New York Jets think Chris Ivory can be a top 10 back

November 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Oakland Raiders 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets are starting from scratch at quarterback with an open competition. The Jets are starting over at running back as well. For the first time since 1994 there isn’t a 1,000 yard rusher on the roster.

But Chris Ivory might be leading the competition, especially after the praise the Jets organization is throwing his way.

From ESPN New York:

Who carries the rock? For the first time since 1994, the Jets are entering a season without a 1,000-yard rusher on the roster. Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson and Bilal Powell will battle for playing time. The Jets think Ivory could be a top-10 back if he stays healthy.

Doesn’t seem like this running back competition will be much of a battle.

As a rookie, Chris Ivory carried the ball 137 times for 716 yards in 12 games. He has struggled to stay on the field since then, playing 12 games in the last two seasons. He carried the ball 119 times for 591 yards in that stretch.

The most telling stat might be his yards per carry stat, which is 5.4 yards. That shows that he can move the ball when he gets it in his hands and certainly supports the Jets claim. If he can stay healthy he could succeed behind an underrated Jets offensive line.

Topics: Chris Ivory, New York Jets

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