Being the most talented running back on the team doesn't mean much if you aren't on the field, but New York Jets fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief when they saw Chris Ivory run on the field for action of training camp. His presence on the field was a huge positive sign, considering the current situation at running back.
Ivory, 25, was traded for on draft day in exchange for a fourth round pick. The trade was expected to be a major boom for the Jets running back depth chart, leaving the Jets with options at the position. Ivory's hamstring troubles this summer led him to being sidelined.
"Yea, well I was going to be limited today, so I just went with the plan," said Ivory. "Yes, it's gradual. I'll just see where I am. I'll continue to make these steps and then go have a full practice."
Ivory's availability couldn't come at a better time after running back John Griffin went down with a leg injury against the Detroit Lions in the first preseason game of the season. The Jets added depth by signing Kahlil Bell and releasing Griffin, leaving the Jets with more options.
Mike Goodson is nowhere to be found and his absence can be best stated as unexplained. The free agent signing is currently battling legal issues over a May 17 arrest on weapons and guns charges in Denville, N.J.
Joe McKnight is having another eventful training camp after failing his physical during the start of camp. McKnight has fought through dehydration and head injuries during camp, limiting his availability to the team. The cherry to McKnight's Sundae was being arrested in New Jersey for outstanding traffic warrants.
Regardless of the running back situation it comes down to Ivory. He has been the statistical darling of countless analysts but his issues continue to revolve around injury risks. Ivory has never finished a complete season during his NFL or college football tenure, leaving pundits questioning his ability to remain healthy.
It is only preseason and Ivory's health during the season is what the team should be most concerned about. One thing that can't be denied is his desire to remain on the field.
"I mean it's always the goal to get back, but like I said, when I get back I want to be healthy and also when I get back I want to make sure I am mentally sharp with what I'm doing, when I touch the field and get ready to run plays," said Ivory.