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.