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Even before Goodson arrest, Ivory wanted bigger role

Chris Ivory AP

New Jets running back Chris Ivory was happy to get out of New Orleans, if only for the opportunity.

Thanks to the events of today, that opportunity might be even bigger.

Prior to the arrest of running back Mike Goodson on drug and gun charges, Ivory said he looked forward to the increased work the Jets could offer, after being caught in the traffic of a busy Saints backfield.

I think it does give me a better opportunity,” Ivory said Thursday, via Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com. “It was just a tough situation over there. We all had our roles. It’s just tough to fit four backs in a system.”

No one knows what the Jets are going to do about Goodson, who was signed to a three-year, $6.9 million deal prior to Ivory being acquired in a traded with the Saints. They haven’t gone beyond the obligatory “we’re aware, take this seriously, investigate, blah blah blah” statement at the moment.

But even if Goodson stays, Ivory has a chance unlike before.

In New Orleans, where he was forced to share the ball with Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles, Ivory never had much of a chance to shine. His carries dropped steadily until he had just 40 last year, but that won’t be the case in New York.

Ivory figured to be the more physical component to the run game (Goodson’s an outside speed runner, best-used in space), but now might get a chance to do more.

He only caught three passes in three seasons with the Saints, but when your options include Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham and Sproles, why would you throw it to Ivory?

“People say I can’t catch,” Ivory said. “But how many times have these people seen me receive a pass out the backfield?”

Thanks to some apparent poor decision-making by a teammate, he might get to do more than he imagined.

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18 Responses to “Even before Goodson arrest, Ivory wanted bigger role”
  1. whatnojets says: May 17, 2013 1:13 PM

    Ok Chris go for it but be careful, Joe McKnight will do anything to stay on the roster.

    Watch your back, buddy!

  2. tomthedestry says: May 17, 2013 1:17 PM

    Watch out Joe Mcknight has already framed your teammate he might come for you next.

  3. noring4youstill says: May 17, 2013 1:19 PM

    Best of luck Chris. Just wish we could have gotten more for him.

  4. keepingitrealdumb says: May 17, 2013 1:21 PM

    he will do well .. a good back

  5. zipnyc says: May 17, 2013 1:22 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how so many of these pro football players are given amazing opportunities and do everything they can to mess it up.

  6. tommyribs says: May 17, 2013 1:30 PM

    I know we all like to make fun of the jets, but trading for and signing Ivory was a good move by them.

    He was the best runner the Saints had and plays with power and has a great burst.

    Goodson’s stupidity will lead to Ivory having the opportunity to be a feature back.

    I am telling you, he has Michael Turner potential.

  7. nolahxc says: May 17, 2013 1:36 PM

    This guy is flying so far under the radar, it’s ridiculous. He’s going to make an immediate impact for that offense if he can stay healthy.

    Gonna miss that dude in New Orleans. Can’t wait to see what he can do for the Jets.

  8. jimb031 says: May 17, 2013 1:36 PM

    i dont like the jets but im rooting for him, wish they wouldve gotten him more involved here in nola

  9. skinsfanwill says: May 17, 2013 1:37 PM

    Jet’s finally caught a break getting this kid. He was easily the best back New Orleans had. He was an amazing player to watch in the few carries he did get. New Orleans was just plain stupid letting him go when could have shipped Pierre Thomas or Ingram out.

  10. peepeetoucher says: May 17, 2013 1:46 PM

    I love Ivorys potential just hope he stays healthy or doesn’t mean anything……………on Goodson. The big question is who the gun belongs to. We don’t know yet cuz they both denied it was theres, so both got charged with it and the cops will let the courts sort it out. If he just gets weed charge he’s fine, but if the gun charge sticks he’s done.

  11. We need Bud Grant says: May 17, 2013 1:50 PM

    I may not be an NFL expert, but I’m guessing Goodson won’t get a lot of playboy time if he is in jail.

  12. We need Bud Grant says: May 17, 2013 1:52 PM

    *playing time

    stupid autocorrect, I’m assuming they have lots of playboys in the pen…

  13. jmart1971 says: May 17, 2013 1:56 PM

    man, I always wanted to see Ivory catch from the backfield. He looked great his first time, ran TD in preseason his first year, but never got a pass unless the play went so broken, Brees was finding anything.

  14. judalation says: May 17, 2013 2:19 PM

    A Jets running back Arrested with a gun with hollow point bullets?

    Well REX did say he wants more weapons on offense…

  15. johnelwayishorsefaced says: May 17, 2013 2:34 PM

    They haven’t gone beyond the obligatory “we’re aware, take this seriously, investigate, blah blah blah” statement at the moment.

    Why does the media have this sense of entitlement and act as if they are somehow owed answers to every single question they have? The Jets don’t owe you anything. If you aren’t satisfied with their explanation then maybe you should do some actual reporting work and attempt to contact them and get a statement from them.

  16. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 17, 2013 6:39 PM

    I knew it was questionable signing a Raider!!! Glad we’re getting it out of the way now though rather than after the season begins.

    A couple of class acts. Who the heck parks in the middle of a highway anyway?

    Cut him now & move on. We don’t need the distraction.

  17. bergthe1st says: May 17, 2013 7:20 PM

    Signing Ivory will go down as the best thing that the Jets did this offseason.

  18. michaeljacksonisback says: May 17, 2013 9:37 PM

    Well Joe McKnight got rid of one RB. Look out Ivory! Don’t drink anything he gives you, and don’t ride anywhere with him.

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