Ivory seemed to display excellent vision. So much so that I couldn't always decipher where his cutback runs were as a result of a great play design or just a terrific initial read by him. He bounced a couple of runs outside for good yardage where they would have been stuffed if he took the ball up the middle and had a couple of plays where he should have been stuffed for a loss but managed to break tackles to get positive yardage.
Both his touchdowns were pretty easy, though, and if the Jets can block this well all season and Ivory can stay healthy, he's going to rack up some big numbers.
The only negatives I had on Ivory were two plays that weren't really his fault - one saw him tripped by a defender's trailing leg as it looked like he had a big alley to run through off-tackle and another saw him absolutely nailed as he tried to pound it in at the goal line. He could actually have had four touchdowns, coming up half a yard short on that play and then also having a score on a screen pass that was negated by a hold.
Powell assumed his role as the third down back and quietly racked up 78 yards from scrimmage himself. He was also on the field for the go-ahead two-minute drill. He accounted for four first downs, one on a short yardage conversion, one on a screen pass and two on runs bounced outside.
Powell also caught a short pass on a flat route from the slot, a nice wrinkle to enable the backs to pick up an easy five yards with a potential for more if you can shake a defender and something the Jets used extensively in preseason. On another play from the slot, he ran a post route to the end zone and was open, but the passed was deflected incomplete.
The Jets didn't need to leave the backs in very often in pass protection, but Powell did have one good blitz pick-up.
At fullback, Tommy Bohanon didn't play very much with the Jets - as anticipated - motioning receivers and tight ends into the backfield quite a lot instead and seemingly having just as much success when they did so.
It's perhaps a surprise that the Jets, who consistently activated four backs last season, only had three active for this game. However, maybe keeping Zac Stacy fresh will have its own benefits. Don't forget that Stevan Ridley could join the fray later in the year too.
Next up...the Jets receiving corps got off to a good start - and might only be scratching the surface in terms of what they're capable of achieving...