Good morning Jets fans. Time to continue our trip down memory lane, talking about John Idzik’s first season with the New York Jets. So far, we have looked at round one, rounds two and three, and then the balance of the draft. Now let’s move ahead.
This morning, let’s talk about an acquisition that the fan base had been begging for since last season, and nearly jumped for joy when it happened. You see who I am talking about:
CHRIS IVORY: Ivory was acquired by Idzik via trade with the New Orleans Saints on draft day. In return, the Jets dealt their fourth round pick. He subsequently signed a three-year contract worth ten million dollars. The fan base was thrilled. Why not? Anyone that watched him play for the Saints had every reason to be thrilled. He is a nasty, downhill runner.
Early in training camp, however, Chris Ivory was bothered by a hamstring problem that really slowed his progression in the Jets’ offense. Bilal Powell took the lead, and for the first six weeks, Chris never rushed for more than 52 yards. We started to wonder if this was the right move. At least I did. Ivory did have a history of injuries in his career.
Then came week seven against the Patriots. It was Chris Ivory’s coming out party, with 34 carries for 104 yards. He went into the bye week eclipsing the 100 yard mark two out of three weeks. Starting in week seven, he averaged 71.8 yards per game, which plotted out over a 16 week season, would total 1,148 yards rushing. That would have been quite a solid number. It’s not A.P numbers, but it’s solid.
I know I am looking forward to seeing how Chris Ivory looks in his second season with the New York Jets. If Mornhinweg unleashes the beast, it could be quite special. For this, I am giving a grade of……………..A-