Jets running back Chris Ivory has never shouldered this kind of workload, and has no idea if he can for a whole season. But he’s happy to try. He would have done it last year, and he will try to do it now for as long as his body will allow.
Ivory has carried 83 times for 460 yards and four touchdowns in just four games, far outstripping any pace he ever has set. Durability was always a concern when he played in New Orleans, and he never has averaged more than 13.2 carries per game (a number he averaged in 2011, when he played just six games) or totaled more than 198 in a season (a number he hit last year, when he admittedly wore down).
Ivory is on pace for 311 carries, raising the question of whether his body will hold up into November and December. Ivory is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards and yards per carry (5.5).