Fantasy Reaction: Chris Ivory Traded to the New York Jets
Chris Ivory, the darling of sleeper lists for the last two offseasons, is finally getting his chance for the New York Jets. Ivory, who is 6’0” and 222 pounds, is the square peg to Drew Brees’ round-hole offense. Even though he has seen limited touches after 137 carries in 2010, his numbers are still elite and now everyone will find out what he has to offer.
Simply looking at his 2012 stats, you’d see Chris Ivory rush 40 times in six games for an average of 5.4 yards per carry. While that is very good, his numbers get even better when going in depth. He had a missed tackle for every 3.23 carries, which ranked him third of all running backs, up from a missed tackle every 7.18 carries back in 2011. In addition, Ivory had a 15 yard or more run for every 13.3 carries, which ranked him at 14th among running backs. His points per snap came in at 0.55 which was fifth overall.
While having breakaway runs and missed tackles are important, his PFF Signature Stats tell a similar story. His elusive rating, which measures the ability of a running back beyond the help of blockers, topped out at 146.2. Ivory’s yards after contact were 4.73. Both of these stats were the highest among any running back with at least 40 carries. He also graded at +3.9 PFF overall and +3.7 PFF rushing. Now Ivory moves to a Jets offense that has ranked second, 16th, and sixth the last three years respectively in rushing attempts as a team.
Chris Ivory has a lot of talent, and now the Jets will see why he was underutilized in New Orleans. Ivory will be a hot commodity come draft time in August.