TOJ: New York Jets RB Grade Sheet (Week 12)

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio on why New York Jets Running Back Chris Ivory deserves more touches than Chris Johnson

This isn’t your traditional RB Grade sheet. Consider this a memo to Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg…

Chris Ivory
Carries: 123
Rushing Yards: 548
Yards Per Carry: 4.5
Rushing TDs: 5
Receptions: 12
Receiving Yards: 103
Yards Per Reception: 8.5

Chris Johnson
Carries: 85
Rushing Yards: 360
Yards Per Carry: 4.2
Rushing TDs: 1
Receptions: 17
Receiving Yards: 116
Yards Per Reception: 6.8

Chris Ivory has been better in almost every single category this year when compared to Chris Johnson. The Jets have won two games; in both those games, Ivory has averaged 6.4 yards per carry where as Johnson has averaged 4.6. The Jets have scored 20+ points 5 times this season, and 4 of those times were in games that Ivory has found the end zone. In 6 of the 7 games that Ivory’s gotten double digit carries, the games have been decided by an average of 6 points. Johnson’s two best games were against Kansas City and Detroit, and these were games where the Jets weren’t really in it despite what the score showed. There’s a direct correlation to the team’s play/success and the amount of carries/touches that Ivory gets.

Ivory has also been a more efficient and productive receiver than Johnson this year. Johnson’s catch rate is actually the lowest of his career, as he had a career catch rate of 75% entering this season. Ivory has also been able to hold on to the ball at a much better rate than at any point in his career, as he’s only fumbled once in 137 touches.

This isn’t debating Johnson’s effectiveness, but when he’s clearly being outplayed and the Jets continue to force the ball to him, it does make you scratch your head more than normal with this coaching staff. Rex Ryan loves running the ball, so you wonder why Ivory goes multiple drives without seeing the field. Now, to be fair, Ivory was better in September than he was in October. His yards per carry dipped from 5.5 to 3.9, and Johnson’s increased from 3.9 in October to 5.1 in November (thanks to a big game against the Chiefs). You wonder if the Jets see Johnson as the fresher back, although it’s no coincidence that Johnson saw an uptick in carries immediately after he publicly complained about touches. Ivory needs to be getting the ball more however if Rex and Marty want to win many more games before the potential end of their tenures.

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.