Running back duo unveiled at MetLife
August, 18, 2013
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com
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."
RB Joe McKnight (head injury) was not active for Saturday’s game, and free-agent acquisition Mike Goodson has not shown up for training camp. The Jets are not disclosing the nature of his absence.
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.