In theory, the New York Jets gained pieces this past offseason to improve their running game. Trading for Chris Ivory from the New Orleans Saints brought in a strong and quick back who can hit holes. It appears that Gang Green had someone capable of replacing Shonn Greene in front of them all along.
Bilal Powell demonstrated game-breaking ability last season by averaging four yards per carry. This action took place primarily in a reserve role, where he provided a great change of pace. New York now has the man who is tied for third in rushing in the AFC as their starting running back in 2013.
There were questions as to whether his impact would be that dynamic. Reports from ESPN state that Ivory has been more active in team practices and is getting closer to returning. He has been dealing with an injured hamstring after Week 3′s victory against the Buffalo Bills. This would help their running game by taking some pressure of Powell. There will be even more of a boost Monday night against hosting Atlanta Falcons.
Mike Goodson is set to debut after a four-game suspension. Just to remind everyone, Goodson sat out due weapons and drug-related charges. Alex Green was the no. 2 last Sunday. He really does not inspire too much confidence as a reliable option.
Goodson, however, demonstrated some ability in his earlier stops. While being listed as “active” doesn’t mean he will play, there is a good chance. Playing Goodson something like 5-10 snaps in this game will help him get acclimated.