by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (7/10/14) With the Jets' addition of Chris Johnson, running back Chris Ivory most likely will get "a decent number of carries, but not as many as he did last year," reports the New York Post. Ivory averaged 12 carries per game last year while amassing 833 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The paper said it will be interesting to see how Ivory reacts to a smaller workload. "One of the reasons he was unhappy in New Orleans was he was part of a crowded backfield and did not feel he was being used enough," the paper said. "Will he bite his tongue if he is riding the bench?"
Rex Ryan says Chris Ivory ankle injury not serious
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (6/18/14) Jets running back Chris Ivory missed the end of the team's minicamp practice Wednesday after he "kind of rolled an ankle" according to coach Rex Ryan via the Newark Star-Ledger. The injury isn't considered "severe" according to Ryan but he said he'd probably hold Ivory out of practice.
The report says two of them likely won't make the team, but figuring out the carries could be tough. Johnson averaged 18 rushes per game in his six seasons with the Titans. Ivory averaged 12 per game last season as the Jets' leading rusher. Powell averaged 11 last season. That's a total of 41 rushes for their top three backs.
"Everybody’s goal is to put wins on the board," said Johnson. "We’re not really worried about the carries, who's going to play this down and that down. We’ve all just got one focus and that’s winning."
Jets backfield takes shape following Johnson signing
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/16/14) With the Jets signing Chris Johnson on Wednesday, the rest of their backfield should start to take shape, reports the New York Daily News.
Report: Jets like idea of Chris Johnson-Chris Ivory combo
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (4/8/14) The Jets "really like" the idea of a backfield featuring running backs Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson, reports the New York Daily News. Ivory would provide the power, Johnson the speed.
Tennessee cut Johnson on Friday, and the Jets are expected to pursue him. No visit, however, has been scheduled.
Ivory led the Jets last season with 833 rushing yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
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Chris Ivory is expected to share playing time with Chris Johnson this season, and we’ll find out in training camp who will get more touches. Based on last season, if Ivory gets the ball enough, he could be a beast. Ivory had five games in 2013 with at least 15 carries, and he had double digits in Fantasy points in all five outings. He played as we expected last season, battling a hamstring injury early in the year and losing touches to Bilal Powell, before closing the season with solid production. Adding Johnson clearly hurts the outlook for Ivory, but he can still be a useful flex option. Johnson has to prove he’s better than what he showed with the Titans in 2013 when he averaged 3.9 yards per carry compared to Ivory, who was at 4.6. Ivory is limited as a receiver with five career catches, but if the Jets are smart they’ll lean on him over Johnson as a rusher since he’s more physical and likely has better burst at this point in their respective careers. The best plan for Ivory is let him fall to you in Round 9 or later and hopefully he’ll do better than five games with double digits in Fantasy points this year.