Monday, October 28, 2013
Chris Ivory: Saints just another game
By Matt Ehalt
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Listening to Chris Ivory speak Monday, you wouldn't have known whether he was preparing for a meaningless preseason game or readying for the team that traded him this offseason.
"No special meaning," Ivory said of facing New Orleans this Sunday. "Just another game that we're trying to get a win."
Ivory downplayed playing the Saints for the first time as a Jet. The Jets acquired Ivory for a fourth-round draft pick after three injury-riddled seasons in New Orleans, and he said he doesn't see this as an opportunity to prove to New Orleans it shouldn't have dealt him.
"I feel like you should treat every game like the same. It's just another game. It's just the team I came from," Ivory said. "I don't feel like I have to prove anything. Go out and play and try to come out with a win."
Ivory had a good rookie season with the Saints in 2010, rushing for 716 yards and five touchdowns, but couldn't stay healthy. He played a combined 12 games the next two years, rushing for a total of 591 yards and three touchdowns. With Ivory's injury history, and the Saints already using Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas in the backfield, Ivory became expendable.
The Jets acquired Ivory, and aside for his performance against the Patriots on Oct. 13, he hasn't provided much thus far. Against New England, he rushed for 104 yards on 34 carries. In his other six games, he's rushed 40 times for 126 yards. He has yet to score.
When asked what his best memories were of his days with the Saints, Ivory was brief: "Making plays."