In 2009, the New York Jets rushed for an NFL-best 2756 rushing yards, a franchise record that may stand for a long time. In 2013, the Jets are hoping that Chris Ivory can be the guy to spark that running game once again.
The Jets acquired Ivory from the New Orleans Saints with their fourth-round draft pick, and Ivory will have an opportunity to earn his way onto the field in the Big Apple after being underutilized in the Big Easy.
Often buried on the Saints’ running back depth chart, the 25-year-old Ivory will have a chance to earn starter reps for the first time in his career, as arguably the most talented back in a five-man training camp competition.
Ivory will compete with fellow offseason addition Mike Goodson and incumbents Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and John Griffin for a likely total of four roster spots on the final 53-man roster. It should be a great battle.
A punishing runner with the power to run through tackles as well as the agility to make a man miss, Chris Ivory should be the frontrunner to earn the starting running back job for the Jets if he can stay healthy in training camp.
He’s averaged 5.1 yards per carry for his career, but only had 1307 total rushing yards in three seasons with the Saints. If things go as planned, Ivory could equal or better that 1300-yard rushing mark this season alone.
Ivory has that kind of talent, and he’ll be eager to show his former team that they should’ve given him a chance to show it. Now, it’s the Jets that will benefit from a highly-motivated runner with a big chip on his shoulder.
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