Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory takes a hand off from quarterback Geno Smith (7) during minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Ivory: More Than a Power Runner


We know that Chris Ivory is the physical runner of the Jets’ group. Chris is the guy that will run over you first, before running around you. Chris Johnson, being known as the speed guy, would create the ultimate “thunder and lightning” combination.

But is that the only part of Chris Ivory’s game? If we look at some of the numbers, we will learn some interesting facts. Let’s have a look, courtesy of our friends at Pro Football Focus.

First of all, take a look at yards per carry AFTER CONTACT.  Leading the league at 3.01 yards per carry was none other than Chris Ivory.  Yes, that has to do a lot with Chris’ physical style, no doubt about it.  But it also shows us that he is quick as well, to keep those feet moving and top Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy in the same category.

Then, we have the “elusive rating”. Basically, this is Pro Football Focus’ attempt to quantify a running back’s ability to put up positive yards on his own, once his blockers cannot help any longer.

Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch are numbers one and two, but right behind them at number three is Chris Ivory, coming in with a 62.2 rating. For context, LeSean McCoy rated 48.8, Jamal Charles posted a 42.4, Alfred Morris was good for a 47.5, and the newly acquired Chris Johnson posted a 15.5.

Clearly, Chris Ivory will be the “thunder” to Chris Johnson’s “lightning”. But, fear not, there is a little bit of lightning to Chris Ivory’s game as well.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Chris Ivory needs a break out year for the Jets this season. He managed 833 yrds on 188 attempts on the ground last season, and 2 receptions for 10 yds. While splitting time with Powell last season, he missed some time due to injury, managing 6 starts, but appeared in 15 of the teams games last season. The Jet backfield has become a bit more crowed this season with the addition of Richardson and Jonson, and the return of Powell. The competition for playing time should be interesting, with all of these guys bringing their own skill sets. Everyone is predicting a combo of Ivory/Johnson to be the mainstay of the backfield this season, but I’m not so sure. The Jets have some interesting talent in the backfield, camp should be fun to watch, I think Ivory may actually be pushed for a starting spot, it’ll be interesting to see how he responds! The Jets are in good shape in the run department this season!

    • Alan Schechter

      Agreed Paul, probably one of the most intriguing positions to watch this summer. You think Richardson is going to push these guys?

    • AC

      I think they may mix it up more than we think. I know Marty has said they like to keep the ball with the guy with the “hot hand” so to speak, but with 3 viable RBs you need to use the depth. I think Ivory will see a bit more of the ball than Johnson as long as he stays healthy, as they will probably not want to push CJ2k too hard every game unless they feel he is 100% healthy.

      • Paul Newbold

        Granted they will keep Johnson to a pitch count early on, saving him for later in the season when defenses aren’t as fresh and he could be more productive. If Powell continues to develop in camp, he may become a value tool for this offense. His 36 receptions for almost 300 yds last season playing part time, is a good base to work from. With a bigger role, he could become a favorite outlet for Smith. Ivory is more one dimensional, he caught very few balls last season. Richardson is interesting, a pick up off the wire this off season, no risk but big return if he puts it all together finally. He sat out OTA’s with the same turf toe that plagued him last season I read somewhere. If he were to get healthy and have a great camp, things could be interesting. I’m not saying Ivory isn’t talented, but with all this competition in camp, I’m not so sure he”ll be their primary back this season. It will be interesting to follow I think!