[Update: A source tells me the Dolphins have decided not to trade Jarvis Landry and have told him as much. But, well, the proof of all this will be known at 4 p.m.]
We won’t know the full extent of the Dolphins work relative to these two players until after the NFL trade deadline passes at 4 p.m. Tuesday. But we know that in recent weeks the team’s braintrust — coaches and front office — became frustrated by both players for quite similar reasons.
Neither player has been fully bought in to what the Dolphins are trying to accomplish.
With Ajayi this was surprising because last season he was the NFL’s fourth-leading rusher and he worked extremely hard in the offseason to increase his value to the team by improving his pass-catching skills. He worked on that and all it entails — route running, hands, pass protection — to be on the field on third down.
Despite this Ajayi was averaging 3.4 yards per rush, which is considerably less than the 4.9 yards per attempt he gained last season. And he lost the third-down duties to Damien Williams in recent weeks.
But the yards per attempt and the third-down role were not…Read More