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Will Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi top 850 rushing yards?

The Miami Dolphins are coming off a 6-10 season with a lot to prove as a team and with many individual players. ESPN.com’s Dolphins page is highlighting several players who must produce in the spotlight.

On Tuesday, let’s take a look at the Dolphins' projected starting tailback.

Player: RB Jay Ajayi

Projected over/under: 850 rushing yards

Reasons for hope: Miami’s new coaching staff -- led by rookie head coach Adam Gase -- has been very encouraged with what they’ve seen from Ajayi. That part of the reason why the team hasn’t panicked to overspend for a tailback in free agency or overreach for the position in last month’s NFL draft. Ajayi has a ton of production in college with more than 3,700 career rushing yards and 55 total touchdowns. He also showed some flashes as a rookie. Ajayi should benefit from Gase’s offensive system, which is designed to spread the field with its many weapons. There isn’t much proven talent behind Ajayi at running back, which means the 2015 fifth-round pick will get plenty of opportunities to prove himself.

Reasons for concern: There is a reason Miami tried to sign C.J. Anderson in March and showed interest in Chris Johnson, who both re-signed with Denver and Arizona, respectively. Ajayi has just 187 rushing yards in his NFL career. He doesn’t have any experience as a feature tailback. So expecting Ajayi to shoulder the load in 2016 certainly comes with risks. Ajayi also has a lengthy injury history. He battled multiple knee injuries in college at Boise State and suffered a rib injury last year with Miami. Can Ajayi stay healthy in 2016 to reach his full potential?

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