Chris Ivory wants the ball

Among the many changes to the Jets this year, one of the biggest and most impactful might be at the running back position. Chris Ivory could be a major part of that change and it sounds as if Ivory wants to help the Jets win, and to accomplish that, he wants the ball.

“Along with [winning], I do want the touches,” Ivory told the Star-Ledger. “I feel like I can be a big threat, but overall I just want to win, man. And be a big part of that puzzle.”

The Jets are going to have a puzzle on offense, to be sure and the picture on the box is that Morhinweg’s offense generally relies on running backs who can also catch the ball. Ivory might not have been used that way much in Sean Payton’s offense in New Orleans, but can he catch it?

“People say I can’t catch,” said Ivory. “But how many times have these people seen me catch a pass out of the backfield and all the times I caught the ball. But yet, they say I can’t catch.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The West Coast is going to rely on a lot of short timing passes, and from among that list are passes to running backs either on screens or routes where the back releases into the flat or behind the linebackers. The Jets are going to make use of their running backs as receivers and if Ivory can handle that work, then he’s going to be more of use in this offense than some of the analysts envision him to be. Conversely, if he can’t contribute in the passing game then it’s going to be more difficult for him to stay on the field and get the touches he’s looking for and he’ll be best used as an early down back. ┬áIvory has been used sparingly in the pass game during his time in New Orleans, but his results have been good with a small sample size. ┬áIt’s going to be important to keep an eye on how he fares during camp to get a sense of whether or not the Jets can use him in that way this fall.