In round two the Jets drafted their quarterback, in round three they got a big beefy guard to plug and play on the starting unit and with their fourth round draft pick being shipped to New Orleans the Jets got their starting running back in Chris Ivory.
“He’s a very physical, violent runner. He’s got size, he’s got speed, he runs with attitude, he plays with attitude and I think you’ve seen that in our players that we’ve drafted so far the last two days.” John Idzik said, “You’re going to feel it in our locker room, you’re going to feel it on our practice field in training camp, so I think that’s a real healthy element that Chris brings us.”
“Runs with attitude,” and “violent runner,” are both extremely accurate descriptions and great traits to have in a big (6’0″, 222 lbs.) bruising running back.
Shonn Greene was a big physical back, but he was a plodder. He didn’t run with the violence or attitude Ivory does and he also doesn’t have Ivory’s quickness and explosive cut-back ability.
Ivory may have been listed as the Saints fourth running back on their depth chart but there’s a strong argument to be made that they just traded their best running back (of course no one should blame you if you argued Sproles but they’re different backs).
The only real knock on Ivory is his injury history, because of his physical, bruising style of running he tends o accumulate all types of minor injuries. In 2010 Iory missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury and was placed on IR with a foot injury for the playoffs. In 2011 he began the first half of the season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list due to the same foot injury before returning in week 10 and finishing the season healthy.
Ivory joins a backfield with fellow newcomer Mike Goodson (another back with high upside who found himself buried on the depth chart behind great backs), Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight to give the Jets a versatile and much improved running attack from last year.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Jets and Ivory have agreed to a three-year contract, terms of the contract are not yet available. worth $10 million dollars. Fun fact: that’s the same exact contract Greene signed with Tennessee to backup Chris Johnson.
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