Gailey's spread attack "puts a premium on a running back who can play in space and catch the ball," the website said. "That could mean a smaller role for Ivory."
Ivory (6-0, 222 pounds) is entering the final year of his deal. He played 42 percent of the snaps last season, compared to 37 percent for Johnson, per the website.
ESPN.com says the "ideal fit" for the Jets would be impending free agent C.J. Spiller, who had his best year, 2012, playing for Gailey in Buffalo.
Report: Jets 'probably' will release RB Chris Johnson
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/5/15) Jets running back Chris Johnson is scheduled to count $5.25 million against the cap in 2015, "steep for a player who would be no more than a part-time back again," reports ESPN.com. The Jets would save $3.5 million by releasing Johnson, and "that probably will be the outcome."
The move could happen relatively soon, because the team has until Feb. 16 to decide whether to pay Johnson's $500,000 option bonus. Johnson, who signed a two-year, $8 million contract last offseason, will turn 30 in September and "isn't close to being the player he once was," the report said.
Splitting time with Chris Ivory, Johnson rushed 155 times for 663 yards (4.3 ypc) and a touchdown, adding 24 catches for 151 yards and another score. He was arrested last month in his hometown of Orlando for open carrying of a firearm, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Jets' Percy Harvin, Nick Mangold deemed questionable in Week 17
Safety Rontez Miles (shin) was the only player on New York's final injury report of the season ruled out for Sunday.
Jets add RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) to injury report
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/25/14) The Jets added running back Chris Ivory to the injury report Thursday, saying he was limited by a hamstring injury, reports ESPN.com. Ivory, who's battled hamstring problems in the past, leads New York with 792 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
The Jets are 6-point underdogs in Sunday's season finale at Miami. Ivory was held to 62 rushing yards on 16 carries in the Week 13 home loss to the Dolphins.
Trio of Jets RBs combine for 100-plus yards in Week 16
Johnson and Ivory each had 10-plus carries, while Powell took five handoffs for 21 yards. Ivory led the way with 11 carries for 53 yards. Johnson carried the ball 10 times for 30 yards. He caught his lone target for a gain of 3 yards.
New York will face Miami in Week 17.
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Chris Ivory will head into training camp expected to compete for the starting job with offseason addition Stevan Ridley. The winner of this battle will likely be a No. 3 Fantasy running back at best, but this is a good offensive system to be a part of with new coordinator Chan Gailey. The problem is Ivory and Ridley are similar and offer little as a receiver, which could allow Bilal Powell to also play a role. Ivory did well in 2014 as the lead running back for the Jets ahead of Chris Johnson. He had 198 carries for 821 yards and six touchdowns and 18 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown, which allowed him to finish as the No. 19 running back in standard leagues. He had double digits in carries 12 times in 2014, and eight times he either scored a touchdown or had at least 90 total yards. If Ivory remains the starter with the chance to get double digits in carries on a consistent basis then he’s worth a mid-round pick. But if Ivory is in a part-time role behind Ridley and Powell then he’ll only be worth a late-round selection.