Chris Ivory, Linden Gaydosh, Greg Hardy

Ivory expected to be short-yardage back

“If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously,” Running Backs Coach Anthony Lynn said on Monday (Walder, July 28).

Chris Johnson will likely be the team’s primary back, but Ivory would get the short-yardage call due to being “the best power runner in the game,” Lynn said.

“Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on,” Lynn said.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

We think that Ivory will certainly get the chance to be the team’s lead back for a series at a time, but we expect that with Chris Johnson on the team and healthy Ivory will be best used as Lynn outlines … in short yardage and goal line situations.

The reason for this is that Ivory doesn’t offer the versatility out of the backfield that Chris Johnson or even Bilal Powell does.  Since 2010, Ivory has only caught five passes, two of which came in 2013 with the Jets.  Ivory is a powerful runner, but a dual threat like Johnson makes more sense on more downs based on the rest of the Jets offense.




18 comments
ripper
ripper

To be honest, I am excited about the stable of running backs for this coming season. Adding CJ to the mix give the run game so much versatility.

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Call me crazy but Powell could very easily be the common denominator running back with Ivory and CJ sharing duty.  Powell showed a lot last year - I would guess his mean yards per carry was higher than Ivory (who may have had a higher median).  He has gotten better each year and he stays on the field.  Not a bad receiver.  

Best power runner in the game? Did someone forget about AP?

SackDance99
SackDance99

Ivory was working hard in the pass-catching drills from what I saw over the weekend.  Nobody is going to mistake him for Richie Anderson, but 10-15 catches would be a huge plus for the offense.

Stanley Bostitch
Stanley Bostitch

C'mon, we all know who the primary goal-line back is going to be. Sheldon!

bob
bob

I would like to run da ball.

__fense
__fense

I wish that people would say what the question he was answering was. Posting the quote with no context implies that Ivory will only play on the goal like, But I'm guessing that he was asked specifically about goal line play, where it should be obvious that Ivory is best suited to this role. "Ivory would be on the goal line" doesn't mean that the goal line is the only place he'd play, unless the question was "How will you use Ivory?".

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

He's not too shabby to break open a run in the open field for 20+ yards either.

Saints' fans were more than sorry to see him go.



Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

Can we put the entire defensive line in for goal line situations?  Offensive lines are more used to absorbing pressure.  Defensive lines are built to apply great amounts of pressure.  At the goal line, this would seem optimal.

jsadolph
jsadolph

Why limit yourself to Ivory just on the goalline.  He is good all over the field.  Use Chris and Chris interchangably.  Don't get predictable.

juunit
juunit

@Ceifus Hornswoggle 

You don't remember the play where both Ellis and Harrison were in to block for Richardson?

They both whiffed on their blocks. 

rkymtnjet
rkymtnjet

@jsadolph Lots of "coach speak" here; Chris and Chris will both be used throughout a game. I am looking forward to watching Ivory wear down the defensive line early in the game, and allow for a huge hole to be made for Johnson in the second half.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jsadolph

Why limit yourself to Ivory just on the goalline?  

We won't.

He is good all over the field.  

He is.

Use Chris and Chris interchangably.  

We will.

Don't get predictable.

We won't.