Miami Dolphins Vice President Mike Tannenbaum has issued a stern warning for rookie running back, Jay Ajayi, this week.
Speaking during Tuesday's training camp, Tannenbaum was honest in his assessment of the former Boise State star's current development.
Whilst some have suggested Ajayi has a chance as becoming Miami's feature back in 2015 the franchise's VP made it clear that, unless the youngster shows signs of improvement in one key area, he won't even get on the field this season.
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"There are things we like about (Ajayi), but if he can't pass protect, he will never be active," explained Tannenbaum via the Miami Herald.
"I don't care how talented he is between the tackles. If Jay Ajayi can't pass protect, he won't be active."
The hype surrounding the British born back coming out of the 2015 draft (Miami selected him in the fifth round) had some expecting Ajayi to take a large chunk of Lamar Miller's workload from the outset in 2015.
Tannenbaum's comments, though, suggest that the youngster has a long way to go to overtake the veteran.
There is next to no chance that Jay Ajayi will be kept inactive in 2015 but he may well have to wait until his second-season, when Miller's contract will have expired, to become the true bell cow for Miami.
Learning the ropes
The road from college football to the pros is often a difficult one to travel for running backs who have enjoyed the freedom of pure offensive responsibilities thus far in their career.
Blocking and reacting to defensive blitzes take on a whole new level of importance for RBs in the NFL and it looks like Ajayi has some way to go before he can convince Miami's staff that he is the complete package. His obvious offensive potential isn't enough to make allowances elsewhere it seems.
With veteran backups Damien Williams and LaMichael James ahead of the youngster in that regard, the hyped prospect may be more of a slow burner than initially anticipated.
Dolphins fans: Would you risk Jay Ajayi over Lamar Miller in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...