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For years the Saints have employed a multi-headed Hydra in the backfield, to the detriment of Christopher Ivory, who was stuck behind three players for playing time.
Well, that is no longer the case. Ivory is now free to fly with the Jets.
New York traded a fourth-round pick to the Saints for Ivory and immediately gave him an extension, all but assuring he will start for the Jets going forward. Ivory's peripherals are drool-inducing.
In limited duty over the years, Ivory has managed to average 5.1 YPC, more than every other running back on the New Orleans roster. Thanks to some Marshawn Lynch-like running, he averaged 5.4 yards per carry after contact last season, a ridiculous number even if it was on few carries.
He goes to a New York team that has been starved of that kind of quality at the position, sticking with the ever-plodding Shonn Greene over the years. It should be a breath of fresh air for Jets fans and fantasy football owners alike.
Incidentally, Ivory's departure opens up the possibilities for second-year back Travaris Cadet in New Orleans. He is still behind Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram, but he was a pass-catching fiend in last year's preseason—he could have a huge impact if Sproles goes down.