Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ivory says Jets' tailbacks 'all bring something different'


The New York Jets had the bruiser in Chris Ivory and the all-purpose back in Bilal Powell.

In adding the speedster Chris Johnson, Gang Green has a well-rounded tandem in the backfield--something the team's leading rusher from a season ago looks forward to working in.

“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," Ivory said earlier this week, via Newsday.

Ivory was the Jets' leading rusher last year in a timeshare with Powell. While Powell is likely slated to see the biggest reduction in carries, if Johnson stays healthy, Ivory's carry total may very take a noticeable dip.

The veteran back, however, said he has “no concerns about touches,” as he’s “just trying to win. . . . However it turns up, I’m happy with whatever."

Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will roll with the hot hand while using each player in different ways depending on the opponent. His by-game approach was evident in Ivory's carries last year.

Ivory had nine games with double-digits worth of carries, including a 34-carry game sandwiched by four- and six-game carries. That kind of on-again, off-again workload will be inevitable in 2014 with the current RB corps.

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