It has been reported by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the New York Jets are interested in trading for the New Orleans Saints running back, Chris Ivory. The Saints put a second-round tender on the restricted free agent running back, but the Jets are hoping to give up less than that to obtain Ivory.
Ivory visited the Jets’ facility on Friday and they were impressed with the running back, but they are not interested in giving up their 39th overall pick in the draft for him. What the Jets are looking to do is come to an agreement with the running back and with the Saints for a trade for his services.
With a lack of playmakers in the backfield, Chris Ivory would be a great addition to the Jets roster.
Chris Ivory is fast, strong, agile and, when given the chance, proved he is a capable running back that can make the big plays.
For unknown reasons, Ivory did not see playing time until later in the season, buried in the New Orleans roster. The third-year running back’s stats don’t jump out of the page, with 40 carries (his longest a 56-yard run) for 217 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. What is noticeable, though, is his 5.4 yards per carry that it equates to.
In three years Ivory has played 24 games with 10 starts, carrying the ball 256 times for 1,307 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns.
Ivory has the ability to make the homerun plays and can keep the chains moving with his bruising running style. He didn’t do much with the Black and Gold due to a crowded backfield, sharing carries with Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas. But with the Jets, Ivory has the chance to compete for the starting role.
It would be in the best interest of the Jets to add the running back.