Welcome back to the TOJ Running Back Grade Sheet for the New York Jets. There were some good and some bad things from the running backs on Monday, and we will highlight those. Let’s get to the running backs.
Total Carries: 20
Total Rushing Yards: 91
Total Yards Per Carry: 4.5
Total Touches: 26
Total Yards: 149
Total Yards Per Touch: 5.7
Chris Ivory: A
Chris Johnson: D
Bilal Powell: C
Tommy Bohanon: D
Chris Ivory was the best running back on the field on Monday night, and that includes Matt Forte. You know about his running, which is decisive and forceful, but he really flashed in the passing game as well. There were games last year where he was taken out because he couldn’t catch. However, this game showed the kind of weapon he can be in the passing game and why he should be the lead back going forward.
Chris Johnson, for the second straight game, didn’t play well. There were a couple of times where he was sent in motion and matched up one on one against a LB. He got a step on one play and Geno didn’t look towards him, so i’d like Marty to continue utilizing him in that fashion, but the last two weeks have left much to be desired. His comments about wanting more carries bear watching because he’s not even the second best running back on the team right now.
Bilal Powell played alot on third downs because he’s the best running back when it comes to blitz protection. However, 4 touches for 19 yards isn’t enough especially when he’s more effective than Johnson right now. Bohanon didn’t get any carries or targets this week, as the Jets went with primarily single back sets. As you’ll see in the offensive breakdown that Joe did, the offensive line didn’t play as clean a game as we thought when we initially watched it. They got beat back a couple of times, but that didn’t stop Ivory and Powell from having effective yards per carry. Johnson danced around alot in the backfield and did not show much decisiveness on a couple of runs that would’ve benefitted from that. Ivory did the exact opposite; he hit the holes forcefully and didn’t really try and wait for an alternate lane to develop.Touches Through 3 Weeks/Snaps Breakdown
Chris Johnson: 41 touches, 87 snaps
Chris Ivory: 38 touches, 83 snaps
Bilal Powell: 10 touches, 46 snaps
Tommy Bohanon: 3 touches, 38 snaps
On Pace For
Chris Ivory: 176 carries, 1,013 yards, 5.7 yards per carry, 11 TDs, 25 receptions, 416 yards
Chris Johnson: 186 carries, 656 yards, 3.5 yards per carry, 32 receptions, 122 yards, 778 total yards, 6 TDs
Bilal Powell: 38 carries, 176 yards, 4.6 yards per carry, 21 receptions, 202 yards, 378 total yards
Team: 400 carries, 1845 yards, 4.6 yards per carry, 11 rushing touchdowns, 78 receptions, 740 yards, 9.4 yards per catch, 6 receiving touchdowns, 2,585 total yards, 17 total touchdowns