EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets running game has been a question mark, but on Saturday night, it was hardly a weak spot.
First up, running back Chris Ivory was on the field after missing two weeks with a sore hamstring. He wasn’t as productive as he’d hoped but said his coaches were pleased with his first game action as a Jet.
"They thought I did good," Ivory said of the Jets coaching staff, "but we still have a lot to work on. We have to get in a rhythm and get more of a feel for the offense."
Ivory had six carries for 13 yards -- an average of 2.2 yards per carry -- but he was second to Bilal Powell with the first-team offense. Jets coach Rex Ryan said the plan was to be conservative with Ivory.
"I know we all want to see the new toy we have back there -- and it’s a good-looking one -- but we were just being smart with him," Ryan said. "We didn’t want to overdo it with him. He’s a big, powerful man, and we wanted to get him going a little bit."
Powell had seven carries for 68 yards for an average 9.7 yards per touch. Powell also took two direct snaps, which produced a first down and eight yards, respectively.
"I was really pleased with Bilal Powell," Ryan said, "I’ve always been. I thought he had a big day."
Ivory’s durability has been an issue in past seasons, but if he can stay healthy, the Jets unveiled what could be an increasingly solid backfield duo.