Now that he is past the hamstring injury that slowed him for much of the early part of the 2013 season, Chris Ivory has become the punishing runner that the Jets need him to be. The New York Times had an interesting look at Chris Ivory's life and used his 15 yard touchdown last weekend as a metaphor for his career. When asked about his running style, running backs coach Anthony Lynn chose his words judiciously.
“He’s not a satisfied runner,” Lynn said.
Lynn was careful not to say “angry runner,” a cliché often thrown around, because Ivory is too mild-mannered and low-key off the field to fit that description. He seems to harbor no ill will, despite having gone undrafted out of Division II Tiffin University in northwestern Ohio, after three unremarkable seasons at Washington State, the only program he thought had showed him commitment coming out of high school in Texas.
Due to the hamstring, the season didn't start out so hot for Ivory but he's done well in recent weeks when the Jets have utilized him. The Jets certainly have missed a dynamic runner / pass catcher out of the backfield with the suspension and then injury to Mike Goodson.
The Jets will have a tough task in Charlotte this afternoon in the Panthers run defense as they are second only to the Jets at stopping the run. Ivory's unsatisfied running will have to be a key part of that if the Jets can stand a chance to wiu.