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

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

Welcome back to the TOJ New York Jets RB Grade Sheet. This year, we’ll be doing things a little differently, you will see a letter grade for the team and a letter grade for each running back, along with brief analysis. You will also see what each running back is on pace for after the week’s performance. Let’s get to it.

Running Back Stats
Rushing Attempts: 24
Yards: 174
Yards Per Carry: 7.25
Receptions: 5
Receiving Yards: 23
Yards Per Catch: 4.6
Total Touches: 29
Total Yards: 197
Yards Per Touch: 6.7
Total Touchdowns: 2

Team Grade: B+
Chris Ivory Grade: B+
Chris Johnson Grade: B+
Bilal Powell Grade: C
Tommy Bohanon Grade: C
Analysis:: The Jets offensive line deserves a lot of credit for their performance in the running game, as you’ll see in this week’s Big Man Report, but the running backs deserve some credit as well.

Chris Ivory was having a pretty average day running the ball, as before the 71 yard TD he was averaging 3.4 yards per carry. However, the Raiders appeared to almost be scared to tackle Ivory as they probably had flashbacks from last year’s game. Ivory began to celebrate his TD at the 40 yard line (completely inexcusable and almost caused him to be caught from behind). While it’s hard to tell at first glance from the numbers, Chris Johnson outplayed Ivory as Johnson repeatedly got to the second level of the Raiders defense and showed the burst that made him one of the NFL’s better running backs in Tennessee. He was also excellent in the passing game and you could see that he is primed to be a weapon there all season.

Bilal Powell only received one carry for 4 yards, but he did well in blitz pickup. I’d like to see him get a couple more carries just to keep Ivory and Johnson fresh. Marty Morhinweg did break out a wishbone formation with all three running backs lined up in the backfield, which he showed last year against Atlanta so look for more of that going forward. In the red zone, the ball needs to go to one of these three backs. The Jets went 1/4 in the red zone, leaving points on the field that they would have gotten had they just ran the football. Bohanon held up well in a minor role.

Touches/Snaps Breakdown
Chris Johnson: 18 touches, 33 snaps
Chris Ivory: 10 touches, 30 snaps
Bilal Powell: 1 touch, 12 snaps
Tommy Bohanon: 0 touches, 12 snaps

On Pace For
Chris Ivory: 160 carries, 1,632 yards, 16 TDs
Chris Johnson: 208 carries, 1,088 yards, 80 receptions, 368 yards, 16 TDs
Bilal Powell: 16 carries, 64 yards

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.