“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.comWe 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.