Chris Ivory showed some really impressive traits in spurts during his time with the New Orleans Saints. Despite being mired in an overly crowded — and talented — backfield with his former team, Ivory broke through when his opportunities came, and then made them count.
Ivory’s 1,307 career rushing yards don’t tell the whole tale, as over his three years of pro work, the undrafted free agent out of Tiffin University boasts a 5.1 yards per carry average. Now Ivory finally has the chance for a regular featured role, hitting New York Jets training camp as the frontrunner by miles ahead of the pack, which includes free agent Mike Goodson and second-year back Bilal Powell.
“I have real high expectations,” Ivory told the NY Daily News. “Once I get out there, I’ll open some more eyes… It’s not a challenge. I know I’m capable of it. Once I’m healthy, I know all those things will fall in place… and everybody will see the three-down back that I am.”
However, Ivory has also battled the injury bug during his career, which could account for a huge part of the reason why Ivory’s only received 256 carries over the past two years. Yet it seems the Jets were hoping for more than 256 carries in just the 2013 NFL season.
This will present as a big an obstacle as any — and is why I’m afraid to go anywhere near the Ivory bandwagon — as Ivory already has been bitten by a hamstring issue now in Jets training camp.