RB Chris Ivory - Buffalo Bills
|6-0, 222||Born: 3-22-1988||College: Tiffin||Drafted: ---|
2018 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory worked as a backup running back, getting the third opportunity at the position. Ivory only managed 3 yards on his 3 carries, but his job is one to monitor, with Marcus Murphy appearing before Ivory in the game.
2018 Week 2 vs LAC (2 / 7 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory was the third back in order of usage in the Buffalo backfield but had the best fantasy performance. Ivory managed a goal line score, and later had a nice catch and run that set up another Buffalo touchdown.
2018 Week 3 vs MIN (20 / 56 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory held the lead back role in relief of an injured LeSean McCoy. Ivory was used in both the running and passing game, running with power and showed capability to get yards after contact. Ivory's big play was a scramble drill where Ivory released out of the backfield and got a long runway down the sideline. Much of Marcus Murphy's workload was in gadget type plays, so Ivory should continue the lead workload if McCoy misses additional time.
2018 Week 4 vs GB (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory worked as the backup to LeSean McCoy. Ivory got some short yardage work early in the game and led Buffalo in carries. Ivory runs hard but is not a fantasy option outside of a McCoy injury or a goal line touchdown.
2018 Week 5 vs TEN (14 / 43 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory saw extensive work in the offense. Ivory was the primary short yardage back, but also got standalone work in relief of LeSean McCoy. Ivory's workload of 14 carries was a product of a game script that allowed Buffalo to run the ball 43 times while only attempting 19 passes. Ivory was physical and broke tackles for conversions and key runs on the final drive to set up a game winning field goal.
2018 Week 6 vs HOU (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory has solidified himself as the clear backup to LeSean McCoy. Ivory ran hard against Houston and was used early in the game while also operating in short yardage. Buffalo had a late lead and used Ivory as their back trying to grind away the clock.
2018 Week 7 vs IND (16 / 81 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory came in for relief after LeSean McCoy left with a head injury. Ivory ran hard and had some of the better interior running success Buffalo has had this season. He was the clear three down back after McCoy left, with Marcus Murphy rotating into the game in the second half. Ivory left the game briefly but returned and showed no signs of an injury. Ivory is an effective power runner and projects as the lead back if McCoy misses time.
2018 Week 8 vs NE (6 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Ivory was arguably the best Bills offensive player in the home loss to New England. Ivory hit interior holes hard with a no-nonsense style compared to LeSean McCoy bouncing plays attempting to hit home runs without success. Ivory had three chunk gains in the game, including exhibiting power and a spin move on his most impressive run. Ivory did log a drop in addition to his successful screen gain in the passing game.
2018 Week 9 vs CHI (7 / 36 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory exited Buffalo's game against Chicago with a shoulder injury. The play looked innocuous, but Ivory was reportedly taken to a hospital after the game. Before his injury, Ivory was the most effective Buffalo running back. Ivory's north-south style has been more effective than McCoy's lateral cutting style of late, and Sunday was no exception. Ivory was the primary back on multiple series in the first half. Ivory did get the first goal line opportunity of the game but was stopped short of the end zone on the carry he was injured. Ivory will look to return next Sunday against the Jets.
2018 Week 12 vs JAX (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory returned form injury but had minimal usage, carrying only three times while operating as the lead back on one drive. Ivory is nothing more than a handcuff to McCoy at this point in the season.
2018 Week 13 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory was minimally involved in the Buffalo offense against the Dolphins. Ivory did not see any touches until the second quarter when he tripped and fumbled his first carry. He only saw six carries for four yards, while spelling LeSean McCoy during the game. Ivory appeared to have an opportunity to get free for a longer gain on one carry but was tracked down by a trailing defender. He had stronger role in the red zone early in the season, but McCoy got the lone carry inside the 5 on Sunday.
2018 Week 14 vs NYJ (12 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory took over the Buffalo backfield after LeSean McCoy left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. Ivory looked quicker than in recent weeks, especially early in the game, but struggled with little offensive line success as the game wore on. LeSean McCoy did get the benefit of a red zone carry from the 6 instead of Ivory, but Ivory got no opportunities in the red zone after McCoy left the game. Ivory was also used in the passing game once but was underthrown by Josh Allen. Ivory profiles as a capable three down back if McCoy misses time, but a low upside play with Josh Allen getting extensive rushing opportunities in the red zone and the offensive line struggling to consistent create running lanes. He will play the Lions next weekend and McCoy's injury status is critical to monitor during the week.
2018 Week 17 vs MIA (14 / 45 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 46 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory backed up LeSean McCoy on Sunday and ran well. Ivory's highlight was a catch on a scramble drill pass from Josh Allen that turned into a 46-yard reception that set up an Allen rushing score. Ivory was able to get to the edge on a sweep for his long gain of 10 yards and ran hard on the interior.
2017 Week 1 vs HOU (9 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Ivory was used to spell Fournette and had one of his better performances as a Jaguar. He ran hard, broke tackles, and created his own opportunities as a runner. He is less of an explosive threat than Fournette is but he is still the veteran among the Jaguars running backs and the team seems to value that. His best run came on a counter ran behind the right guard and right tackle. He exploded through the hole and then used leverage to make the inside linebacker miss, and then broke a tackle attempt from a defensive back. He did not get any goal line snaps but he got several 3rd down snaps.
2017 Week 2 vs TEN (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory saw a ton of snaps this game. And carries. And passing targets. None by merit, as he was grossly ineffective the entire game, but he got them nonetheless. The team took a take it easy approach with Fournette between the 20s and if this continues then Ivory will continue to play. He is slow to the hole and only truly service on downhill run plays but the Jaguars offensive coordinator Nate Hackett must think otherwise.
2017 Week 4 vs NYJ (9 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
A week after seeing less action than Corey Grant, Ivory played in as many, if not more, crucial snaps as the fourth overall pick did on Sunday. The Jaguars rotation at the position makes no sense and Ivory will randomly get plenty of 3rd-down work. There's no rhyme or reason to it because the execution and production from Ivory still lacks, but the carries are there.
2017 Week 5 vs PIT (8 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory, finally, saw less important snaps this week but he was still the back that the team leaned on when Fournette needed to take a few snaps off. The team is not afraid to run it with Ivory anymore than they are with Fournette so he will always get some work. Against the Steelers, he showed better vision and explosiveness than he typically does, though it was
2017 Week 6 vs LAR (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 74 / 1 rec)
Ivory has gotten more and more involved with the offense since the Baltimore game. In this game he made his biggest impact as a pass catcher, taking a nicely designed screen down the field for a touchdown. He did not have any runs that caught the eye but he did not have any plays that were truly negative runs or loss of yards, which he has been prone to during his tenure with the Jaguars. His best trait is his ability to break tackles and play similar to Fournette, but the Jaguars have been using him as a true 3rd down back in certain situations. He lead the team with 9 targets.
2017 Week 7 vs IND (17 / 47 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory saw the bulk of the work in Fournette's absence. He scored a touchdown from the 1-yard line on the first drive and from that point was pretty quiet. He had a few solid 5-yard gains but his vision was still hit or miss and he did not take advantage of lanes. He was good as a blocker though and saw a ton of goal line work. He fumbled in the third quarter.
2017 Week 9 vs CIN (20 / 70 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Ivory got the start and saw the bulk of the snaps in the Jaguars backfield with Fournette sidelined. As a runner, he picked up a few tough 5-yard gains on power running plays, but he was very ordinary for the most part. He simply is not explosive enough nor does he have the instincts to create big plays on his own, and the big plays were not there for him today. As a pass catcher, he showed great balance and was very in sync with Bortles. He looks his best as a runner after the catch, though he could stand to break more tackles.
2017 Week 10 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Ivory had one carry for the Jaguars and has clearly fallen behind T.J. Yeldon on the depth chart.
2017 Week 11 vs CLE (6 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory only got six carries because he was battling an illness, but he was ineffective on each of them, though it was simply because there was not enough blocking room for him and he is not athletic enough to create for himself like Fournette is.
2017 Week 12 vs ARI (1 / -6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory fumbled on one of his few snaps in the game, cementing his spot on the Jaguars bench.
2017 Week 13 vs IND (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Ivory did not play in any passing situations and was the backup to Fournette as a ball carrier so he only saw a few snaps. In his carries, he hit the hole more decisively than Fournette did on the day but it is clear that he is lacking a gear.
2017 Week 14 vs SEA (6 / 48 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory had a huge run to set up the Jaguars first field goal and the only first half points in the game. He hit the hole and then spun out of an Earl Thomas tackle before clearing he second and third levels. He did a much better job of saying upright and initiating contacts.
2017 Week 15 vs HOU (17 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory has had a forgettable tenure as a Jaguar and this week only added to it. He got a number of chances to score at the goal line, but he is unable to convert short yardage situations due to his lack of explosiveness. Once he gets hit at the line, he will not do much more. He didn't have any long runs or even impressive runs on the day, either, despite running room. His vision and burst have declined and when the team had 4th-and-1 at the goal line, they opted to go with a fullback dive instead of handing it to Ivory.
2016 Week 3 vs BAL (12 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
The Jaguars tried to get Ivory going after he missed the first two games but there was nothing there. The run blocking is simply non-existent and the Jaguars are not going to try to feature him as a receiver.
2016 Week 4 vs IND (8 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory did not see as much work as Yeldon, nor was he as impressive when given the chance to be. He looked mostly pedestrian, though he did show some tackle breaking ability that this offense has been needing. He was also the teams primary goal line back but only saw 1 carry in that area.
2016 Week 6 vs CHI (11 / 32 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Outside of a select few runs, Ivory saw the same issues Yeldon had. There simply was not much room to run. One upside is that Ivory did see all of the goal line work, which resulted in a short touchdown for him.
2016 Week 7 vs OAK (5 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
It has become abundantly clear over the last 2 games that Ivory is seen as the lead back by the coaching staff. Ivory had his best game of the season on Sunday, despite poor blocking by the OL. He had the Jaguars running back's best carry of the season, following his blocking and outrunning Raider defenders to nearly score. Unfortunately, he looks remarkably uncomfortable as a pass catcher.
2016 Week 8 vs TEN (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
The Jaguars have one of the most feeble running games in team history. Ivory does not look 100% from his early season injury, there is no blocking to speak of, and by the time that the game is a quarter or so underway, the Jaguars are already in such deep of a hole that they have to abandon the run game.
2016 Week 9 vs KC (18 / 107 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory looked terrific. He had a burst that has not been there all season and it seemed like he broke a tackle every time he had the ball. His 4o+ yard run was a thing of beauty, showing his balance and power. The lone bad play he had doomed the team, though. It is a debate as to whether or not he truly fumbled in the endzone, but hold onto the ball and the call never has to be made. Either way, expect the team to continue to ride Ivory.
2016 Week 10 vs HOU (9 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Strangely, the Jaguars refused to let Ivory carry the offense the way he did the week before. He looked good in limited reps but the team only gave him 9 carries and rotated him and Yeldon sporadically. He never had a chance to get into a rhythm.
2016 Week 11 vs DET (17 / 39 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
Ivory is lucky Yeldon got hurt, because he would have surely been benched after fumbling. His fumble was his 4th as a Jaguar, which leads the NFL. Luckily he bounced back and played very well, racking up a ton of yards as a pass catcher. The real question is how much the Jaguars staff will continue to trust him with his ball security issues, but he is still clearly the Jaguars most talented back.
2016 Week 12 vs BUF (9 / 44 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Ivory did not play much due to a hamstring injury, but it was clear that the Jaguars offensive potential rides and dies with Ivory's play. When he was in the game, the Jaguars' offense was able to drive down the field and consistently pick up first downs. Ivory has displayed great burst and tackle breaking ability and the team trusts him in goal-line situations.
2016 Week 15 vs HOU (10 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory played his first game for a few weeks but didn't really do much to make his presence known. He looked impressive on several carries and has proven he can break off big runs even behind the Jaguars line, but for some reason, the Jaguars terribly inept Offensive Coordinator Nate Hackett only gave him 10 carries on the day.
2016 Week 16 vs TEN (14 / 45 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory was tremendous as a runner and pass catcher, doing a great job of making explosive plays and gaining extra yards. He scored one touchdown from the goal line and the team made a point of featuring him there. The only downside to his performance was that he could not stop fumbling. He fumbled twice, though one was ruled down, and lost one of them. His ball security was awful all season.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs OAK (10 / 102 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory led the way for New York's "Chris Backfield" thanks to his explosive 71-yard touchdown run. Mid-way through the fourth quarter, Ivory took his tenth carry off left tackle, exploded through the second level and accelerated into the open field. Ivory, who is known for his bruising running style, showed impressive open field breakaway speed. Ivory raised his arm in celebratory fashion when he was about 25 yards away from the end zone and was nearly tackled at the five-yard line, but he jumped into the end zone to avoid embarrassment. Ivory's touchdown run gave New York a comfortable 19-7 fourth quarter lead which effectively ended the game. Ivory played behind Chris Johnson, but Ivory's bruising running style is a perfect complement to Johnson's slashing ability. The 'starter label' means little for this backfield.
2014 Week 2 vs GB (13 / 43 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
For the second consecutive week, Chris Ivory paced New York's 'Chris Backfield'. Still, after watching Marshawn Lynch gash Green Bay's porous run defense in Week 1, Ivory's performance was disappointing. Ivory's number was called on a short 4-yard touchdown plunge early in the second quarter, but outside of this play, Ivory didn't make much of an impact. Ivory generated 36 of his 43 yards during the first half and became a complete afterthought during the second half. Due to game flow, Ivory was replaced by Bilal Powell as New York attempted a second half comeback.
2014 Week 3 vs CHI (10 / 44 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
For the second straight week, Chris Ivory was featured in New York's 'Chris Backfield'. Chris Johnson played during the opening series, but after a lazy effort on a screen pass, Ivory outsnaped Johnson for the rest of the game. While Ivory is known for his hard-nosed running between the tackles, Ivory was featured as a receiver early on. Ivory secured three first half catches for 41 yards. Chicago was unprepared to defend Ivory as a pass catcher and he relished in open field opportunities. Ivory's 53 receiving yards were a career high. New York struggled in the red zone and made a few curious play calls near the goal line. Smith, not Ivory, was asked to run the ball in short yardage situations. Ivory was clearly having success against Chicago's front seven, especially after contact, but play calling did not give him any short yardage opportunities in the red zone.
2014 Week 4 vs DET (17 / 84 / 0 rush, 6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
After weeks of hard-nosed running, Ivory was given his first start of the 2014 season. Squaring off against Detroit's stout run defense, Ivory ran eight times for 51 yards during New York's first drive. Ivory displayed his traditional hard-nosed running style by following his blocks, running through arm tackles, and generating yards after contact. Despite his early success against one of the league's top run defenses, Ivory was only given 11 additional carries and felt victim to New York's insistence on passing and using a running back rotation. New York did target Ivory six times in the passing game, which was a season high, but Ivory is not a good pass catcher. Ivory was only able to haul in two of his six targets, which included a few ugly drops and misfires by Smith. New York never trailed by more than 14 points, but the play calling became increasingly more pass heavy during the second half after the running game was working during the first half. Johnson was able to chip in a late rushing touchdown, but Ivory was clearly New York's best runner and should have been given more carries throughout the game.
2014 Week 5 vs SD (9 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Game flow continues to work against Chris Ivory. New York's defense was unable to stop Philip Rivers and New York's passing attack was unable to generate many positive plays. Therefore, New York trailed by double digits for nearly the entire game. Ivory was able to develop a rhythm in the fourth quarter when he parlayed three carries into 24 yards, but the runs came against relaxed defensive fronts. Chris Johnson lost a fumble in the second quarter, which further cemented Ivory's billing as New York's top running back.
2014 Week 6 vs DEN (8 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Ivory ran with tenacity, but his offensive line was unable to open any running lanes. Denver stacked the box and put the onus on Smith and his receivers. Ivory received all of New York's red zone carries, which resulted in minimal gains, but these runs set-up Smith's touchdown passes. Despite receiving a more prominent pass catching role during the last few weeks, Ivory was only targeted twice. He turned one of his targets into a 14 yard gain on a quick screen.
2014 Week 7 vs NE (21 / 107 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory was a complete non-factor last week against Denver, but bounced back in a big-way against New England. New York's offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage and New England's Front 7 was unable to handle Ivory's physical running style. Ivory appeared in nearly half of New York's offensive sets and scored New York's first touchdown. Midway through the third quarter, Ivory scored from New England's 1-yard line. Ivory ran off left tackle, was initially stopped, but dove over defenders for the score. Ivory was New York's offense and ran ahead of Chris Johnson for the fifth straight week.
2014 Week 8 vs BUF (13 / 43 / 2 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory had a difficult time establishing a rhythm against Buffalo's stout run defense, but was able to cash in on two short touchdown runs during the second quarter. Both touchdowns occurred when ivory ran off left tackle and smashed his way into the end zone. Yards were not easy to come by and Smith's error-prone first quarter put the offense in an offense a deep hole.
2014 Week 9 vs KC (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory started, but never developed any rhythm. New York fell into an early 14-0 hole, which affected game flow and provided more opportunities for Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell. New York was intent on feeding Percy Harvin, Eric Decker, and Johnson, so Ivory's touches were limited.
2014 Week 10 vs PIT (14 / 51 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Johnson started the game, but given the game flow, Ivory was utilized more frequently. New York jumped out to an early 17-0 lead in the first quarter, so game flow favored Ivory. Ivory out-snapped and out-touched Johnson, but Pittsburgh did a good job stacking the box to neutralize Ivory. Ivory received all three of New York's red zone carries, but failed to find pay dirt for the third straight week. During the fourth quarter, Ivory was the designated chain-mover and fought for tough yards and first downs. Ivory picked up a key 3rd-and-1 midway through the fourth quarter that bled the clock for an additional three minutes. Ivory's production is often viewed as touchdown dependent, but he did all of the dirty work for New York's offense.
2014 Week 12 vs BUF (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
Alike Johnson, game flow worked against Ivory as New York's rushing attack failed to develop any sort of rhythm. Ivory did not receive consecutive touches until the third quarter as New York's play calling was sporadic. Ivory caught a few check downs from Smith, but was quickly corralled by Buffalo defenders.
2014 Week 13 vs MIA (16 / 62 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
New York ran for a season high 277 yards as Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson split 33 carries. Johnson had some more success attacking the premiere against Miami's stout defensive front that was only allowing 104 rushing yards per game. New York complete ignored the passing attack, which fed more opportunities to the rushing attack. Ivory failed to break off any big runs, but was more than willing to three to four yards per carry.
2014 Week 14 vs MIN (16 / 73 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson received the same number of carries as New York put the emphasis on feeding both running backs. Ivory received all of the red zone work, but a costly goal line fumble ruined an impressive 80-yard drive during the second quarter. Ivory attempted to run off left tackle and plow his way into the end zone, but was stripped and lost his first fumble since 2010. New York once again outrushed their opponent, 168-to-114, but failure to capitalize on red zone opportunities led to the loss.
2014 Week 15 vs TEN (12 / 25 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Alike Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory had a tough time finding running room as Tennessee opted to load the box and forced Geno Smith to beat them with his arm. Ivory, however, scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Ivory scored the game-winning from 1-yard out as he bounced an inside run to the outside and beat the defender to the corner.
2014 Week 16 vs NE (11 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the third consecutive week, Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson nearly split backfield touches as New York opted to feature both runners. Ivory was a lot more effective, routinely bouncing off tacklers and running into the second level. New York lost center Nick Mangold during the first half, but luckily, New York's offensively line continued to play well by opening up running lanes. New York's red zone opportunities were limited, so Ivory did not have any opportunities for goal-line plunges like he has had over the last few weeks. Ivory needs 90 yards next week for his first career 1,000 yard season.
2014 Week 17 vs MIA (13 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec)
Chris Ivory was bottled up by Miami's stout run defense, but was able to shake loose and make a play as a receiver. During the second quarter, Geno Smith hit Ivory in the flat for an 8-yard touchdown. Miami's defense blew the coverage as Ivory does not command a lot of respect as a pass catcher. Given the dominance of Miami's run defense and vulnerability of its secondary, New York opted to attack it through the air. Ivory led New York's backfield committee for the majority of the season and will likely return next season.
2013 Week 1 vs TB (10 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 2 vs NE (12 / 52 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 3 vs BUF (4 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 5 vs ATL (4 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 6 vs PIT (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 7 vs NE (34 / 104 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 8 vs CIN (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 9 vs NO (18 / 139 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 11 vs BUF (15 / 98 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 12 vs BAL (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 13 vs MIA (12 / 61 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 14 vs OAK (18 / 76 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 15 vs CAR (11 / 66 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 16 vs CLE (20 / 109 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 17 vs MIA (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 9 vs PHI (10 / 48 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
With Darren Sproles nursing a hand injury, Ivory was active for the first time this season and received the most carries among the running backs. During his team's second drive, Ivory took his first hand-off up the middle for a nine-yard gain. Ivory demonstrated impressive vision and power, delivering the blow to the first oncoming defender. Six plays later, Ivory ran a counter to the right and accelerated into the open field for a 22-yard touchdown. Despite being a bigger running back, Ivory showed an impressive second gear as he accelerated for the score. Ivory put an impressive open field move on safety, Davis Sims, who had a long day defending the run. The Saints rotated their running backs which proved to be an effective strategy. During his team's third drive, the Saints deployed Ivory after Mark Ingram gashed the defense for a seven-yard gain. Ivory followed Ingram's run with a seven-yard run of his own. During the fourth quarter, the Saints trusted Ivory to kill the clock. During his team's final two drives, Ivory ran the ball four times for 16 yards, including two impressive carries that resulted in first down. Ivory's reckless running style may remind some of Marion Barber and he should be a key piece of the Saint rushing attack going forward.
2012 Week 10 vs ATL (7 / 72 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
A healthy scratch for the first eight weeks of the season, one has to wonder why the Saints chose to bury Chris Ivory in their depth chart for so long. Ever the violent, downhill runner, Ivory smashed through the Falcons' defensive front for seventy-two yards on just seven carries. Granted, fifty-six of those yards came on one carry, an absolutely monstrous run worthy of any year-end highlight reel. Taking the ball from Drew Brees, Ivory should have been stopped for a loss in the New Orleans backfield. Instead, he exhibited phenomenal burst in bouncing to the outside, broke two tackles, and managed to stiff-arm Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson before splashing into the end zone. The run was unlike anything seen from the Saints' running back committee this season. In the interest of full disclosure, Ivory did not record a carry over eight yards save his first touch of the game. The Saints do receive a small amount of criticism for telegraphing their offense a bit - Ivory and second-year back Mark Ingram always seem to get the ball when they are on the field, which is not often - but Ivory did catch a screen pass from Brees for a thirteen-yard gain, so there might be some versatility to his game that fans and analysts alike have not seen yet.
2012 Week 11 vs OAK (8 / 37 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory wasn't able to find the end zone for a third consecutive week, but still looked explosive and every bit as powerful running the ball on Sunday. Ivory appeared to be more of a spell for Ingram and Thomas, picking up his best and longest runs late in the game when the outcome was all but final. Running up the middle, Ivory was able to slip through a tiny hole before finding open space on his longest run of the day (a near TD). Easily getting the 2nd level, Ivory had the option to try and juke the final tackler, but chose instead to try and run over Giordano (again) who made the TD saving tackle. Always a bruiser, Ivory was still delivering blows on the Saints final clock killing drive, including a short, but brutal run up the middle. Desmond Bryant made contact at the line of scrimmage, but Ivory continued to drive his legs, carrying the DT three more yards.
2012 Week 12 vs SF (8 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Though Mark Ingram received more carries, Ivory was the much more effective back, running with power on every carry. With the San Francisco defense closing holes fast, Ivory was able to run with a head of steam into the gap and bully his way to extra yardage. On one run, Ivory executed a nice hesitation move to freeze the defender and accelerated fast to the gap, hitting contact and forcing his way to a 1st down. Unfortunately for Ivory, his role was diminished by the 3rd quarter as the Saints fell behind 28-14. The Saints were forced to pass more, as well as pass protect more, and Ivory received his last carry halfway through the 3rd quarter.
2012 Week 13 vs ATL (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory's first carry was a counter off right tackle. Met with two defenders, Ivory looked to sprint outside, but was ultimately stopped for a four yard loss. Ivory came back a few plays later and was given the ball running over left guard. He was knocked around at the line of scrimmage which took away any potential forward momentum and limited him to a two yard gain. Ivory and Ingram were heavily involved in the first half, as he came in again on a toss to the left hand side that went for seven yards.
2012 Week 17 vs CAR (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory is the type of back who could be a feature back if given the correct number of touches. This game script did not allow for that kind of workload, but what stood out on his limited carries was the ease with which he changes directions; his patience to the hole and burst through it and the hesitation he uses to make defenders stop and start again.
2011 Week 8 vs STL (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory split carries with Thomas and Sproles, right from the opening drive. He didn't look particularly strong, however, and was downright hesitant on a couple of his carries.
2011 Week 9 vs TB (15 / 67 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory isn't fully recovered from his injury yet, but the signs look good for the young back in only his second game back following his layoff. What stood out about Ivory's game was how physical he was, running behind his pads and relishing the contact. Ivory's patience is a hallmark of his game as well as he showed on many carries. Ivory did not break off any long runs, but the potential is certainly there.
2011 Week 15 vs MIN (18 / 74 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory played in place of Mark Ingram, but was 3rd in the pecking order behind Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles until late in the game when his power running style was used to salt the game away. By the end of the game, Ivory led the team in carries and yards and showed very good patience, vision, quickness, and power, as well as the balance to keep his feet when changing direction and running through traffic.
2011 Week 16 vs ATL (8 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory is doing a great job at filling a void created by the missing Mark Ingram; the power back is fully capable of putting his head down and driving his legs for the extra hard yardage. Ivory had my favorite run of the night causing the announcers to correct themselves not once but twice from the extra yardage gained after contact from the presumed tacklers 7,8 no 9 yards. The interesting aspect of Ivory is yes he has power to move the piles but he also seems to have a little more in the speed category than a lot give him credit.
2011 Week 17 vs CAR (19 / 127 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chris Ivory put on an impressive showing in the Saints regular season finale, running with great toughness and refusing to go down easily. His speed was on show during his 35 yard touchdown run, during which he picked his way through the line and outraced a defender to the edge. Ivory escaped tacklers' grasps on many occasions and cleaned up in the fourth quarter with first down run after first down run. Ivory is part of a crowded New Orleans backfield but looks healthy now after an injury shortened his season. Depending on the health of Mark Ingram, Ivory could be a player to watch in 2012.
2011 Week 18 vs DET (13 / 47 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory had one good gain while the game was competitive, but otherwise found himself running east-west way too often. After a strong couple of games filling in for Mark Ingram, Ivory's momentum to push his way into the backfield next season came to a screeching halt in this game. He'll still be the pounder for this team for this postseason, but there's a good reason they haven't gone to him at the goal line or in other crucial situations.
2011 Week 19 vs SF (9 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Once again the Saints had to turn to Ivory in the post season and Ivory did his best but there were not many holes to run thru. The Saints were not planning on using Ivory as their main cog in the playoffs but injuries once again tore apart their running back stable.
2010 Week 3 vs ATL (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory saw time as a complementary back to Thomas and also during the short period of time when Thomas was injured near the end of the fourth quarter. Although he did have a nice nine yard run to start of the game showing some nice burst and cutting ability, he didn't do much else with the remainder of his carries and also fumbled in the third quarter. It's unlikely he'll factor into the offense unless there is more to Thomas' injury then meets the eye.
2010 Week 4 vs CAR (12 / 67 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory had a superior burst and power at the end of his runs, although he also looked like a green rookie who wants to take everything outside. Some of the runs were pitchouts designed to go outside the tackles, but there was not one run that Ivory seemed eager to take straight ahead on this afternoon. He was getting yards after contact with the force he would build up with a head of steam, but Ivory was mostly a straight-line runner with little subtlety to his moves or tactics in the open field. He lost one fumble when Richard Marshall got his helmet on the ball, but mostly Ivory provided good energy with his young legs. He did more than enough to remain the #3 back and a solid developmental prospect for the Saints.
2010 Week 5 vs ARI (10 / 39 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Looks slow and lacks vision. There were holes to run through but several times he missed them. He has no impact on the receiving game whatsoever. He had 2 carries in the 1st quarter on 1st down and each time he was stopped for a loss or no gain. He did have 2 nice runs in the 3rd quarter; both of them were over ten yards a piece. When they got into the red zone with help from Ivory the Saints turned to Betts. If he isn't going to get any red zone looks he becomes worthless for owners. Late 4th quarter on a key 3rd and 1 he was tackled for a loss and that ended a drive New Orleans desperately needed.
2010 Week 6 vs TB (15 / 158 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
With Betts one of the main reasons the Saints lost the week before they decided to lean on Ivory and it was a good idea. Ivory was finding huge holes to run through in this game and at least part of his big day needs to be placed on the Bucs 30th ranked rushing defense which did nothing to help move themselves up from 30th place. Lot of bad tackling but Ivory was diligent in his effort and got more comfortable as the game went on. It also helped that the Saints were able to open a big lead early and then run plenty of clock the rest of the way. He ran for big gains in all 4 quarters and was not overused by the Saints either. If Thomas is going to miss additional time you might look at Ivory as a possible RB2. Make sure to read the upgrades/downgrades article this week here at footballguys for additional information on Ivory moving forward.
2010 Week 7 vs CLE (15 / 48 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory ran hard and continued to showcase his ability as a running back. He's very good at making a cut, running hard, and getting positive yards. He doesn't have the overall ability of Pierre Thomas, but he makes up for it by running extremely hard, and giving maximum effort. He has definitely earned playing time for himself even when Thomas and Bush return.
2010 Week 8 vs PIT (7 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory got a nice dose of what an elite run defense is in this game. His most notable carry was on a short-yardage situation where he made a first down after being stuffed the play before. Other than that, he was very ordinary and was not allowed to get in space and make plays.
2010 Week 9 vs CAR (12 / 50 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory ran hard, continuing to show his impressive side and speed combo. At times his vision seems lacking, as he is prone to taking bad angles and running into his own defenders. But he is clearly the most talented back currently playing for the Saints. On a number of occasions he just throws himself into the pile and forces his way into 4 and 5 yard games. His opportunity for a TD was negated when he hurt his shoulder on a drive in the 2nd half, and so Ladell Betts vultured the short TD.
2010 Week 11 vs SEA (23 / 99 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory was the lead back, and showed an excellent elusive-power combo, rarely going down on first contact and often gaining a few yards even after it looked like he was wrapped up. After a few shorter gains, he eventually broke free for a longer rush, which set up his own touchdown, a short yardage carry in which he leapt over the line for the score. As the game wore on and the Saints continued to lead, the backfield rotated but he was clearly the main option on the ground.
2010 Week 12 vs DAL (7 / 38 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While Ivory and Julius Jones split carries in the game, it was Ivory who was the clear red zone threat. In both trips inside the 10 yard line for New Orleans, Ivory got the call and he converted both carries into TDS. He had several other carries in the game, but was not targeted in the passing game. He continues to play the roll of the hammer, and even gashed the Cowboys for a big 17 yard run early in the third quarter. The Cowboys had just scored on the 60 yard Miles Austin run and the Saints were looking to answer with a long drive of their own. On the 4th play of the drive, Ivory took an inside handoff up the middle and cut back across the field to the outside when he reached the second level. While he didn't have enough speed to break away from the Dallas secondary, he still rumbled for a big gain and pushed the Saints across mid-field and into Dallas territory. Going forward, he should still continue to see goal line carries as Reggie Bush returns to action and is no threat to take receptions away from Bush in the passing game.
2010 Week 13 vs CIN (15 / 117 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory had maybe his best game as a pro, showing power, patience, and speed. He picked his way through traffic and took advantage of an out of position Nedu Ndukwe to sprint for a 55 yard TD to stake the Saints to an early lead and generally gave the Saints a physical edge on offense. Ivory is a straight-ahead power runner, but he does see the play developing and will wait for a hole to open or change course on the fly. One on emblematic run, it took about five Bengals defenders to finally stop Ivory, and he rightfully got both of the goal-to-go carries, converting the second for his second TD. Ivory also demonstrated good feel around his feet to avoid low tackles and should continue to have a role at the goal-line and especially when the Saints lead. He'll be at least a good flex play down the stretch, even when Pierre Thomas returns.
2010 Week 14 vs STL (7 / 47 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory carried the ball seven times for 47 yards on Sunday and was hindered throughout the game by a hamstring injury. Although nothing is official yet, Ivory's hamstring injury in Sunday's game isn't believed to be very serious. Even so, with both Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush now healthy, it's really up in the air how the team will handle the three-headed monster it now has at the running back positions.
2010 Week 17 vs TB (7 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ivory had a good first quarter, but left the game in the second with a leg injury. It is unclear at this time how bad the injury is.