When it comes to running the football, role clarity is extremely important to every member on offense, especially at running back. For Chris Ivory, it’s crucially important he knows where he fits in so everything on offense runs smoothly when executed. The New York Jets are starting to sort out exactly who will contribute what as they will be one of the very few teams that will deploy a ground-and-pound offense. It’s the formula that garnered great results for the Jets just a few years ago as they are now committed to returning to those successful rushing roots. In hopes to rekindle some dominance on offense it’s the best path to take heading into this season.
Ivory had a solid year as the best rusher on the Jets last season. As he ran for 833 yards, three touchdowns and averaged 4.6 yards per carry, Ivory proved he has what it takes to be successful. He runs effectively, has a good ability to break tackles with ease and has no problem rushing right up the gut. Due to this, he became a clear candidate for goal line situations.
It’s expected that since the Jets acquired Chris Johnson, he will receive the majority of snaps since he will be the featured back on offense. While Johnson is a better running back than Ivory, it doesn’t minimize the impact both athletes will have running the football. With Johnson handling the football about 70 percent of the time, what about Ivory?
The Jets can utilize Ivory’s speed and strength as the primary rushing option on first-and-goal situations. It’s a great idea since not only will Ivory rack up plenty of touchdowns, but he will also keep Johnson rested and fresh throughout the season. With an offseason knee surgery, it’s important to keep Johnson healthy all year long and not worry about any nagging injuries creeping up on him.
In the end, the Jets made a great idea in giving Ivory this very important role in addition to his other responsibilities. With a deep pool at running back this season, the Jets are going to surprise the football world with how effective and tough the running game will be against opponents.