Coincidence? Jay Ajayi’s gone, and so are negative plays by Miami Dolphins’ RBs

Kenyan Drake, taking a handoff from Jay Cutler, has had 42- and 66-yard runs the past two weeks. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

DAVIE — Adam Gase made no secret that he was tired of seeing Jay Ajayi looking to hit a home run but getting nailed for a loss. Gase wanted Ajayi to take the 3 or 4 yards that were there. When that didn’t happen, Ajayi was traded.

Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams clearly have gotten the message.

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Go back a few weeks and you’ll see that the Baltimore Ravens had 11 tackles for loss against the Dolphins. Not all of that was Ajayi’s fault, but enough was, in Gase’s view.

Gase knows his offense, ranked 31st in the NFL, can’t afford negative plays. Too often, they lead to third-and-long, and too often after that, a punt.

Look what has happened the past two weeks.

Damien Williams scores on a 10-yard reception against the Raiders by diving past middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) as Jarvis Landry looks on. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

The Raiders had one tackle for loss against the Dolphins.

The Panthers had one tackle for loss against the Dolphins.

“So far, so good,” offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said. “I do think even with Ajayi that him having those couple a hundred, 200-yard games, all of a sudden you think that’s the norm and that can be a curse sometimes. Just getting back to just settling, just keep pushing pockets, pushing piles for 2-, 3-, 2-, 3-(yard gains) and then all of a sudden it pops. So far, so good. I think sometimes that the impatience comes with success or a gross failure, and all of a sudden you’re trying too hard to make something happen. But these guys have been excellent so far.”

The emphasis on taking what the defenses give hasn’t eliminated the home runs. Drake has had 42- and 66-yard runs the past two weeks. Drake and Williams have each scored a touchdown.

“I feel like once any coach throws you on the field, they’re letting you know and the organization is letting you know that they trust you,” Williams said.

And right now, the trust is they’ll keep moving forward, however far that may be.

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