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Chris Ivory is focused on contributing in 2017

By Aaron Resnick
Jun 5, 2017
Jacksonville Jaguars Chris Ivory

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 20: Runningback Chris Ivory #33 of the Jacksonville Jaguars avoids a tackle by Cornerback Brent Grimes #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a preseason game at EverBank Field on August 20, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bucs defeated the Jags 27 to 21. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
  • After being signed as a free agent by the Jaguars in 2016, running back Chris Ivory is focused on contributing in 2017 rather than competing against first-round pick Leonard Fournette.
  • Ivory has been running with the first team to this point in OTAs, after missing five games in 2016 with an illness and hamstring injury.
  • Ivory’s PFF grade of 54.2 in 2016 was the lowest of his career, and part of that could be a result of accumulating less yards after contact.
  • From 2013 to 2015, Ivory didn’t have less than 487 yards after contact in a season, but his yards after contact per carry in 2016 was a career low of 2.2.
  • Ivory’s breakaway percentage (percentage of yards coming from runs of 15+ yards) as a runner is an intriguing stat that has fluctuated for him during that time period. He ranked near the top of the league among qualifiers in 2013 and 2015, but ranked near the bottom third in 2014 and 2016.
  • With more competition for Ivory in the backfield this season, consistency is something that the Jaguars could certainly use when Ivory gets his touches in 2017.

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