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Jay Ajayi's publicist denies Eagles' RB trashed an L.A. mansion

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Jay Ajayi's publicist denies Eagles' RB trashed an L.A. mansion

Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is strongly denying accusations made in a lawsuit that he trashed a Los Angeles house after the Super Bowl (see story)

The lawsuit, as reported by TMZ earlier this week, accuses Ajayi of throwing three parties at the L.A. mansion he was renting even after the owner told him not to. Ajayi is being charged $25,000 by the owner. 

Shortly after the story broke on Monday, a representative for Ajayi claimed the lawsuit was bogus. 

Now, we have an even stronger detail from Ajayi’s camp. 

Ajayi’s publicist Melanie Wadden told the Miami Herald that Ajayi didn’t throw any parties and caused no damage to the property. 

Additionally, Wadden denied the home owner’s claim that Ajayi pushed him in a menacing manner after confronting him.

“Jay was not involved in any physical altercations,” she said. 

Ajayi’s publicist also told the Herald that Ajayi was a guest and not the renter and the owner wanted the group to pay cash instead of through Airbnb. 

"The entire group voluntarily left the property several days early — no security or police were ever involved or on-site," Wadden said. "They filed a complaint against the owner through Airbnb back in February that included screenshots of the owner asking for cash and trying to communicate outside of their platform [against Airbnb policy]."

Ajayi, who came to the Eagles in the middle of last season in a trade, has one year left on his current contract. 

Jay Ajayi reportedly being sued for post-Super Bowl antics

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Jay Ajayi reportedly being sued for post-Super Bowl antics

Updated: 8:35 p.m.

Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is being sued by the owner of a Los Angeles mansion who claims Ajayi trashed his house, according to a report Monday from TMZ.

However, per TMZ, a representative for Ajayi claims the lawsuit and report are bogus. Ajayi is being charged $25,000 by the owner of the house for damages, according to the report.

Perhaps most troubling about the report is that the owner claims when he confronted Ajayi about the charges, Ajayi “pushed [him] on [his] chest in a menacing and threatening manner.”

The report says Ajayi stayed at the 6,000-square-foot L.A. house with a friend for five days after the Eagles won Super Bowl LII and Ajayi was specifically told to not throw parties, but threw at least three anyway.

The owner claims to have charged Ajayi $5,000 for each party and Ajayi reportedly also broke a table, scratched floors and violated the smoking policy .

Ajayi, 24, came to the Eagles in a trade during last season and became a big part of the rotation, rushing for 408 yards on 70 carries in seven regular-season games. This season, after the departure of free agent LeGarrette Blount, Ajayi figures to be an even bigger part of the running back puzzle.

This is the final year of Ajayi’s four-year rookie deal.

The report from TMZ did not mention any criminal charges filed against Ajayi.

Matt Jones may be more than just a camp body for Eagles

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Matt Jones may be more than just a camp body for Eagles

Conventional wisdom says Matt Jones is just another camp body in a crowded running backs room.

Maybe he’s more than that.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson hinted Friday the Eagles may have bigger plans than expected for Jones, who’s trying to revive his career with his third team in three years. 

He went as far as saying he envisions Jay Ajayi and Jones forming a similar 1-2 running back attack as LeGarrette Blount and Ajayi did during the second half of the Super Bowl season.

“I don’t want to compare LeGarrette and Jay,” Pederson said. “But that type of dynamic, with his experience and what he brings to us.”

Blount rushed for 766 yards and a 4.4 average during the regular season last year and was 14 for 90 rushing in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots. He signed a one-year contract with the Lions in March.

Ajayi ran for 408 yards in seven games with the Eagles after coming over in a mid-season trade from the Dolphins and 184 more in the postseason and projects as the Eagles’ lead back in 2018.

Jones had just five carries for 14 yards last year during his one season with the Colts but averaged 4.7 yards per carry for the Redskins in 2016, including a 135-yard game against the Eagles at FedEx Field.

He hurt his knee the next week in a game in Detroit and didn’t play again for the Redskins, even when he was healthy.

Jones’ biggest issue has been fumbles.

He fumbled five times on 163 touches in 2015 and three times on 107 touches last year. That’s one fumble every 34 offensive touches. 

For the sake of comparison, Blount has fumbled once every 82 touches in his career and LeSean McCoy once every 119 touches.

Jones was one of only two NFL running backs with fewer than 300 touches over the 2016 and 2017 seasons combined to fumble at least eight times. The other was Bobby Rainey.

But the Eagles are enamored of Jones’ ability. His 4.7 average ranked 11th in the NFL in 2016 before he got hurt.

And he’s the only player to rush for at least 130 yards against the Eagles over the last three years.

Where does he fit in? The Eagles have a ton of running backs on the roster.

Corey Clement was a Super Bowl star but only had 85 carries last year. Wendell Smallwood has shown flashes but can’t stay healthy. Donnel Pumphrey was a fourth-round pick but had a terrible training camp and never got on the field. Darren Sproles re-signed with the Eagles but he’s coming off an ACL injury. Even Ajayi has been dogged by sore knees, and his contract is up after this year.

Hence, Jones.

Jones, originally a third-round pick out of Florida, is only 25 years old and judging from the way Pederson spoke about him Friday, he just may have a significant role in the running back rotation moving forward.

“Added depth, added competition,” Pederson said. “Obviously, Sproles’ [health] situation right now, it just gives us depth there. 

“Jay’s a guy going forward I want to make sure he’s 100 percent, he’s ready for the regular season and all those types of things down the road, so Matt gives us that depth and competition, and I’m excited for him to get into that mix too.”