Chris Ivory suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the preseason, and has missed much of New York Jets training camp. He finally returned to practice for a two days of full contact football. Overall, Ivory felt very good and was not bothered by his hamstring. However, the running back told reports this week co that his return took longer than expected. The coaching staff seems to be favoring him as the starting running back for the Jets, so his recovery is crucial. In terms of preseason games, Ivory is not sure if he'll be able to play on Saturday against the Jaguars, but it is a possibility.
Ivory played well in his first two practices back from injury, and he was able to show off his quickness. When asked about picking up the offense and making cuts, Ivory still needs some work under his belt.
"I still need to be out there and get a couple more reps just to get more of the feel but for the most part I felt pretty good." noted Ivory. "It will take him a few days to feel the speed of the game and to be able to trust his legs underneath him when cutting."
If the Jets are going to be successful this upcoming season, then they are going to need Ivory to step up and carrying the workload. The Jets traded New Orleans their fourth round pick in order to pick up the running back. Ivory did not see much action in New Orleans with only 251 hand-offs over three years, but still managed 5.1 yards per attempt. Ivory is hoping to blossom in the big city and show everyone just how underrated he is.
The Jets went after the back because of his reputation as a power back, but Ivory strongly believes he is much more dynamic than that.
"I'm not just a power back, I can do everything. But you'll just have to see when the time comes".
The confidence of this young man is a good sign, and his willingness to let his play do the talking is an even better sign. With the injury problems of Joe McKnight and the unimpressive performance of Bilal Powell, the coaching staff believes that Ivory will have to be a three-down back. Ivory will have a heavy assignment during the season, and he needs to perform well in order to bear this load.