Miami Dolphins: Jay Cutler on Jay Ajayi: ‘I have the best seat in the house.’

Running back Jay Ajayi of the Miami Dolphins eludes defensive end Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers as he rushes at the StubHub Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

CARSON, Calif. — If there was any doubt that Jay Ajayi is going to be the centerpiece of the Miami Dolphins offense again in 2017, just look inside Sunday’s box score.

Jay Ajayi: 28 carries for 122 yards

Kenyan Drake: 1 carry for -3 yards

Damien Williams: 0 carries for 0 yards

Jay Cutler may be the shiny new toy. Jarvis Landry may be the third-down security blanket. And DeVante Parker may be the spectacular unicorn.

But Ajayi, for as long as he can carry the Dolphins, is going to be the workhorse.

“I will tell you what,” Cutler said after Miami’s upset win at the Los Angeles Chargers. “I think I have the best seat in the house. He is fun to watch. I mean breaking tackles and spinning. I think he has enough speed to get to the edge. He is a heck of a back and I am glad he is on our team.”

Interestingly, coach Adam Gase said the team used a few running schemes it didn’t in 2016.

“We did a few things that we didn’t really do last year and we did a good job,” Gase said. “He executed the schemes well and used his ability to make more.”

Ajayi wants more consistency in 2017 and he’s off to a good start.

Last season, Ajayi ran for more than 200 yards three times but only one other time went over 100.

Ajayi could be in line to top the 1,272 yards he posted last season.

“Through this offseason and preseason I really pushed myself to be great and just work on my consistency to be that guy and increase my role on this team,” Ajayi said. “I think that I was taking the right steps. The offensive line was doing a great job today being physical and I think that’s what we needed today to be physical and keep us in the game. At the end of the game we were able to get just enough to be able to put us in good field goal range and (Cody) Parkey hit it. After that, it was good.”

Ajayi raises a good point.

The Dolphins were trailing the Chargers 17-16 with 3:02 to play and the ball at Miami’s 49-yard line.

Who did Gase call upon, seeking at least 20 yards to gain field-goal position?

Ajayi right tackle. Ajayi right tackle. Ajayi right end. Short pass to Ajayi.

This is setting a tone for Miami’s season.

“It’s how (Ajayi) approaches every day at practice,” offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James said. “Ever since he got on that roll last year he’s been a different guy. He’s definitely an energizer for our offense.”

Ajayi is one of the most difficult players in the NFL to tackle.

He is determined. He is relentless. He is dogged.

“Anytime you have Jay back there, if you can get the guys to cover up he’s going to hit it hard enough to where if you graze him that’s not going to bring him down,” Gase said. “He runs hard. He gives everything he has on every play. He’s been practicing like that through spring and training camp and it hasn’t changed. We saw him today. We saw what happens when he gets just a little bit of a crease.”

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