BGA: Running Backs – Ivory power

Chris Ivory’s season has been uneven due to injuries, the struggles on the offensive line and the fact that Bilal Powell has been seeing more action than him at times. However, when he gets going, he’s proven to be an excellent runner and his spectacular driving 15-yard touchdown run in the second half underscored that.

Despite the issues limiting his playing time, Ivory needs just 87 yards over the last three games to make this a career year. In order to become a 1,000 yard back, he needs to average 120 yards per game, so that’s probably unlikely but not entirely unfeasible.

The Jets’ running game did rack up an impressive 143 yards on the ground, although to some extent that was artificially skewed by the fact that Geno Smith ran for 50 yards. Ivory did average over four yards per carry though, breaking five tackles and averaging over three yards per carry after contact to move himself into a first placed tie for the NFL lead in that category with Adrian Peterson and Andre Ellington.

Chris Ivory

Ivory also served notice of his improvements as a pass blocker, lighting up Sio Moore on a blitz and sending him over to the sideline. There were negatives though – he did get beaten for the Raiders’ only sack and also fumbled in the second half, although he did well to recover that himself.

Bilal Powell continues to struggle to get anything going on the ground. He gained just two yards on five carries in the first half, although he did pick up a first down with some tough wildcat yardage. In the second half, he had a nice 11-yard run where he spun out of a tackle and broke a tackle in the open field on a 24-yard screen pass, but he’s averaged less than 30 rushing yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry since week four.

At fullback, Tommy Bohanon was once again ineffective as a blocker. They also threw to him twice with one pass off his fingertips and another one completed, but failing to pick up the first down because his momentum carried him out of bounds. While the placement of the pass could have been better on each of those plays, I wonder if he could have done a better job of sharpening his route to the flat.

Alex Green was in on a couple of wildcat plays but did not handle the ball. Debutante Darius Reynaud was only used on special teams.


Next up…Kerley’s return bolsters the receivers unit.




7 comments
Mike Milea
Mike Milea

Bilial Powell needs to be in space more, if we're running the ball through the gaps PLEASE let Ivory handle that job, not that Powell can't, but Ivory is a MONSTROSITY when it comes to contact and can make gaps for himself even when there are none. Powell is more shifty, give him the ball on counters and stretches and pitches and let him dance then hit the gas and go because that's where he excels. I think after a little POW! From Powell, then unleashing the IVORY MONSTROSITY on teams can be uber effective and extraordinarily tireing on opposing deffenses. I love our backs and I think their styles truly compliment each other and that their ceilings are sky high especially if they're used the right way together. I would like to see us replace Alex Green with someone else though, I truly know nothing about him and have yet to see him contribute in any way, to me he's a nobody and I would like to replace him with a anybody.

spindoctor
spindoctor

don't hate me because I am a little happy that the Gronk is out for the year

greggreen
greggreen

this new commenting sucks. also love watching ivory run

Bytor
Bytor

After that 15 yard run, my 9yr old said it looked Marshawn Lynch-like. I tend to agree. More of that please! Oh, and while the playoff mathematics are still in play please replace Winters until we're out.

a57se
a57se

I think Ivory was close to knocking Moore out on that play.......he went down in a lump.

LRJets
LRJets

@a57se   When the Jets acquired Ivory, more than one Saints fan echoed how sorry they were to see him go. From, "he's a beast", to "take Ingram instead".

One of the Jets better acquisitions of late.