The New York Jets got a little reminiscent during the NFL Network’s Top 100 players series. Here’s a look at the impact of running back Chris Ivory.
In 2013, the New York Jets sent a fourth-round draft pick to the New Orleans Saints for Chris Ivory. The Jets then signed Ivory to a three-year, $6M contract. This offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Ivory to a five-year, $35M deal. Now that Ivory is officially off the team, it’s time to take a look back at Ivory’s impact on the team.
Here’s what Ivory did in three seasons with the Jets: 2013: 182 carries, 833 yards, 3 TDs, 4.6 yards per carry – 2014: 198 carries, 821 yards, 6 TDs, 4.1 yards per carry – 2015: 247 carries, 1,070 yards, 7 TDs, 4.3 yards per carry – Totals: 627 carries, 2,724 yards, 16 TDs, 4.3 yards per carry
The Jets made a wise move by deciding not to match Ivory’s pay rate with the Jaguars. Ideally the Jets wanted to keep Ivory, but they knew it wasn’t realistic.
Ivory was hot and cold during his tenure with the Jets. Last season, he reached the thousand yard plateau for the first time in his career.
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But it seemed that he got beaten down by the end of the season and was riddled ineffective by carries and injuries.
Ivory brought a brash and bruising running style to the big apple and the Jets won’t soon forget it.
Ivory was a monster last season as his best play was one fans will remember for a very long time.
The top play from last season epitomized Ivory’s style and showcased his unique skill-set.
Ivory shed five defenders off of him on a miraculous run that helped the Jets sweep the Miami Dolphins last season.
The Jets and their fans got one last look at Ivory in a Jets uniform last week during the NFL Network’s Top 100 players series:
"I don't think people understand.He runs really…really, really…really hard."
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 19, 2016
Although it’s easy to remember the deficiencies of Ivory’s game: durability was a concern, he was a one-dimensional back and he was always in a running back by committee. The lasting memory for Jets fans will be his relentless aggression, his ability to attack defenders (not the other way around) and that the Jets got the most bang for their buck in this deal.