Jets beat writer Rich Cimini: Chris Ivory is primed for a career year. He’s had his best camp since being traded to the Jets in 2013, mainly because he’s healthy. In the past, he was nagged by leg injuries in camp. It’s a contract year for Ivory, so there’s plenty of motivation. This year, his role could expand in the passing game. He’s not a dangerous receiver out of the backfield, but his receiving numbers could be up because Fitzpatrick likes to throw to his checkdown options. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he catches three or four balls per game, which would give him about 20 touches per week. -
Chris Johnson is out, Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy are in, but it doesn’t seem to matter to Ivory, who seems primed to lead the Jets’ backfield in touches in 2015. Ridley is probably his biggest competition, but he’s recovering from a knee injury, so Ivory’s lead seems to be large. Ivory is a career 4.7 YPC runner, and has averaged 4.4 YPC in two seasons with the Jets. Ivory is shaping up to be a nice middle round value, especially in standard leagues. Though if Cimini's prediction about Ivory's role in the passing game proves to be true, Ivory will be a nice value in PPR formats as well. Ivory was the #19 RB in standard formats and #23 in PPR leagues last season, so if he improves upon those finishes, he'll outplay his draft position.