Jets RB Chris Ivory: 'I want to win, but along with that, I want the touches'
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Chris Ivory had a great breakaway percentage in 2012, along with Mike Goodson. (John Munson/The Star-Ledger)
Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger By Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger
on May 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM, updated May 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Chris Ivory is the most tenured running back in the building right now, and depending on how things shake out with Mike Goodson, could be in line for a bigger role this season.
During a recent interview, he talked about what it was like being in a crowded backfield in New Orleans and why he wanted the chance to break out and earn more carries.
"I was always going to have that opportunity," he said. "But it was just a tough situation over there. We all had our roles, just hard to fit four backs in a system. But I'm glad to be here."
He added: "I think more carries will allow my full potential to show...You kind of have to accept (sharing the ball). It was hard, I'm not going to say it wasn't hard. There were times when you don't like it, but you have to deal with it and accept your role."
When asked if he had conversations with the Saints during the offseason asking for a bigger role if he returns, Ivory was careful with his words.
"Well..." he said, pausing for a few seconds. "I didn't necessarily say that, but I would have loved for that to happen."
Basically, the point he's making is, we haven't seen enough Ivory to formulate a full opinion. That, with a bigger opportunity he can showcase more skills. So, with the help of our friends at Pro Football Focus, we look at the numbers that may have helped formulate the decision to bring him here.
Is Ivory right? You can decide.
2012*: On 40 total attempts, Ivory had three carries go for 15 yards or more. On those carries, the Saints gained a total of 103 yards.
2011: On 79 total attempts, Ivory had two carries go for 15 yards or more. On those carries, the Saints gained a total of 60 yards.
2010: On 179 total attempts, Ivory had nine carries go for 15 yards or more. On those carries, the Saints gained a total of 229 yards.
* An interesting note here, both Ivory and Goodson were in the top 10 for breakaway percentage, according to Pro Football Focus. Goodson was ranked No. 7 and Ivory No. 9.
Pass catching summary:
Another interesting part of Ivory's interview was when he was asked about misconceptions some have about his game.
"People say I can't catch," Ivory said. "But how many times have these people seen me catch a pass out of the backfield and all the times I caught the ball. But yet, they say I can't catch."
Here's his play breakdown from the last three years:
2012: 41 rushing plays, 20 pass plays.
2011: 104 rushing plays, 29 pass plays
2010: 140 rushing plays, 37 pass plays
Thrown at/catch rate:
2010: Thrown at: 1, catch rate 100% (1 rec, 17 yards)
2011: Thrown at: 1, catch rate 0%
2012: Thrown at 3, catch rate 66.7% (3, rec, 15 yards)
Yards per carry
Ivory said that, more than anything, he wants to win. But: "along with it, I do want the touches. I feel like I can be a big threat, but overall I just want to win, man. And be a big part of that puzzle."
Here are his touches from the past three seasons (carries//yards//yards per carry)
3 ATL @ NO 7 13 1.9
4 CAR @ NO 12 67 5.6
5 NO @ ARZ 10 39 3.9
6 NO @ TB HB 15 159 10.6
7 CLV @ NO 15 48 3.2
8 PIT @ NO 7 7 1.0
9 NO @ CAR 12 50 4.2
11 SEA @ NO 23 99 4.3
12 NO @ DAL 7 38 5.4
13 NO @ CIN 15 118 7.9
14 SL @ NO 7 47 6.7
17 TB @ NO 7 33 4.7
8 NO @ SL 6 18 3.0
9 TB @ NO 15 67 4.5
14 NO @ TEN 13 53 4.1
15 NO @ MIN 18 74 4.1
16 ATL @ NO 8 35 4.4
17 CAR @ NO 19 127 6.7
WC DET @ NO 13 47 3.6
DP NO @ SF 9 23 2.6
9 PHI @ NO 10 48 4.8
10 ATL @ NO 7 72 10.3
11 NO @ OAK 8 37 4.6
12 SF @ NO 8 34 4.3
13 NO @ ATL 3 4 1.3
17 CAR @ NO 4 22 5.5
So, there you have it. The Jets liked Ivory enough to fork over a fourth-round Draft pick. They could have had rookies like Jonathan Franklin (UCLA),Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), Stepfan Taylor (Stanford) or Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State), who were all drafted within 50 picks of the Jets selection.
Ivory certainly thinks it was a good deal.
"(The Saints) know what I had to offer, there's no doubt what I can do," he said. "So they knew what I had to offer. But it's a new beginning, so I just have to come out fresh."