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New York Jets: RB Chris Ivory Will Have a Breakout 2014 Season

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COMMENTARY | When it was announced that the New York Jets acquired running back Chris Ivory from the New Orleans Saints for a fourth round pick, it was a sign of good things to come. The Jets needed a running back with big play-making abilities, and with the departure of Shonn Greene, Ivory would provide just that.

With the former Saints running back, the Jets were getting a fast, strong and agile back. Ivory proved that he is a capable running back that can make the big plays. For unknown reasons, Ivory did not see playing time until later in the 2012 season, buried in the New Orleans' roster. But when he did play, the fourth-year running back's numbers jump out of the page: Ivory finished with 40 carries (his longest a 56-yard run) for 217 yards and two touchdowns in 2012, which equates to 5.4 yards per carry -- with the lack of production in the run game the past couple of seasons, that type of production would be a huge boost to a lackluster ground game. In three years, Ivory has played 24 games with 10 starts, carrying the ball 256 times for 1,307 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns.

Ivory was brought in to be the Jets' featured back, but injuries throughout the season took a toll on the running back and slowed him down a bit at the beginning of the season. But, at the same time, he broke out big runs that got Jets fans wondering what could be.

Ivory finished the 2013 season as the team's leading rusher, running for for 833 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. Those stats may not jump out at you, but there's no denying that the running back is a chain mover, establishing himself as one of the best interior running backs in the league with his bruising running style.

The running back has a lot of upside and can do a lot of damage on the ground. All he has to do is stay healthy.

Jonathan Peralta is a proud New Yorker that has been covering the New York Jets and the NFL on various sports websites the past few years. His work has been featured on Bleacher Report, the Star-Ledger, Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports Yardbarker. For sports news and updates, follow @itsJPeralta on Twitter.

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