Jets receiver Brandon Marshall says the NFL’s best running back isn’t Adrian Peterson, or Le’Veon Bell, or Marshawn Lynch, or DeMarco Murray, or Jamaal Charles, or Matt Forte, or Devonta Freeman, or Chris Johnson.
No, the best running back in the NFL is someone who has never been to a Pro Bowl, and never had a season with 1,000 rushing yards or 10 touchdowns or 20 catches. That someone is Marshall’s teammate, Chris Ivory.
“He’s already the best running back in the league right now,” Marshall told the New York Post. “Just watch the tape — speed, quickness, agility, vision, endurance — he has it all.”
That seems like a bit of an overstatement, but Marshall says Ivory has all the tools.
“He runs really violently, he has great feet, great vision. . . . He’s humble . . . and he doesn’t even know how good he can be, and that’s the scary part,” Marshall said. “I remember having a conversation when I first got here with him, and he was like, ‘I want to have 1,000 yards. I just want to get there.’ I said, ‘What?’ I said, ‘No, the goal’s gonna be 1,500 or better.’ And now he’s there, he’s like, ‘Man, I see it,’ and that’s the good thing. I asked him that one day, I said, ‘Man do you really know how good you can be?’ He’s like, ‘Man, I really don’t.’ And I love that humility. And the sky’s the limit for him.”
Ivory ranks 13th in the NFL with 314 rushing yards this season and 11th in the NFL with 16 rushing first downs, and his average of 4.98 yards per carry is fifth among running backs with at least 50 carries. Those are solid numbers, but they don’t exactly scream “best in the NFL.” Marshall may be overstating the greatness of his teammate.