With so much of the focus being on Mark Sanchez getting the start instead of Geno Smith against the Jacksonville Jaguars tomorrow, Chris Ivory has become lost in the shuffle. When the Jets take the field at MetLife Stadium for the first time in 2013 tomorrow, Chris Ivory is expected make his Jets debut at running back. The Jets acquired Ivory from the New Orleans Saints during the 2013 NFL Draft for a fourth round pick.
Chris Ivory is expected to be a major difference maker for the New York Jets on offense this season. Behind a revamped offensive line, fantasy experts are already touting Chris Ivory as a great value pick, expecting him to put up big numbers as the main rusher. With a questionable group of wide receivers and questions at quarterback whether Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith ends up under center, the Jets are going to rely heavily on their running game.
Saturday night will be the first chance for Jets fans to see Chris Ivory in Jets green under game conditions. Expect him to get a few carries with the first group, but don't be surprised if the team still keeps him on a tight play count. He is obviously recovered from his hamstring injury enough to play, but the team still has another game or two (if needed) to build him up to a full workload.
Whether he get one carry or 15, it's one of the mini-events that happen in the preseason that foretell the season to come. Chris Ivory could very well become the driving force behind Marty Mornhinweg's offense. The Jets will be looking for him to show the burst and aggressive running style that enticed the team into trading for him this offseason.
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