Chris Ivory, RB, Jets
|RB - #34||NYJ||Probable||5 years||26||6'0||222||@ivory_29|
2013 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Oct-20-2013 by Chris Weeks
Update (10/20): The Jets will use a running back by committee all season. One week Powell will be the better fantasy start and the next it will be Chris Ivory. Fantasy owners should only use either back as a flex or bye week fill-in.
Update (8/21): Ivory missed the Jets' preseason opener due to a hamstring injury. He returned to action against the Jags, posting lackluster numbers while watching Bilal Powel do most of the damage. Even with a poor start to the preseason, Ivory will be the Jets' starting back week 1 IF he's healthy.
In April the Jets traded a fourth round draft choice to the Saints to acquire Chris Ivory. The hope here it to replace Shonn Greene with another big power back, but we're not sure Chris is up for the task. Throughout his career Ivory has just about run the gambit when it comes to injuries, from knee, hamstring and foot injuries all the way up to concussions. If he can stay healthy and the Jets' passing game can open up the defense then Ivory could be a nice fantasy starter. On the other hand, injuries or an ineffective pass game could put a hurt on Ivory's season. There is a lot of risk here, but there could be great reward for those willing to take that chance.
Chris Johnson admitted before last season he "didn't like" that the Titans signed Shonn Greene and said, "I didn't think it was a smart move."
After the season, Johnson complained that he wasn't being used enough even though he finished with the fifth-most touches in the league. Still, Johnson said he felt that he was "wasting the prime years of my career" in Tennessee. So, now he's playing in New York. He's getting paid less money. He's not expected to be a bell-cow back. And just mere months after he made those comments about being underutilized, Johnson has apparently changed his tune. He was told by head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg that he will indeed be sharing carries as a Jet. And Johnson sounds cool with that.
"Basically, it's just a situation of coming in and competing and just doing whatever to help the team win," Johnson said Thursday. "Really, it was that. Not really having too much concern about how the carries are going to be."
Johnson has no choice; he better fall in line. It can only help if he accepts his new role from the start. I'm not sure if he will remain so team-first for the entire year, but Johnson's words Thursday have to take a little bit of a worry off of the minds of Jets coaches and fantasy owners. Johnson is probably best drafted as a low-end RB2 with Chris Ivory expected to take on most of the early down work.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/18 - Jets RB Chris Johnson is apparently OK with sharing carries now
4/16 - RB Chris Johnson joins Jets on 2-year deal
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|6.02||FFToolbox - Rob Warner - Injury concerns are a major red flag (played in just 24 games over first 3 seasons) but the Jets boast a solid O-line and will be one of the more run focused offenses whether they have Sanchize or rookie Geno Smith under center. The 25 year old has been mired in a crowded Saints backfield but posted an impressive 5.1 YPC (256 carries for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns). Ivory is a solid RB2 with RB1 upside if he's able to stay healthy.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|6.05||Draft TV - Chris Ivory is my ideal RB3. Instant starter, big time upside, and in line for a lot of carries. I will protect him in case of injury, but what other 6th round RB could get 275+ carries?|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|5.08||DraftSharks - This one felt like a reach, but Ivory could definitely provide this type of value if he stays healthy. The Jets' line remains good, and the team should showcase that again after getting rid of the plodding Shonn Greene. Ivory is the "runs angry" type.|
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