TOJ – New York Jets Running Back Grade Sheet (Week 1)

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio grades the New York Jets running backs from Week 1

Every week Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio will grade out the New York Jets running back’s performance. Here is his take after the Jets week 1 victory over Tampa 

Grading Scale

I grade each play on a 1 to 5 scale. Loss of yardage is rated a 0, no gain is rated a 1, a gain of 1-3 yards is rated a 2, gains of 4-6 are rated a 3, gains of 7-9 yards or are rated a 4, and gains of 10+ yards are rated a 5. TDs increase your overall grade by 10 points, and fumbles decrease your score by -5. I do it like this to factor in receptions, reward positive plays accordingly, and penalize negative plays accordingly. The total from the grades of each individual play are then converted to letter grades, with As representing (50 or higher), Bs (39-49), Cs (29-39), Ds (19-29), and Fs (0-18) being given out for total performance). Performance of the offensive line and available running space is also factored in.

Running Backs: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon
Total Carries: 22
Rushing Yards: 34
Yards Per Carry: 1.5
Total Touches: 27
Total Yards: 90
Yards Per Touch: 3.3
Touchdowns: 0

1. Bilal Powell, C

Best Play: 2nd and 8, TB 34, a 14 yard reception on a designed screen play.

Worst Play: 1st and 10, TB 44, a negative one yard loss while in the Wildcat.

Analysis: Powell scored a total of 36, which gives him a C for week 1. Powell finished with 12 carries for 29 yards with a 2.4 yards per carry average. His longest carry was 6 yards. The Jets ran the Wildcat four different times with Powell, and three of the Wildcat runs yielded four yards (one was stuffed for a loss). Powell did fumble, and had a couple of runs where he was stopped for no gain. Powell helped in the passing game as well, as he hauled in four catches for 35 yards and was very effective in the screen game and as a check down option for New York Jets rookie QB Geno Smith.

2. Chris Ivory, F

Best Play: 1st and 10, NYJ 30, a 7 yard run behind Vlad Ducasse and Austin Howard.

Worst Play: 1st and 10, TB 24, a loss of one running behind Nick Mangold.

Analysis: The New York Jets’s prized off-season acquisition, at least on offense, did not play very well as the Jets could not get much push against the number one ranked run defense from last year. Ivory finished with 15 yards on 10 carries, and the Kraken was stopped for losses repeatedly behind the line. Ivory received his first carry at the 4:36 mark in the first quarter and then didn’t see another carry until the second play of the second quarter. Ivory, also, dropped a pass from Geno Smith, which won’t do well for his “stone hands” reputation. His best run came out of the shotgun, when the Jets wisely brought out the no huddle, as he ran behind Vlad Ducasse and Austin Howard for a 7 yard gain.

3. Tommy Bohanon, D

Analysis: Bohanon had no carries, but he was targeted twice in the passing game and turned one of those targets into a 21 yard gain. I gave him a D because he dropped one of his targets and he didn’t block the Bucs front 7 particularly well for Ivory, who he was in a lot with in the second half when the Jets tried to get the big fella going.


Not a great day running the ball for the New York Jets, but they utilized Bohanon and Powell in the passing game and had some success with their RBs matched up against Tampa’s linebackers. You have to be impressed by the way Powell ran against the Bucs defense too, as his runs came from single back, shotgun, and direct snaps, and Gerald McCoy and the Bucs defensive line won the battle against Nick Mangold and the Jets offensive line up front, at least in the run game. The offensive line surprisingly got more push running on the right side, behind Vlad and Austin, than running behind Mangold, Colon, and Brick. Colon was very effective in the screen game though, which was a pleasant surprise. Next week, the Jets play New England (a team that ranked 9th against the run last year) so we’ll see how the Jets rushing attack grades out Thursday night.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

  • Lidman

    I don’t think it’s surprising they ran more effectively to the right. Austin has always been a ‘road grader’, it’s his pass protection which was subpar (now probably average) and Ducasse’s big thing was his athletic ability, which allowed him to pull and get to the next level. He just isn’t strong enough to deal with big, strong interior DLmen.

    Brick has never been a great down hill run blocker. He’s a superior pass protector and is a very good athlete, enabling him for blocks down field.

    As for Mangold, he’s certainly looks a bit slower, but I also think he’s very cognizant of having to make sure Ducasse is ‘ok’, which can take away from his own play.

    Nobody ran on Tampa last year. I think it would be premature to get too harsh on the running game. I thought it was a positive that MM kept going to it. Having a good D allows you to continue to try and be balanced, which they will need this year.

  • KAsh

    I understand the inherent difficulties that go into grading RBs, but this grading system is too fantasy football for me.

    Take a hypothetical: RB A runs for 90 total yds, no TDs, one fumble. RB B runs for 40 yds, 4 TDs, no fumbles. RB A did his bit in eight carries, five of which ended with a TFL or no gain, but he broke huge runs over 30 yds on each of the other three. Meanwhile, RB B had 30 touches on the game and averaged a staggering 1.33 yds/carry; all of his TDs came from the team being within the 5 yd line. Who played better?

    Well, RB A would get 14 points at most (3*5 + 4*1 + 1*0 – 5 for the fumble) = F. RB B would probably get over 100 pts (all his carries would net hit about 30*2 + 4TDs*10). He requires a new designation of AA+.

    In the mean time, this data actually suggests that our line was crap (35 carries for a gain of 40 yds), that RB B is a below average plodder, and that RB A would likely be a godsend behind a line that made more holes for him.

    So, while your grading system should reward the bellcow backs that take on the majority of the carries, it should be based off the RBs average play capability, with clear rules for how much the line contributed and how much his blocking was worth.

  • John C

    I agree with KAsh that the RB Grading system is potentially a bit inaccurate. Yards Per Carry has to be more of a factor. All I know, without any grading system to fall back on, is that the Jets were bad running the ball. I won’t attribute it to “first game” either. Our Run Game stunk in 3 of the 4 preseason games also. The best preseason RB was cut (Bell). But this goes back to last year too – we must have led the league in runs of less than 3 yards last year. So, what are the constants? I hate to say it, but Mangold, Brick and Howard are not pulling their weight when it comes to run blocking.

  • Mark Phelan

    Last year, what offense wouldn’t throw agains TB? No wonder they had #1 run defense statistically.

    Patriots run defense rated very good last year also. However, how many times were opponents trying to catch up? Passing, not running.

  • Lidman

    Mark that’s certainly part of it. However, Wilfork had a renaissance last year, and most team’s game plan, against NE, is to try and run early to keep Brady off the field. Yes, Tampa had a terrible secondary, and they played 2 games against division opponents-2 of which use pass to set up run and the other who runs the spread. That said, when you hold teams to 82yds a game that’s big. And, if you look at the numbers, Tampa had 377 runs against them, and 410 passes against them, that averages out to just 2 more per game.

  • joeydefiant

    dont expect miracles from the jets running game in the first qtr of the season. every teams game plan is going to be stack the box stop the run and make the rookie qb beat you. perhaps after a few more games of marty calling passes on first down a lot and geno playing well that will change but for now its going to be tough to run and the jets are going to have to rely on genos arm.