The New York Jets still aren’t quite sure sure how they will use their running backs. Running backs coach Anthony Lynn said he wasn’t sure what the breakdown of touches would be like, Lynn prefers to go with the hot hand.
“Chris Ivory will be in the game in a lot of goal line and a lot of short-yardage situations come Sunday,” Lynn said. “I think (Bilal Powell is) one of the best third-down backs in the league. I think he’s more than reliable on third down, so he’ll definitely be out there third down for us.”
The Jets turn around and play the New England Patriots four days later and keeping his backs fresh is on his mind.
“I’m going to try to get them through this game as fresh as possible…because we have a Thursday night game,” Lynn told the Daily News. “So you don’t want to give one guy too much of a workload because you want to be able to play on Thursday night.”
Ivory was considered the favorite to start but Bilal Powell won the job.
“He’s a talented young man. And not only is he talented, but he’s very dependable,” Lynn said. “You develop a comfort level with the player that’s there every single day. We felt like he earned the right to be the starter opening day.”