Jul 31, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) hands the ball off to running back Chris Ivory (33) during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets counting on Chris Ivory getting 15 carries per game

Well, it looks as if the New York Jets, not only have a competition at the quarterback position, but also at the running back position.

ESPN New York reported that the Jets will ‘in all likelihood’ have a committee backfield and that ‘privately’, the team is only counting on veteran running back, 1st year Jet, Chris Ivory to have 15 carries per game.

It’s not much of a surprise considering Ivory’s injury history. The talented running back, former New Orleans Saint is already limited to individual drills by a hamstring tweak. Mike Goodson could more than likely be the ideal back for the passing down half of a two-man committee, but has not reported to training camp for unknown reasons.

Ivory is one of the talented early down hammers, but the Jets aren’t ready to believe he has the durability. This could all change as soon as Chris begins to get things rolling.

Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight are vying for 3rd down duties, but ESPN New York is projecting that Powell will be New York’s No. 2 running back. He failed to make a difference in the role last season, but the Jets are low on options as of right now. With the status of Goodson unknown, it looks as if Powell will have a chance to redeem himself this season.


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