When the Miami Dolphins selected running back Jay Ajayi in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft the South Florida franchise were lauded as having secured something of a coup.
Fast forward a few months and, almost two weeks into training camp, those optimistic voices have taken a step into the background.
First there were stern words from the Dolphins front office regarding Ajayi's blocking ability, or lack there of. And now, with the British born prospect nursing a hamstring injury, Miami have recruited a new running back in a move that one reporter at least believes is a sign that the young star's injury is worse than first thought.
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The arrival of former Seattle Seahawks back up Demitruis Bronson to the Miami Dolphins depth chart shouldn't suggest any serious shake up of the back field. Palm Beach Post reporter, Andrew Abramson, though believes it is a sign all is not well with Ajayi.
Ajayi's entrance into the NFL from Boise State was affected by injury, too. Initially projected as a second round pick NFL teams backed of a little as rumors of cartilage issues surfaced in the run up to draft night.
Now in the NFL with Miami it looks like fresh injury issues are affecting his transition.
A timeline of recovery from the current hamstring issue hasn't been outlined by the Dolphins themselves but, in adding a new face to an already crowded running back corps, Miami certainly look to be making contingency plans should Ajayi be facing up to missing several weeks of pre-season.
Indeed, with Jay Ajayi currently battling with Damien Williams and LaMichael James for the back up role behind Lamar Miller, any time he misses now could lead to him finding himself at the bottom of the depth chart, and thus inactive, come the regular season.