When it was announced that the New York Jets acquired running back Chris Ivory from the New Orleans Saints for a fourth round pick, it was a sign of good things to come. The Jets needed a running back with big play-making abilities, and with the departure of Shonn Greene, Ivory would provide just that.
With the former Saints running back, the Jets were getting a fast, strong and agile back. Ivory proved that he is a capable running back that can make the big plays. For unknown reasons, Ivory did not see playing time until later in the 2012 season, buried in the New Orleans’ roster. But when he did play, the fourth-year running back’s numbers jump out of the page, with 40 carries (his longest a 56-yard run) for 217 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. What is also noticeable is his 5.4 yards per carry that it equates to. In three years, Ivory has played 24 games with 10 starts, carrying the ball 256 times for 1,307 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns.
Ivory was brought in to be the Jets’ featured back, but a combination of his injuries and his dip in production left the Jets not fully trusting the running back with a bigger workload , until now. With Ivory’s increase in carries, he has been giving the Jets and their fans something to look forward to the next few seasons.
In 12 games, Ivory has run for 569 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. Those stats may not jump out at you, but there’s no denying that the running back is a chain mover, and that’s exactly what the Jets need. In today’s game against the Oakland Raiders, Ivory finished with 76 yards rushing (4.2 yards per carry) and a score. On one play, Ivory was breaking tackles, making his mark rumbling his way to a 15-yard touchdown, dragging a defender.
The way he’s been playing recently, the running back is worth every cent of that $10 million (for three years) contract.