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
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
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.