It's still unclear if Jets running back Stevan Ridley, an offseason free agent pickup, will fully participate in practice at the start of training camp. Ridley didn't get any 11-on-11 team periods work in the spring. He tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee during an October game against the Bills. Ridley isn't sure if he'll be 100 percent healthy by the start of camp. He doesn't want to put any undue pressure on himself with expectations about his return to practice, either.
"I really can't predict the future, man," Ridley said Thursday. "I just know that, for me, I've got to be ready for Week 1. That's the goal right now. I'm not going to set myself up for any false hope or say that I'm going to do something that I'm not. What I will say is I'm working hard. I've just got to make sure that I'm 100 percent healthy, and that when I do hit the field, I'm making an impact." Ridley said his knee is "doing well."
Ridley's standing on the team, as the season approaches and he continues to recover, will partly be determined by "what the guys do in front of him," HC Todd Bowles said.
"If all those guys are playing well and he gets limited time, then it's going to be tough [for Ridley]," Bowles said. "If those guys aren't doing very well, and he comes in and makes a splash, then you go by that. Only time will tell. We knew he needed time [to recover]. We want him healthy, and there's no hurry to get him healthy, because we have good running backs on the roster. When we brought him in, we knew it was going to be a process. We didn't know how long [it would take for Ridley to recover], but we knew he had time, and he can take his time. There's no urgency for him to get healthy."
The St. Louis Rams traded Zac Stacy to the New York Jets in exchange for the 224th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Stacy requested a trade after the Rams drafted Georgia's Todd Gurley in the first round on Thursday night.
Stacy will vie for playing time in a crowded Jets backfield, which also features Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley and Bilal Powell. Similar in skill set as a downhill chain-mover, Stacy will provide insurance in case Ridley suffers a setback in his return from ACL surgery.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Jets are signing running back Stevan Ridley to a one-year deal, according to a source close to the situation. Ridley joins the Jets after spending his first four seasons in New England.
Ridley joins a Jets backfield that includes Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. Ridley's final season with the Patriots ended in October after he tore his ACL and MCL. An opportunity to play in Chan Gailey's offense was a contributing reason to Ridley's decision to choose the Jets, the story said. As the story also points out, Ridley is an established power back who does his best work between the tackles. The same skill-set can be attributed to Ivory, who might find himself on shaky footing under a new regime in New York. The Jets could still use a home-run hitter type back -- if they grab one in the draft, Ivory might be the odd-man out. Of course, Ridley has had ball-security issues throughout his career but has proved to be an effective fantasy back, and certainly has some potential with the Jets, but will likely have his value capped by the other Jet backs.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 12:14pm
Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:10pm
LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), T Nate Garner (illness)
T Ja'Wuan James (neck)
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), RB John Conner (groin), WR Eric Decker (toe), DE Leger Douzable (ankle), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (illness), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), QB Michael Vick (right wrist, illness)
With Clay unlikely to play again, Dion Sims will get the start. He had four catches for 31 yards filling in last week. The good news for Miami is RB Lamar Miller and WR Mike Wallace are both listed as probable. For the Jets, TE Jace Amaro is out as he goes through concussion protocol. Meanwhile, WR Eric Decker, RBs Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson Bilal Powell and QB Michael Vick are all probable in what could be a tough matchup against a solid Dolphins defense.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (illness) took full practice reps again Friday.
Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:43pm
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (foot) took full practice reps again Thursday.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (foot) practiced fully Wednesday.
Anthony Lynn has a tough job these days. The Jets running backs coach must find touches for three running backs the team feels are capable.
Ivory was averaging 4.4 yards a rush and running over Bears defenders when he ran the ball or caught it. But he had zero touches in the fourth quarter.
Lynn explained this week that each back has situations they are in for, but the Jets had just two possessions in the fourth quarter, and he decided Johnson best fit the first drive and Powell the final drive.
The story goes on to say that Lynn said Ivory’s situational areas are short yardage on first and second down, goal-line and in their four-minute offense, which means they have the lead. The Jets have been trailing so it's cut into Ivory's time the past two weeks. But Lynn thinks Ivory's role could expand and added: “If Ivory continues to play like that, which I think he has from Day 1, sure, he may end up getting more touches and being the lead bell-cow, but I think keeping those guys fresh and keeping them healthy is important.”
There are a lot of "ifs" and "coulds" in there but it seems like the Jets have a plan when they are going to use each back. With Ivory playing the best of the group, it makes sense he gets more work, at some point, but that likely won't be anything the team announces ahead of time. Out of this group, Ivory looks like the back to have from a fantasy standpoint, but may only offer RB2 or flex numbers.
The Jets promised to play the “hot hand” at running back this season with their three-headed backfield of Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. So far, though, they look like they’re sticking to a democracy.
Johnson had 27 snaps and Ivory 26 in Monday’s loss to the Bears, despite Ivory clearly running better than Johnson. Coach Rex Ryan did not rule out giving Ivory more playing time in a conference call with reporters Tuesday.
“Maybe Chris Ivory will get more time,” Ryan said. “He’s certainly running hard. He’s doing a great job out of the backfield. There’s not a whole lot of guys that want to tackle him. He’s done a great job.”
Ivory had 10 carries for 44 yards and four catches for 52 yards in Monday’s game. He ran over Bears’ defenders all night, yet found himself on the bench in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line. The Jets keep giving the ball to Johnson despite limited production. Johnson has 123 rushing yards on 35 carries in three games. It was Powell who got work in the fourth quarter, though but it's Ivory who has been the most productive of all the Jet backs.
On Friday, the Jets’ running backs again looked good. Chris Johnson carried nine times for 42 yards. Chris Ivory carried six times for 50 yards. Bilal Powell carried twice for 6 yards. Johnson and Ivory were also involved in the passing game. Johnson had two catches for 35 yards, with a long of 19. Ivory’s only catch was a quick screen that he turned into a 23-yard gain. The Jets want to have an element in their offense that involves backs catching passes, and Friday was an encouraging development in that regard.
Johnson looked good doing it on the ground and through the air against the G-Men.
If Jets HC Rex Ryan wants to return to the ground and pound, he might just have the backfield to do it. The Jets’ running game emerged in Saturday night’s 25-17 preseason win over the Bengals, and one of the team’s newest weapons shined in the spotlight. Chris Johnson ran for 63 yards on 10 carries in the win.
The Jets displayed the versatility with Johnson that they had shown in training camp, lining him up behind Geno Smith in the pistol formation and out wide as a receiver, and turned it into a successful ground attack.
“We know they have a good football team over there and they pounded us on both sides of the ball last time,” Ryan said, referring to the Bengals’ 49-9 win over the Jets last season. “It wasn’t the case this time, our offense ran it all over them.”
Ryan cited the team’s 124 yards rushing in the first half, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. It wasn’t only Johnson that had success carrying the rock: Bilal Powell ran four times for 41 yards, including a touchdown. The bulk of Powell’s production came on a 32-yard run in the second quarter. Johnson should get a bulk of the carries with Powell getting mixed in as well. Injured Chris Ivory could also be a factor and is shaping up to be the goal line and short yardage back. All will cut into Johnson's value but he still has value in the middle rounds of drafts.
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