Chris Ivory was acquired by the New York Jets in a draft day trade with the Saints earlier in the year. The move was made to provide the team with a starting running back, a position that drastically needs production.
However, due to a nagging hamstring injury, Ivory saw limited action Saturday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, just carrying the ball six times. The highly anticipated debut by Ivory in the preseason matchup between Gang Green and the Jaguars was all but exciting. For what seemed to be a great addition to the team, this Jet couldn't get far off the ground. With just six carries for the anticipated starting running back, Ivory racked up only 13 yards. Eight of those yards came from one run, boosting his yards-percarry average to 2.2; not what the Jets expected from him.
The limited carries didn't settle well with Ivory after the game:
"I'm not sure what went through their heads," explained Ivory. "I got the carries I got and that's it."
The injury that he has been keeping the running back from seeing more reps in practice and in the games is a long, nagging injury dating back from last season. He's had problems with hamstring tightness and other muscle ailments in the past couple seasons with the Saints and the trend continues with New York.
After the game, Rex Ryan released a statement on the management of Ivory against the Jags:
"I know we all want to see the new toy we have back there, and it's a good looking one, but we were just being smart with him. We didn't want to overdo it with him. He's a big, powerful man, and we wanted to get him going a little bit."
The game plan going into Saturday night was to give Ivory a few carries, just to get him up to game speed. Overall, the coaching staff was pretty pleased with their new running back's first action. The four-year player out of Tiffin University received some positive feedback from his coaches after the game.
"They thought I did good, but we still have a lot to work on," said Ivory. "We have to get in a rhythm and (get) more of a feel (for) the offense."
In order to get a feel for the offense, Ivory has to remain healthy and to go to practice. He has done so this past week, compared to the week before.
"It's just going to practice," mentioned Ivory. "I'm going to continue going to practice and just pay more attention to detail."
Seems like a simple recipe to follow for Ivory to get back into game form.Even though there wasn't much production coming from the expected starting running back, there is much to be happy about. Ivory was able to play Saturday night, after missing most preseason activities due to rehabbing his hamstring. With two more preseason games left, look to see an increase in carries and an increase in production.