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|Chris Ivory appears to be the lead tailback for the Jets as the team heads into training camp, as free-agent addition and former New England Patriot Stevan Ridley continues to nurse his way back from an ACL and MCL injury. Ivory posted 821 rushing yards and a 4.1 yard per carry average in 2014, but managed to top the century mark only twice in 16 games. He also failed to reach the end zone in 11 of those 16 games. The injury to Ridley will surely give Ivory more opportunities for carries in the early part of the season should Ridley not be able to go, however, the Jets have a crowded backfield that also includes Zac Stacy, who was traded to the Jets from the Rams for a seventh-round pick this spring.
Another factor that could lead to less carries for Ivory is the addition of Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator. Gailey runs a spread offense that incorporates numerous 11, 10 and 00 sets, with one and sometimes no tailback on the field. The scheme usually requires an agile, pass-catching tailback to line up in single-back sets. That type of offense would favor a smaller back like Bilal Powell over a bruiser like Ivory. For these reasons, Ivory should be considered a very low-end number two running back or a flex play this season.
| Ivory played through lower-body injury in Week 7|
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 26, 4:25 pm
|New York Jets RB Chris Ivory injured his hamstring against the New England Patriots in a Week 7 30-23 loss. Ivory doesn't believe the injury will force him to miss future game time.
"I felt a little tightness in my hamstring the first play," Ivory said. "I didn't have the confidence in getting around the edge. I'm fine. I'm ready to go for next week." (Bleacher Report)|
FFToday's Take: For what it is worth, HC Todd Bowles said his main runner was dealing with tightness in his quad. Injuries are part of the risk that comes along with owning Ivory, who ranks sixth in the league in rushing with 501 yards despite he's missed a full game and the Jets have had their bye week. Zac Stacy appears to be the next man up for now as Bilal Powell (ankle) and Stevan Ridley (knee) were inactive for Week 7. Stacy was already stealing some passing-down work from Ivory in Powell's absence, so he is certainly worth a speculative add in most leagues.
| Decker, Ivory will be gametime decisions|
Both listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 25, 12:23 pm
|Jets RB Chris Ivory (quad), WR Eric Decker (knee) & CB Darrelle Revis will be game-time decisions vs Eagles. All are questionable. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both Ivory and Decker missed practice time this week. If Decker sits Brandon Marshall will move into top ten consideration at the WR position and should be a target magnet against the Eagles. Ivory owners should be looking for other options even if he's active on Sunday. Bilal Powell would get a boost if Ivory sits.