The New York Jets completed a long rumored trade today, securing New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory for a fourth round pick from the New Orleans Saints.
Ivory has averaged 5.1 yards per carry throughout his career, with his best season coming in 2010 when he had 137 carries for 716 yards with 5 touchdowns. An immensely physical runner with big play capability, Ivory immediately moves to the top of the depth chart at running back for the Jets. He should form a formidable duo with Mike Goodson, who will move more into a third down/outside running/pass catching role now as a compliment to Ivory.
Watch the run that starts at 31 seconds. The Jets haven’t had talent like that in their backfield in a long time. Ivory and Goodson will be a refreshing change of pace from Shonn Greene plodding out 2 yards per carry and providing zero big capability.
The Jets are in the process of locking Ivory down to a long term deal after giving up the 4th round pick for him. This was a strong move by GM John Idzik as the Jets have now added four new pieces to their offense in the past two hours: Geno Smith, Brian Winters, Stephen Peterman and now Chris Ivory.