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Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi, ex-Boise State great, cracks NFL’s top 100 players list

The NFL Network is counting down the top 100 players in the league, as voted on by the players, and former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi had a nice spot on the list.

On Monday, the players ranked between 61 and 70 were unveiled, and the Dolphins’ Ajayi was ranked No. 69.

“What jumps off the screen with Jay is just his effort,” 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. “This guy just runs through tackles ... he’s just a nonstop, locomotive train, man. At the same time, he’s not just a power back, you see his breakaway speed.”

Ajayi rushed for 1,272 yards in the regular season in 2016, scoring eight touchdowns in his second NFL season. He had back-to-back 200-yard games Oct. 16 and 23, joining O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams as the only players to do so in consecutive weeks. All but 117 of his yards came in the last 11 games. He played in his first Pro Bowl in January.

At 6-foot, 229-pounds, he’s one of the bigger backs in a starting role.

“When he’s on (defensive backs), it just’s an unfair matchup,” Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said.

So far, only two other running backs have been announced in the top 100, which airs each Monday. The Saints’ Adrian Peterson is No. 98 and the Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount is No. 80.

“Forty or 30 would be reasonable for me, but I’m shooting for that No. 1 spot, for sure,” Ajayi said.

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Another ex-Bronco, cornerback Jonathan Moxey, was featured in the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday.

Moxey, an undrafted free agent, is surrounded by Boise State ties with the Buccaneers and has a shot to make the roster at a position of need for Tampa Bay.

“It’s great to have those guys there — it made it a little easier and we felt a little more comfortable,” he told the Times’ Greg Auman.

Moxey reflected fondly on his time at Boise State.

“I loved being around a bunch of guys that understand that the program is bigger than themselves,” he said. “And we always had an underdog mentality. Boise is a big program, but it’s also small. We get a lot of two-star recruits, like myself. We always played with a chip on our shoulder, and that’s something I always loved about Boise.”

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