The offseason came with many upgrades at several positions for the New York Jets, especially in the backfield. Gang Green instantly upgraded their running back corps with the addition of former 2,000 yard rusher, Chris Johnson. Johnson will be joining the likes of Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Mike Goodson, in hopes to relive the rushing attacks of 2009 and 2010.
Ivory, who had a great first year wearing green and white, embraces the signing of the veteran player from Tennessee.
"I thought it was a good move," said Ivory on Thursday, "Anybody that can come in and help us I think is good for the team."
Ivory will be splitting touches with CJ2K, but it is unknown which player will get the majority of the carries or if they will be splitting them down the middle. If the Jets are trying to rebuild the team that led them to back-to-back AFC Championship games, Ivory will be happy with however the coaching staff decides to split up the carries.
"No concerns about touches," said Ivory of the rushing workload. "(I'm) just trying to win."
When it comes to running styles, the two ball carriers are far from the same. Ivory is known for his willingness to plow through defenders and fight for those tough yards. CJ2K, who likes his fair share of contact, but is more of a homerun threat in the open field
"He's fast, has great speed (and) great hands," said Ivory of Johnson. ""I've seen him play. He can do it all. He speaks for himself." Their two different playing styles will make it hard for defenses to plan against the both of them."
Since compliments are being thrown around between the two running backs, it would only be fitting to address the fact that these two playing styles of power and speed complement each other like earth and wind. All that is missing is the fire, and the Jets are hoping that the two can come together to create the spark that the Jets need to light up the scoreboard.
It does not seem like there is any bad blood between the two proven running backs. John Idzik loves competition and the competition for the No.1 running back position will come down to the wire. However, Ivory may have the upper hand because as reported, CJ2K is expected to sit out from OTA's while he rehabs his surgically repaired knee. This will give Ivory more time to sharpen his tools to gain an advantage over the speedy Johnson.