The Jacksonville Jaguars had a very disappointing run game in 2016. The backfield (not including quarterback or wide receiver runs) totaled 1,230 yards on 324 carries, averaging 3.8 yards per carry, and five touchdowns in 2016.
That’s really bad.
Ivory had one of his more disappointing seasons. After coming off a season where he totaled 1,287 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns, he managed just one start, 625 yards from scrimmage, and three touchdowns total on the year.
But this 42-yard run against the Kansas City Chiefs showed a glimmer of what the Jaguars were hoping for when they signed him to a five-year, $32.5 million contract during the 2016 offseason.
Coming into Arrowhead Stadium, the Jaguars were 2-5 and were underdogs even though they were playing against Chiefs backups on both sides of the ball. They got down 7-0 early and Bortles needed help from the run game. That's when Ivory rumbled along the left sideline to get them out of their own red zone and to midfield, running over Chiefs defensive back Ron Parker in the process.
Ivory finished with 107 yards on the ground, but a costly fumble at the goal line late in the game ruined the Jaguars' chances at a comeback.
Hopefully, with Ivory sharing carries with rookie Leonard Fournette instead of T.J. Yeldon, we can get these kinds of runs more often in 2017.