TOJ- New York Jets Running Back Grade Sheet (Week 8 & Midseason Report)

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio grades the New York Jets running backs through the first half of the season.

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: Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon, Chris Ivory, Alex Green
Total Carries: 19
Rushing Yards: 50
Yards Per Carry: 2.6
Total Touches: 24
Total Yards: 77
Yards Per Touch: 3.2
Touchdowns: 0

1. Bilal Powell, F

Best Play: 3rd and 13 at NYJ 17, Bilal lines up in the shotgun next to Geno Smith, and Bilal caught a swing pass from the New York Jets rookie quarterback and was able to make a decisive move and cut the run up field for 17 yards before Pacman Jones pushed Powell out of bounds.

Worst Play: 1st and 10 at NYJ 20, Powell tried to take a hand off around left end but UDFA Vontaze Burfict dropped Bilal for a three yard loss.

Analysis: That’s four straight subpar games for Bilal Powell, and what’s worse is that he struggled in pass protection this week as well. The breakout season has turned into a breakout quarter followed by a mediocre quarter as the former Louisville Cardinal has been unable to replicate any of the positives that he showed during the first month of the season.

First Half Grade: C
2013 Projections Based off First Half: 200 carries, 770 yards, 3.9 yards per carry, 2 TDs, 38 receptions, 314 yards, 8.3 yards per reception, 0 TDs, 1084 yards from scrimmage/
Best Game: Week 3, against BUF: 27 carries for 149 yards.
Worst Game: Week 8, against CIN: 10 carries for 19 yards

What was once projected to be a season with 1200+ rushing yards has all but gone out the window as the first month’s carries coupled with two match ups the last four weeks against very good run defenses have worn down Bilal Powell. He’s had minimal opportunities the last month, with Chris Ivory now healthy and receiving the bulk of the carries. Bilal received 66 (an average of 16 carries a game) carries during September and only received 34 (an average of 9) in October. The hope is that he is now fresh for the stretch run with the bye week coming up after the match up with the NFC South leading New Orleans Saints.

2. Chris Ivory, F

Best Play: 2nd and 10 at NYJ 31, the Kraken lined up in the shotgun, and took a handoff from Geno Smith. Ivory, following a good block by Austin Howard, took the run right end to NYJ 36 for 5 yards before Terrence Newman tackled him.

Worst Play: 2nd and 5 at NYJ 39, Chris Ivory took a hand off left end, but Peko and Harrison won their battle with Ferguson and Winters (a recurring theme during this game) and stopped Ivory for a loss of 2 yards.

A bad game for Chris Ivory to follow up his breakout game against New England. The Kraken got minimal holes to run through, and the Bengals front 7 was keyed in on him from the opening play. His best run was to the right side of the offensive line, as both Willie Colon and Austin Howard held their own for the most part. Any runs behind Brick and Winters went nowhere. Ivory did well in pass blocking situations, as he stood up Harrison on one pass play.

First Half Grade: D
2013 Projections Based off First Half: 148 carries, 460 yards, 3.1 yards per carry, 0 TDs, 2 receptions, -4 yards, -2.0 yards per reception, 0 TDs, 454 yards from scrimmage/
Best Game: Week 7, against NE: 34 carries for 107 yards.
Worst Game: Week 8, against CIN: 6 carries for 11 yards

Chris Ivory followed up his best game of the season with his worst game of the season. If you had to grade the trade that netted the Jets Chris Ivory, even without knowing who the Saints draft with the 4th rounder they received, it’s not looking too good for John Idzik. Ivory spent the first month getting healthy, and he delivered his finest moment as a Jet against the Patriots, but the good moments have been few and far between for the former Tiffin Dragon. However, he has a chance to change all of that during the next 8 games because starting Sunday I expect Ivory to exert his will similar to how he did against New England and finish with over 900 yards.

3. Tommy Bohanon, N/A

Analysis: Bohanon received no carries and didn’t catch a pass for the third time in four games.

First Half Grade: D
2013 Projections Based off First Half: 30 carries, 100 yards, 3.3 yards per carry, 0 TDs, 12 receptions, 88 yards, 7.3 yards per reception, 0 TDs
Best Game: Week 2, against NE: 6 carries for 21 yards.
Worst Game: Week 8, against CIN: 0 carries for 0 yards

Bohanon has been a decent find for John Idzik, but he leaves alot to be desired as a runner. On a team with Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory, T-Bo shouldn’t receive handoffs, but Marty continues to call his number. Bohanon is a decent receiver, and he is progressing as a pass blocker. Please, no more FB dives!

4. Alex Green, C

Best Play: 1st and 10 at CIN 46, Matt Simms (#5 in your playbooks, but #1 in your hearts) completed a pass short to Alex Green. Green took the reception for 7 yards and was tackled by Rey. Green showed good elusiveness on this reception, and was able to pick up positive yardage.

Worst Play: 2nd and 1 at NYJ 16, Green took a handoff behind Willie Colon to the Jets 19 for 3 yards before rookie Margus Hunt and James Harrison tackled Green.

Analysis: In what amounted to a preseason game by the time Green checked in, he was the most productive running back for the New York Jets. Green had 3 carries for 20 yards and ran hard through the holes the right side of the offensive line made for him. Green, also, showed good hands and held his own while pass blocking against the Bengals.

First Half Grade: F
2013 Projections Based off First Half: 20 carries, 70 yards, 3.5 yards per carry, 0 TDs, 4 receptions, 16 yards, 4.0 yards per reception, 0 TDs
Best Game: Week 8, against CIN: 3 carries for 20 yards.
Worst Game: Week 4, against TEN: 2 carries for 1 yard.

Team Grade: F
The New York Jets, as a team, had arguably their worst game of the season running the ball. This was their 4th lowest total of the year, but the offensive line was dominated up front by the most talented front seven they’ve faced all year. The running backs, aside from Alex Green, were relegated to spectators. Vontaze Burfict said during the week that the New York Jets would find out very early on that they couldn’t run on the Bengals and that’s exactly what happened.

Midseason Grade: C
The Jets are 3-1 when they run for over 100 yards, and 1-3 when they are held to under 100 yards. They are currently ranked 13th overall in rushing offense, and they’ve rushed for at least 90 yards on all but one of their opponents (the Pittsburgh Steelers). They rushed for 90 against the 7th ranked rushing defense in the league, but their two best games came against 24th ranked Buffalo and 26th ranked New England. The Jets are 4th in the league in rushing attempts, which shows that they will keep running it even when the yards per carry are low; it’s what they did against New England in Week 7 in their signature win of the season. Their running backs have had a hard time finding the end zone, as their 3 rushing touchdowns through the first 8 games has them tied for 22nd. The Jets are an average running team who can feast on mediocre rush defenses and, because of their high attempts, will almost always finish with respectable numbers against elite rush defenses and that skews the stats a bit. They face the 20th ranked Saints rushing defense next week, and their running game might be their only chance at pulling off the upset. Until next time Jets fans.

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.