Chris Ivory readying to play tonight against the Jaguars

After being cleared for participation in this week’s practices, ESPN NY notes that Chris Ivory will play in tonight’s matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

… the curtain gets pulled back Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, where Ivory is expected to make his Jets debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Asked what it’s like to tackle him, Ivory smiled.

“Hard,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to tackle me.”

Privately, the Jets believe Ivory has the ability to be a top-10 back. GM John Idzik, who made the trade for Ivory, was in Seattle when the Seahawks gave up a pair of draft picks for Lynch. He had worn out his welcome in Buffalo, but was revitalized by the change in scenery.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I like Chris Ivory a lot and truly think that he can be a real difference maker in this offense, and given the choice between having Ivory or Goodson ready for the season, I’d pick Ivory every time, but let’s remember that Marshawn Lynch was the 12th pick of the 2007 NFL Draft.  Coming into the league, it was agreed that Lynch was an excellent back and worth a first round pick.  His problem was that he wound up with the Bills, one of the worst team’s in the league and he languished there.

In that manner, Ivory is the polar opposite.  He played for one of the best teams for the first stage in his career and was an unheralded free agent when he came into the league and has had some injury concerns.

I can’t wait to see Ivory in action tonight against the Jaguars.  The offense is likely going to be vanilla so I’m not going to get overly concerned about his yards per carry average, but I am certainly going to watch how he does after first contact.