Ajayi accomplishes something McCoy, Westbrook never did as Eagles

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Ajayi accomplishes something McCoy, Westbrook never did as Eagles

Through three games with the Eagles, Jay Ajayi has just 20 carries. 

To put that in perspective, before the trade to Philly this season, he had four individual games in Miami with more carries. 

Ajayi had just five rushing attempts in Sunday's 31-3 win over the Bears (see Roob's observations)

"It's coach's call," Ajayi said Sunday night about the distribution. "Take advantage of the opportunities when you get them."

Ajayi didn't have a great afternoon against the Bears. He had minus-4 yards rushing until a 30-yarder early in the fourth quarter. And on the tail end of that 30-yarder, he fumbled the ball away. Luckily for the Eagles, Nelson Agholor was there to fall on it (see story)

While Ajayi got just five carries, LeGarrette Blount got 15 carries for 97 yards. 

Why was he the back of choice Sunday? 

"Well, again, a lot of it came down to the style of defense the Bears ran this afternoon," head coach Doug Pederson said. "They got into a little bit of a five-man front with a five-down, really a sixth guy being the linebacker. We had several run schemes again in the game plan like we normally do, and the ones were a little more conducive for him to run sort of downhill at them and attack them that way, so he was obviously the back of choice."

Even with his struggles Sunday, Ajayi did something pretty amazing. He had a 30-yard run for the third straight game. That's something LeSean McCoy, Brian Westbrook and Duce Staley never did in an Eagles uniform. 

And Ajayi has done it in his first three games with the Eagles. 

Ajayi clearly has some burst. It's shown several times this season. But on several occasions Sunday, it looks like he might have been trying to do too much instead of taking an easy gain. When asked in the locker room if that was the case, Ajayi simply said, "nope." 

Ajayi said it's exciting to be on a team this good, that he's never been on a team like this.

But is he OK with his workload? 

"I just run the plays that coaches call," he said. "I'm happy we're winning. Let's keep it going."

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

The Super Bowl champion Eagles face a multitude of tough decisions this offseason. 

The toughest is what to do with Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles. With franchise QB Carson Wentz recovering from a serious knee injury, the situation becomes more complicated.

Longtime NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian essentially thinks Foles is untouchable.

Two first-round and two second-round picks would be a doozy of an offer for a quarterback who has one year left under contract. But that speaks to how highly Polian values Foles and the idea of having a top-notch backup QB on a contending team.

Former Eagles LB turned TV host Dhani Jones is in the same boat as Polian, saying he believes that Foles should be the starter, even if Wentz is healthy by Week 1.

Check out Jones' opinion in the video above.

Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

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Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

While the Eagles have been figuring out their new-look coaching staff, one of the more important people in the NovaCare Complex is leaving.

Head athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his role with the team.

"We thank Chris for his contributions over the last 19 seasons and we wish him and his family all the best," the Eagles said in a statement.

Peduzzi took over as head trainer after Rick Burkholder went to Kansas City with Andy Reid in 2013. But Peduzzi had been with the Eagles in some capacity since 1999, when he joined the franchise as an assistant trainer.

“It has been an honor and a blessing to be part of this organization for the past 19 seasons,” Peduzzi said in a statement released by the Eagles. “I especially want to thank Mr. Lurie for his faith in me to care for the health of his players. I never took that lightly. I also want to thank Coach Pederson and Howie Roseman for the opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working alongside so many great people, from my staff and co-workers to our coaches and of course the players. More than anything, I am going to miss those daily interactions.

"However, I do believe the time is right for me and for my family to step away and take some time off. This was not an easy decision, but one that I have put much thought into and I appreciate the organization’s support and wish them all the best in the future. I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve together. To bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia this year was an amazing experience and I believe we have built a strong foundation that the team can continue to build on for years to come.”