No, Chris Ivory can't catch passes. We'll start there. In a system that requires having pass-catching RB's, Ivory fails miserable in this department (just 5 career catches). He also has an injury history. These are things everyone knows about him so we can move on.
I prefer to look at Ivory does well. Run with the football. You know, what a starting-caliber running back does about 15-25 times a game.
Beyond the 4.6 ypc he boasted last year (4.9 for his career), Ivory also passes the advanced metrics test.
In 2013, According to PFF, Ivory was 3rd in the NFL in missed tackles per rushing attempt behind Ben Tate and Joique Bell: https://www.profootb...-premium-stats/
He also had 280 yards after contact on runs to the outside, a 4.44 yards after contact per carry rate that ranked him 2nd in the NFL behind Andre Ellington: https://www.profootb...tackles-part-2/
Now, to be fair, FootballOutsiders has Ivory and Bilal Powell ranked about the same as runners last year (-8.3 % DVOA for Ivory, -8.7 % for Powell), in the "about average" ballpark. But FO also ranks the Jets O-line 21st in overall run-blocking, and was particularly bad at blocking for runs to the inside, where Ivory spends most of his time. When he was able to run to the outside where he had space, the PFF numbers paint a picture of him being quite difficult to bring down.
All in all he's been worth the 4th round pick we jettisoned to get him thus far, and is an excellent position to do what he does best while Chris Johnson and Powell worry about the pass-catching duties.
Edited by Jetsfan80, 29 August 2014 - 07:12 AM.