Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chris Ivory in line for bigger share of Jets' carries


New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that "hopefully it's a matter of time" before tailback Chris Johnson gets going.

But for now, Ryan already has a running back who is going.

The quicker-than-advertised power back Chris Ivory has been an absolute battering ram this season and is clearly the better hand in the Jets' one-two punch. Ivory tallied 44 yards on 10 carries and hauled in four catches for 52 yards in Gang Green's loss to the Chicago Bears Monday night.

New York has run an almost 50-50 timeshare between the two backs, though Ivory is averaging 5.7 yards a carry to Johnson's 3.5 and 11 yards a reception to Johnson's 3.8.

“Maybe Chris Ivory will get more time,” Ryan said, via the NY Post. “He’s certainly running hard. He’s doing a great job out of the backfield. There’s not a whole lot of guys that want to tackle him. He’s done a great job.”

Ivory has rushed for seven first downs to Johnson's three and has been the better breakaway player thus far, with a long of 71 yards. The speedy back Johnson's longest rush has gone for 11.

All-purpose back Bilal Powell hasn't seen many touches so far this year, but that could change. Powell has made the most of his opportunities the last two weeks.

“Will we play Chris Ivory more? That’s a possibility," Ryan said. "But that doesn’t change the fact that we believe in all three of our running backs.”

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