DAVIE — Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi says he’s “frustrated” and “disappointed” by his recent production.
Ajayi ran for 200 yards twice in October, but has seen his rushing total decrease in five of the last six weeks.
“It’s tough not to get frustrated because you want to be able to create that output and put out that production,” Ajayi said Wednesday. “It’s tough when you look at the end of the game and the stats don’t showcase what you feel is going on out there. But that’s what it is.”
Ajayi has failed to reach 50 rushing yards in two of the last three weeks. And he’s failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark in efforts at Baltimore and against Arizona.
“I’m aware it’s not up to the level that I believe I’m capable of,” Ajayi said. “That’s more of a thing to the standard I hold myself, because I believe I can be one of the best. So each week I go out there and try to have that kind of performance. Whenever I don’t do that I’m disappointed.”
Dolphins coach Adam Gase blamed offensive line injuries and facing quality defensive fronts. Gase said he and other coaches have been reminding Ajayi of the biggest reasons.
“I don’t want him to change anything he’s doing, because he’s doing exactly what we need him to do and he’s doing exactly the same thing he did when we had those big-time rushing numbers,” Gase said.
Ajayi has been visably frustrated in the locker room after some recent games. After the Arizona game, he declined to speak with reporters.
Gase has consistently said after games he regrets not getting Ajayi more involved.
Ajayi did have 20 carries against Arizona, but averaged only 2.4 yards per carry.
According to Pro Football Focus, right tackle Ja’Wuan James (83.2) and injured center Mike Pouncey (69.9) have been effective run blockers this season.
But PFF grades suggest guard Jermon Bushrod (35.8), tackle Branden Albert (37.2), center Anthony Steen (47.0) and guard Laremy Tunsil (48.4) have not had strong run-blocking seasons.
“It feels good to know that Coach Gase wants to keep me involved in the game plan,” Ajayi said. “And you know, wants to get me those touches. And I appreciate that. It makes me want to keep working hard. And keep being consistent in my level of play. It’s going to end up breaking sooner or later.”