Saturday, August 17, 2013

Chris Ivory: 'I wouldn't want to tackle me'


Chris Ivory is gearing up for his first game as a New York Jet Saturday night, and he thinks opposing defenders had better gear up for him.

"I wouldn't want to tackle me," Ivory told ESPN New York this week.

Ivory is probably right, when he's healthy. The 6-foot, 222-pound bruiser was very productive in spot time with the New Orleans Saints but never played a full 16-game schedule.

According to Pro Football Focus, Ivory averaged 4.7 yards after contact per rush in 2012.

"I love the way he runs," Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn said. "He has a violent running style and he's explosive for a big back."

Post-hit yards will be critical for the Jets this season with some uncertainty at the offensive guard positions. If the offensive line can block, however, Ivory has another gear he can shift to when given the space.

The now fourth-year tailback had two touchdown rushes of more than 50 yards last season, including a long of 56. His longest scoring rush in 2010 was 55 yards and 35 yards in 2011.

But first things first: Ivory, who is projected to be Gang Green's primary ball-carrier in 2013, must get through the team's second preseason game healthy, as he's battled an ailing hamstring that had him sidelined for most of training camp and the preseason opener.

The Jets host the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday.

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