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RB Chris Ivory - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-0, 222Born: 3-22-1988College: TiffinDrafted: ---

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General News (Tue Feb 2): is likely to sign elsewhere this offseason. Although he racked up an AFC-best 1,070 rushing yards in 2015, he'll be 28 next month, he declined late in the season, and the Jets salary cap situation is tight. New York has seven starters headed to free agency, and they have only $14 million projected in salary cap space. Ivory said he would like to re-sign with the Jets but is not sure if the team will have the salary cap space to bring him back.

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Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 17 vs BUF (6 / 81 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory, who was suffering from a minor knee injury, was used sparingly throughout the game. Stevan Ridley started the game and served as New York's early-down running back while Ivory came on in third downs. Ivory was largely contained, but ripped off a 58-yard run during the third quarter to surpass the 1,000-yard mark. New York trailed for the entire game and ultimately decided to abandon running the ball during the fourth quarter, so Ivory's opportunities were limited. Alike Fitzpatrick, Ivory is an impending free agent who is coming off a career year.

2015 Week 16 vs NE (11 / 38 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 4 / 0 rec)

Simply put, Chris Ivory appears to be out-of-gas and looks inferior to Bilal Powell, a player that has gotten stronger as the season has progressed. Ivory continues to display the same hard-nosed running style, but he clearly loses steam as the game progresses. Ivory also missed the entire second quarter after suffering a knee injury. Ivory was able to return to the game, but he was ineffective. During the fourth quarter, Ivory took a carry off right tackle and raced into the secondary. Ivory was hawked down by Jamie Collins and fumbled, but luckily, the ball soared out of bounds. Ivory looked dynamic early in the season, but he has clearly regressed after passing the 150 carry mark.

2015 Week 15 vs DAL (13 / 37 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

An attractive match-up against Dallas' beatable defensive front did not come to fruition for Chris Ivory. After watching Green Bay's rushing attack gash Dallas' defense, Ivory was unable to get into a rhythm and was routinely stuffed at the line of scrimmage and in the backfield. Early in the game, Ivory was stuffed on a 4th-and-1 chance on Dallas' 4-yard line. Ivory would encounter a similar fate for the rest of the game as his offensive line had trouble in power running situations. Chan Gailey opted to rotate Bilal Powell in in more frequently and his decision proved to be a wise one. Powell looked much more explosive as a runner and pass catcher and 'vultured' a 12-yard scamper late in the first quarter. After a strong start to his season, Ivory has proven to be a 'boom or bust' player as we inch closer to the playoffs.

2015 Week 14 vs TEN (22 / 101 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory went 'back-to-basics' against the Tennessee Titans. Ivory benefitted from seeing a lot of volume, rushing 22 times for 101 yards, but more importantly, he looked fresh. Ivory looked like an explosive, human battering ram at times, launching his body into defenders and carrying tacklers for extra yardage. Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh was gored by Ivory and ended up leaving the game. While he didn't score a touchdown, Ivory sets the tone for the rest of the offense and softens defensive fronts so the passing game can get on track.

2015 Week 13 vs NYG (10 / 47 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 22 / 0 rec)

Overall, game flow minimalized Chris Ivory's impact. Ivory started the game hot, ripping off 37 yards on his first four carries, but became a non-factor as game flow swung in the Giants' favor. In addition, Ivory lost a fumble when he was hit by Jason Pierre-Paul. Due to game flow, Bilal Powell played more snaps than he usually does and made an impact in the passing game. It's clear that the coaching staff prefers Powell in passing down (and comeback) situations.

2015 Week 12 vs MIA (21 / 87 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory was largely contained by Miami's run defense, but looked much more explosive than he did in prior weeks. Ivory's explosiveness was on full display during New York's first snap on offense; Ivory ripped a 16-yard run off left tackle and carried a few defenders for extra yardage. Midway through the fourth quarter, Ivory busted loose for a 31-yard touchdown scamper. Credit New York's offensive line, which added Nick Mangold back into the fold, for opening running lanes and letting Ivory cruise into the open field. With Ivory and Bilal Powell seemingly healthy at the same time for the first time in two months, Ivory out-snapped Powell 3-to-1. This was an encouraging sign and bodes well for his upcoming match-ups.

2015 Week 11 vs HOU (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

A combination of factors, namely injuries, game flow, and lack of burst, contributed to another lackluster performance by Ivory. During the first half, Ivory gained just four yards on three carries as he failed to develop a rhythm. Early in the game, Ivory was seen with the training staff, which provided more opportunities for Bilal Powell and Stevan Ridley. During the second half, Ivory ripped off an impressive 23-yard run off left tackle, but he once again left the game. New York faced a double digit deficit during the third quarter, so Bilal Powell primarily played as New York attempted to mount its comeback.

2015 Week 10 vs BUF (18 / 99 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

From a pure production standpoint, Ivory had his best performance of the last month, but isn't playing at the same level that he did at the start of the season. With Nick Mangold back in the fold, Ivory had more room to work, but still lacks some explosiveness. Ivory was able to generate yardage before contact, but had trouble slipping away from the first defender. Ball control has also become a bugaboo for Ivory. Early in the third quarter, Bacarri Rambo, who had a great day, stripped the football away. Ivory has had some ball control issues that he'll look to rectify over the next week.

2015 Week 9 vs JAX (23 / 26 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

One week after getting embarrassed by Oakland's resurgent front seven, Ivory did not bounce back and had arguably one of the worst performances in NFL history from a volume standpoint. Ivory's 23 rushing attempts, which generated just 26 yards, were an all-time low for a player with at least 23 attempts. Ivory was able to salvage his afternoon with two short touchdown plunges, but Ivory needed multiple attempts to get the ball across the plane. New York's offensive line play has not been good and Nick Mangold departed in the second quarter with an apparent injury. Mangold's departure further exacerbated issues for a unit that was already missing Willie Colon. Simply put, the offensive line was unable to win its one-on-one match-ups and Ivory did not have much room to work.

2015 Week 8 vs OAK (15 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory had his worst performance to date, but credit Oakland's underrated run defense for a superb effort. Ivory didn't have anywhere to run and most of his carries went for 2 yards or fewer. Game flow was also an issue since New York fell behind 21-3 in the first half. Ivory was involved in the passing game, which was a positive sign. Nick Mangold also missed this game due to a neck injury, so New York relied upon an inexperienced, practice squad center, Wesley Johnson, to lead the offensive line. Johnson struggled with calls and protections, which did not make things any easier. Mangold lobbied to play, but the training staff held him out. Expect Mangold to return next week.

2015 Week 7 vs NE (17 / 41 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

Chris Ivory re-injured his balky hamstring on New York's first play, but battled through the ailment throughout the game. Ivory made several trips to the trainer's table, but kept fought his way back onto the field. Ivory lacked his trademark toughness and explosiveness on inside runs and resorted to lunging for extra yardage instead of running through defenders. Ivory was able to salvage a frustrating game by hitting paydirt in the third quarter. Ivory leaked out of the backfield for an easy 9-yard catch and run. New England forgot to cover Ivory, so credit a bit of good fortune.

2015 Week 6 vs WAS (20 / 146 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)

There's no denying that Ivory is one of the league's best running backs after gashing Washington's sixth-ranked run defense for 146 yards while chipping in 50 receiving yards. While not known his long-speed, Ivory posted season-long runs of 54 yards and 32 yards in his drubbing of Washington's run defense. Ivory is not a burner, per se, but his long speed is an underrated facet of his game. Getting Ivory out on the edge was the focal point of New York's attack. The interior of Washington's run defense has proven to be its strength, but Ivory did not have any problems attacking and taking advantage of Washington's weaknesses. Bilal Powell (ankle) left during the second quarter, so Ivory was asked to play on third down as well. Ivory showed that he can lethal as a pass catcher, posting a long catch-and-run down the right side line for a 24-yard gain. As always, Ivory sets the tone for New York's offense and his impact has been felt during each win.

2015 Week 4 vs MIA (29 / 166 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory rushed for a career 166 yards and one touchdown as he embarrassed Miami's lackluster run defense. Miami attempted to arm tackle Ivory throughout the game, but Ivory ran through first contact and routinely got into the second level. During New York's first drive, Ivory scored from three-yard outs. Ivory fumbled the ball as he broke the plane, but luckily, the call stood. New York jumped out to an early double digit lead that it wouldn't relinquish, so New York kept feeding Ivory throughout the game. The play of the game occurred during the third quarter when Ivory met an unblocked Suh at the line of scrimmage. Suh attempted to shoulder tackle Ivory, but Ivory bounced off of him and rumbled for a 10-yard gain. Ivory sets the tone for New York's offense and his impact has been felt during each win.

2015 Week 2 vs IND (14 / 57 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory had 14 carries for just 57 yards in Week 2 as the Colts defense did a great job at defending the run all night. He did add 2 receptions in this game for three yards. He didn't get much going in this game, especially in the first half where he finished with just 11 yards on 8 touches. Ivory has been battling a groin injury and split carries with backup running back Bilal Powell in this game. Late in the third quarter Ivory broke his longest run of the night hurdling a Colts defender for a 19-yard gain. Chris Ivory is never a back to shy away from contact as he takes a nice misdirection counter play down threw a Colts linebacker in the 4th quarter while the Jets were controlling the clock.

2015 Week 1 vs CLE (20 / 91 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Chris Ivory garnered a lot of attention after an impressive pre-season and continued to impress during Week 1. Ivory was featured in true 'bell cow' fashion, only ceding some third down work to Bilal Powell. In typical Ivory fashion, he initiated contact and fought for tough yards at the end of every run. Ivory also took advantage of his red zone opportunities by scoring from ten-yards and three-yards out, respectively. In total, Ivory garnered five red zone carries, including three carries inside the five-yard line. Cleveland's trouble of defending the run were well-documented and Ivory made sure that he took advantage of their short-comings.


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