 he’d talk to the media. After wins when he didn’t play a big role — like the Jets game a couple weeks ago — he was moping to the point he wouldn’t talk. A small thing. But telling.,[url=http://www.seahawksfootballauthenticss.com/russell-wilson-jersey-authentic]Womens Russell Wilson Jersey[/url],Locker rooms that win consistently have pros. Ajayi wasn’t a grown-up pro. After big games

 it’s Ajayi in a move that becomes Gase’s biggest gamble.,All this contributed to Tuesday’s surprise deal. The trade everyone thought might happen was receiver Jarvis Landry. Instead

 Gase cut a couple of starting offensive linemen weeks into the season. That was the same and yet not quite. He’d been warned about them. He took a chance on them anyhow.,A year ago

This trade of Ajayi sends a similar message. It’s unclear just yet if the message is of a coach thinking he can win with anyone or a running back who didn’t handle his success properly. We’ll see.

Ajayi will be fine. He’s with 7-1 Philadelphia now. He isn’t a long-term play in part because of bad knees that dropped him to a fifth-round pick in 2015. But he can be a great short-term play.

“We’re excited to add him to our team,” Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said. “We think he’s a good player who adds to our group.”, to our running back collection

 just like that sentence’s punctuation. That’s why I’m leaning toward this being an idiotic move. But these NFL moves can be inspired. Look where Buffalo is in the standings.,The Dolphins running back group? They’re a question mark

The Dolphins have most of their injured players back on the field today after an extended weekend.

 wide receiver DeVante Parker looks ready to return Sunday against the Raiders. He practiced today for the first time since injuring his ankle against the Titans.,Notably

 and his throws appeared to have their usual velocity.,Jay Cutler looked relatively good practicing through multiple broken ribs. He was able to run and twist

Here are some other notes from today’s practice:

Defensive end Williams Hayes was not on the field during the portion open to the media.

Defensive end Andre Branch practices today after missing last week’s game with a groin injury.

Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams took over at running back after Jay Ajayi’s departure.

The Miami Dolphins shook up the worst offense in the NFL on Tuesday by trading starting tailback Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick. Kenyan Drake is likely to take over as Miami’s starting tailback and with Damien Williams continuing in his role as the Dolphins’ third-down back and have his workload increased.

 hinting that changes would made and flat out saying that Miami’s best players needed to do a better job mastering their assignments.,Coach Adam Gase criticized his offensive players the day after Miami’s 40-0 Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens

Gase said that his tailbacks needed to stop “trying to hit home runs” and take the yards that are blocked for. That seemed to be a criticism of Ajayi — the 2015 fifth-round pick out of Boise State — who was struggling as a pass catcher and with pass protection this season.

Drake, has been used sparingly the past two seasons., a former Alabama standout the Dolphins picked in the third round of the 2016 draft

 Drake gained 179 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns on 33 carries. But the Dolphins have thoroughly evaluated Drake in practice as Ajayi typically sat out one session each week to rest his knees.,He’s rushed for 25 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for seven yards this season. Last year

The biggest concern with Drake, who was never the featured back in college, which has been Gase’s main criticism of the second-year player., moving forward is whether he can master Miami’s playbook and his assignments

Williams, who is in his fourth season as Miami’s third-down back, he contributed a career-high six touchdowns., has proven he’s a reliable blocker and adequate pass catcher. Last year

 most of his 99 rushing attempts have come in short-yardage situations.,[url=http://www.dolphinsfootballauthentic.com/cordrea-tankersley-jersey-authentic]Authentic Cordrea Tankersley Jersey[/url],The former Oklahoma standout has caught 73 passes for 628 yards and five touchdowns since joining Miami as an undrafted player in 2014. But Williams’ 3.3 yards per carry average throughout his career has been disappointing. However

The Dolphins also have Senorise Perry on the 53-man roster, and hasn’t played on offense so far this season.,[url=http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/arthur-brown-jersey-authentic]Authentic Arthur Brown Jersey[/url], but he’s primarily used on special teams

Ajayi joins a 7-1 Eagles team that ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing, who is averaging 4.7 yards per attempt on his 100 carries., averaging 129.2 yards per game. He’ll split the workload with LaGarrette Blount

 writing: “thankful for the relationships & memories MIA...THE TRAIN ROLLS ON TO PHILLY.”,[url=http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/steve-largent-jersey-authentic]Authentic Steve Largent Jersey[/url],Ajayi reacted to the trade on social media

The 24-year-old Ajayi, who led the Dolphins with 1,[url=http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/12th-fan-jersey-authentic]Authentic 12th Fan Jersey[/url], got off to a slow start in 2017.,272 yards rushing last season

 the Dolphins have produced the second-worst rushing offense in the NFL. They rank last in the league in scoring and total yardage.,Combined with Miami’s troubles on the offensive line

Ajayi,[url=http://www.seahawksfootballauthenticss.com/russell-wilson-jersey-authentic]Authentic Russell Wilson Jersey[/url], has gained 465 yards on 138 carries this season for an average of 3.4 yards per attempt. Most of his yards — all but 83 — have come after contact this season., a Pro Bowl selection last year

The Dolphins and the Eagles have a history of doing deals together since executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum has been in Miami. The Dolphins acquired linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell from the Eagles in the 2016 offseason. Maxwell was released last week.

 but they didn’t.,It was thought that the Dolphins could of made another move before the Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline

Jarvis Landry,[url=http://www.seahawksfootballauthenticss.com/richard-sherman-jersey-authentic]Authentic Richard Sherman Jersey[/url], was thought to be available for the right price considering he’ll likely be an unrestricted free agent this offseason., who leads the team with 50 receptions that he’s turned into 398 yards and three touchdowns

But the Dolphins weren’t going trade him for anything less than a third-round pick because that’s the level of compensatory pick the Miami would receive for Landry, if he signs with another team in the offseason., a two-time Pro Bowl selection