New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is set to be a fantasy factor following Mike Goodson’s season-ending knee injury, but he will be even more of a factor if the Jets decide to comply with Ivory’s wishes and run the ball more. According to the New York Daily News’s Manish Mehta, the Jets have a 53-47 pass-run ratio this season, and Mehta believes that the Jets should do what Ivory says. Mehta cites the fact that the Jets have a 49-51 pass-run ratio in wins compared to a 58-42 pass-run ratio in losses. Although most would counter that by saying that teams that are winning will inherently run the ball more, all three of the New York Jets wins were one-score games. Running the football effectively is also even more important with a rookie QB under center, and the Jets would be especially wise to give those carries to Chris Ivory, who was acquired in a trade for a reason and is easily better than Bilal Powell.
Ivory said, “Going (forward), we have to run the ball. I feel like it’s a must.”
He added, “We run the ball. I just don’t feel like it’s consistent…. Rex wants to run the ball, but I guess as the O.C. you see something different out there… I think he’s just a passing guy. The offense he runs is built for passing.”
Interesting, and he definitely has a point with the whole Marty Mornhinweg and Rex Ryan dynamic; the Jets WCO-friendly OC is more likely to call more passing plays than Ryan. Ivory is going to have a bigger role going forward now that Goodson is out, and hopefully he can take advantage of it and play like he did on a per-rush basis while with the New Orleans Saints.