Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Jets running back Chris Ivory: 'It's my time'


All Chris Ivory wants is an opportunity, and now that he's out of the New Orleans Saints' crowded backfield and into the New York Jets' thin tailback corps, he'll get one.

After drafting quarterback Geno Smith in the second round and a guard in the third, Gang Green added a third offensive piece by trading their fourth-round pick to the Saints to acquire Ivory's services. (photo: Mark Runyon | Football Schedule)

Ivory wasted no time getting himself fired up for his shot at a top tailback gig.

"I just feel like it's my time," he told Friday night. "... I feel like I can go out there and do some great things with the opportunities I'll be given, and I know I'm going to make the most of it. With every little glimpse I had in New Orleans, I did great things. If I'm getting more than six and seven carries a game, the sky is the limit for me.

"I can do some great things and put up some crazy numbers in New York."

The Jets parted ways with their power runner in Shonn Greene this offseason. They followed suit by signing West Coast scheme-friendly tailback Mike Goodson to help along new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system but had only Bilal Powell as the potential between-the-tackles back. Now, Mornhinweg should have at least enough versatility in his tailback group to make something of it.

Ivory was stuck as New Orleans' fourth back last season despite averaging 5.1 yards a carry over the past three years. He's found the end zone eight times in that span.

Ian Rapoport is reporting Ivory's new deal, which will span three years, is worth close to $3 million a season.

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