Ivory Closing in on 1,000 Yards

Chris Ivory has never rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season. This season he is getting close but he will have to have two good games in a row for him to get to that milestone.

Right now Ivory sits at 739 yards for the season. Which leaves him with 261 yards to go before he reaches 1,000. It isn’t far fetched to say he won’t make it he only needs to average 130 yards in these last two games, which is very possible.

Ivory is 7th in the AFC in rushing and 16th in the NFL. That’s average but he doesn’t have nearly the same attempts that the top guys like DeMarco Murray and Le’Veon Bell have. Because the Jets use a two-headed attack Ivory has only attempted 174 times this year. However this will be his biggest workload of his career.

The most attempts he has ever rushed for is 182 and that came last year. With two games to go he will surely surpass that. Ivory is by the far the best back on the team and shows it though the way he runs the football.

When you hear commentators talk about his playing style it sounds a little bit disturbing. They use words like “violent,” “brutal,” “hard-hitting,” and “aggressive.” Words usually not associated with an offensive player. However, Ivory is an old school hard-nosed running back who is not afraid to make contact. When you watch him run he is the one to initiate contact before he is hit.

The Jets traded for Ivory using a draft pick a year ago and it has been one of the only good decisions John Idzik has made since becoming the GM. Ivory has been one of the few bright spots on the season and to get to 1,000 yards would be a major accomplishment for a guy like Ivory who went from being a third string running back in New Orleans to the number one in New York.


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