Dec 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory runs against the Cleveland Browns during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Ivory okay with giving up carries to Chris Johnson

When the New York Jets added Chris Johnson in the offseason, it was a given that running back Chris Ivory’s playing time would be cut in half. But according to the running back himself, there will be no issue in regards to touches.

“No, no concerns about touches, just trying to win,” Ivory said. “It’s not my team. I’m just on the team. I’m working. However it turns up, I’m happy with whatever.”

Based solely on numbers, Johnson and Ivory had very similar statistics from the 2013 NFL season. In 16 games with the Tennessee Titans, Johnson put up his worst numbers since the 2011 season, rushing for 1077 yards along with 6 touchdowns and 3 fumbles. Johnson would also have a heavy impact in the receiving game, collecting 345 yards and catching 4 touchdowns. Over in New York, Ivory would rush for 833 yards along with 3 touchdowns and 2 fumbles in 15 games played. While Johnson toppled Ivory in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, Ivory had the upper-hand in yards per carry with 4.6 compared to Johnson’s 3.9, a stat that could be attributed to the running back due to his knack of looking for the home-run play rather than taking things play by play.

Even with his playing time and touches likely to decrease, Ivory was a fan of the move that added one of the better running backs the NFL has seen in the last ten seasons.

“I thought it was a good move. Anybody that can come in and help us I think is good for the team,” said the fifth-year running back. “He’s fast, has great speed [and] great hands. We all bring something different, so as far as complements, it just depends on the team and the scheme that they have for the guys. . . . I’ve seen him play. He can do it all. He speaks for himself.”

All-in-all, the Jets made this move in order to add a spark to their offense. Whether it be Chris Johnson or Chris Ivory, the Jets will need their running back to take focus off of the quarterback position. Hopefully the two are up to the task.

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  • AC

    I’m sure Ivory was happy. Not many backs are truly “feature” number 1 backs in the league anymore, there is usually a spell. I think how the Jets use the two will evolve throughout the season. Ivory may be used on first and second down more than we think, although he is a bruiser, nobody wants to be predictable and give to to Ivory up the A gap on every 3rd and 1 play. I think Chris Johnson is going to be used A LOT. They want as many options for Geno as possible, and Johnson will be available for him on a lot of plays as a dump off receiver. There will also be a few designed screens I’m sure. The Jets ABSOLUTELY need an effective ground game to get the offense moving, and I think we will see a nice balance between ground and pound and the air attack. Hopefully Marty and the RB coaches can really work with CJet2K and get him into form again. Not so long ago, the Jets brought in what many considered to be a washed up RB, named LaDanian. He was even further into his career than CJet2K certainly proved to be an invaluable weapon so hopefully this move works out as well.