Chris Ivory, who had recently complained about his role with the New York Jets, had a huge game against his former team, the New Orleans Saints. Ivory dealt with issues with injuries all through out his short career, and that was one of the problems Jets fans worried about when the team announced they traded a fourth-round draft pick in the 2013 NFL draft for the running back.
Could he last a whole season? Is he durable?
Ivory didn’t start off on the right foot, nursing injuries yet again and sitting on the sideline. When Ivory came back, he showed flashes of his potential but Marty Mornhinweg and the Jets didn’t fully trust the back, so he shared carries with Bilal Powell.
Well, today, Ivory made a statement to the Jets organization, the Saints and the league. He means business and he’s ready to prove people wrong. Today, against his former team, Ivory tore it up for 139 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and one touchdown; his longest was a 52-yard rumble down the field, making cuts and breaking tackles. This is the type of potential he showed when in New Orleans and this is what he can bring to the Jets.
Through nine games — and let’s keep in mind he missed a few games due to injuries — the running back has rushed for 230 yards and a touchdown, averaging 3.1 yards per carry. If healthy, Ivory can bring those numbers up and be a key playmaker on a Jets offensive unit that lacks playmakers.
Today, Ivory showed he can be the Jets’ future feature back. Ivory is fast, strong, agile and, when given the chance, has proven he is a capable running back that can make the big plays. The third-year running back’s stats don’t jump out of the page, but with the little chances he got with the Saints, he made them count. In 2012, Ivory shared carries with three other backs in New Orleans and only rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns, but he did average 5.4 yards per carry. Prior to joining the Jets, Ivory, in three years, played in 24 games, rushing for 1,307 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns.
With his bruising running style, Ivory has the ability to keep the chains moving and has the potential to make the big homerun plays. The Jets would be smart to keep feeding Ivory the ball.