RB Chris Ivory, Free agent
HT: 6-0, WT: 222, Born: 3-22-1988, College: Tiffin, Drafted: ---
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: C Clay (135), Chris Ivory (136), C Palmer (137), L Green (138)
Position: K Robinson (127-RB46), J Hill (130-RB47), Chris Ivory (136 - RB48), C Michael (141-RB49), L Blount (147-RB50)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: B Hartline (148), J Boykin (149), Chris Ivory (150), S Smith (151),
Position: K Robinson (131-RB47), C Michael (136-RB48), Chris Ivory (150 - RB49), J Stewart (154-RB50), A Bradshaw (155-RB51)
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Chris Ivory had the highest yardage total of his career in 2013, playing more games than he had since he played a dozen in 2010 as a rookie. Despite that, the New York Jets decided to bring in some help in the form of Chris Johnson. The Jets are looking to go heavy on the ground, so there will be plenty of carries to go around, but Ivory will probably see a dip in his carries as long as Johnson is healthy and effective, so he might not approach 200 carries or 833 yards as he did last season. The upside is that not having to carry the ball as much could help him stay healthier, keeping him on the field more often.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Like Powell, Ivory did not have much success against Tampa Bay’s stout run defense. Bilal Powell started the game and Ivory did not appear until the 3rd series. Ivory displayed his ability to run hard between the tackles, but did not have many running lanes. On a few of Geno Smith’s designed runs, Ivory was the lead blocker and successfully set the edge with hardnosed blocks. Ivory was featured on a few designed screen passes, but was unable to secure the passes.
Week 2 - Bilal Powell started the game, but Chris Ivory was more effective as a runner. Ivory, who averaged 4.3 yards per carry, showed shiftiness, agility, and the ability to fall forward at the end of a run. Ivory repeatedly made the first tackler miss with a dip, spin, or simply ran through a defender’s arm tackle. Ivory was quick enough to elude defensive penetration and bull his way to additional yardage. The rushing attack had a lot of success early in the game, but Mornhinweg opted to throw more in the second half. Ivory was running hot early on, picking up 37 yards through the first quarter and a half, but an untimely fumble, which was recovered by the Jets, gave Bilal Powell more opportunities. Following the fumble, Ivory earned just 15 yards on six carries. Ivory has only fumbled twice in his last 237 carries so hopefully this fumble was an aberration.
Week 3 - Chris Ivory suffered a first quarter hamstring injury and did not return. Ivory started the game, but did not look like the same runner we saw last week. Ivory was a little tentative and did not accelerate through open running lanes. Ivory dealt with hamstring issues during the pre-season, so keep an eye on the injury report.
Week 5 - Chris Ivory did not receive many carries, but he made each one count. Ivory is the definition of a max effort runner and those skills were on display during the fourth quarter. On a 1st-and-10 play from Atlanta’s 23-yard line, Ivory exploded through the line of scrimmage and hurdled a defender for a 19-yard gain. Ivory’s run set-up Geno Smith’s touchdown pass to Kellen Winslow. Ivory, who is playing through a hamstring injury, did not receive enough carries to fully acclimate himself to the game. However, his one carry for 19-yards helped his team win the game.
Week 6 - Chris Ivory has become an afterthought in Marty Mornhinweg’s West Coast offense. Ivory received three of his four carries during a third quarter drive, but failed to generate much success. Ivory was quickly bottled up and was not utilized as New York attempted to throw its way back into the game. Given the injury to Mike Goodson, Ivory may receive more carries in the coming weeks.
Week 7 - Chris Ivory was unexpectedly featured against New England. Mike Goodson suffered a season ending injury last week, so Ivory was expected to receive more work. However, Ivory out-touching Bilal Powell 35-3 was not expected. Ivory only averaged 3.1 yards per carry, but grinded his way to 100-yards. New England’s Front 7 is undermanned, but completely sold out to stop the run. Ivory displayed the angry, physical running style he displayed in New Orleans. After the game, Rex Ryan stated that Powell was not injured and the team simply rode the hot hand, which is encouraging for Ivory’s prospects.
Week 8 - After last week’s heavy workload, Ivory saw just six carries as New York fell behind early. Ivory took all of his carries during the first quarter and had trouble finding open running lanes. Simply put, Cincinnati’s Front 7 won the battle at the line of scrimmage and New York’s running game suffered.
Week 9 - After last week’s light workload, New York fed Chris Ivory early and often. Playing against his old team, Ivory ran angry as he averaged a staggering 7.7 yards per carry. Ivory’s stat line was boosted by three carries of 25+ yards. Ivory isn’t known for his quickness, but he displayed an explosive second gear as he broke into the second level of New Orleans’ defense. Ivory posted a long run of 52 yards where he ran through a massive hole off right tackle and exploded into the secondary. Ivory ran through arm tackles and carried defenders for extra yardage. Midway through the second quarter, Ivory ran off right tackle for a 3-yard touchdown run. New York’s offensive line did an excellent job winning their assignments as Ivory ran untouched into the end zone. It was encouraging to see the offensive line bounce back after a tough performance against Cincinnati. New York opts to heavily lean on Ivory when it wants to control the clock and limit the opportunities of high scoring offenses.
Week 11 - Chris Ivory’s final stat line was not indicative of his play throughout the game. 75 of his 98 yards occurred during the fourth quarter when Buffalo boasted a 27-point lead. Late in the fourth quarter, Ivory ripped off a long run off right tackle for 69 yards. Buffalo was not prepared for the play and Ivory showed nice burst into the open field. Outside of this play, eight of Ivory’s 15 carries went for two yards or less. Ivory was able to cash in on a short 1-yard touchdown plunge in the third-quarter, but it took him two carries inside the 5-yard line to convert.
Week 12 - Chris Ivory ran hard, but outside of a 17-yard, first quarter run, Baltimore held him in check. Early in the first quarter, New York called an inside trap play and rookie Brian Winters’ block on Haloti Ngata sprung Ivory’s 17-yard run into Baltimore territory. Overall, New York’s run blocking was poor and Ivory was met at the line of scrimmage by numerous Baltimore defenders. Ivory injured his left ankle midway through the third quarter and did not return.
Week 13 - Chris Ivory was used very sparingly during the first half, taking just three carries for 11 yards. After halftime, New York rode Ivory and he responded with some big runs. During the third quarter, New York called Ivory’s number on a designed run off right tackle. Ivory patiently followed his blockers, but a gigantic cutback lane opened up and he made timely jump cut and accelerated into the open field for a 32-yard gain. After his big play, New York kept calling Ivory’s number and he responded with four straight carries for 13 yards. Ivory was stopped on a 3rd-and-Goal carry from the 2-yard line. Ivory excels in grinding out the clock when his team carries a fourth quarter lead. Unfortunately, those situations have not occurred recently.
Week 14 - Once again, Chris Ivory led New York’s backfield in total touches and is firmly entrenched as the team’s starter. New York opted to utilize Ivory early and often against Oakland’s tough run defense. Ivory handled the first three touches on offense and carried three times for 20 yards. The majority of Ivory’s runs went inside for minimal gains, but Ivory used his power and leg drive to carry defenders for extra yardage. Midway through the fourth quarter, Ivory scored on a 15-yard run that gave his team a 38-20 lead. Ivory showed explosiveness as he ran through arm tackles and accelerated into the end zone for the score. In addition, Ivory grinded out the clock late to preserve the win. Ivory is New York’s back of choice when they need tough yards late in the game.
Week 15 - Chris Ivory played extremely well against the league’s top run defense. Ivory ran with an attitude and was not afraid to lower his shoulder pads and meet Luke Kuelchly in the hole. Ivory spent the majority of the game grinding out three yards gains, but exploded for a 35-yard mid-way through the second quarter. On a 1st-and-10 play, Ivory flanked Smith in the shotgun and took a misdirection snap off left tackle for 35 yards. Ivory looked explosive in the open field as he accelerated by linebackers and into the secondary. Mid-way in the third quarter, New York opted to run defensive tackle, Sheldon Richardson twice on the 1-yard line. Richardson converted his second chance for the short touchdown. It remains to be seen whether Ivory will be replaced in goal line situations.
Week 16 - Chris Ivory delivered his third 100-yard game of the season. Facing off against Cleveland’s Top 10 ranked defense, Ivory displayed his physical running style that has earned him his praise throughout the league. Ivory was clearly New York’s featured runner, amassing 20 touches to Bilal Powell’s 11 touches. Ivory did the majority of his damage during the second half as New York extended its lead. Ivory did amass 28 rushing yards during the first half including a 21-yard weak side run off left tackle. New York’s offensive line did an excellent job of selling the strong side play fake and Ivory ran free off the weakside into the second level. Early in the third quarter, Ivory ran behind Nick Mangold’s block on a designed trap play for a 28-yard gain. Ivory displayed impressive open field burst as he welcomed contact and carried defenders for extra yardage. Late in the fourth quarter, New York rode Ivory as it methodically works its way down the field before Geno Smith scored the definitive touchdown.
Week 17 - Chris Ivory left early in the second quarter with broken ribs and a hip pointer injury. Before leaving with his injuries, Ivory was getting into a nice groove against Miami’s stout run defense. Ivory was running with his normal tenacity as he met defenders with a strong stiff arm and ran through arm tackles. During 2013, Ivory led the team with 814 rushing yards and added three touchdowns.