New Orleans Saints Running Back Controversy: Chris Ivory (Part 2 of 5)

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Saints running back Chris Ivory (Source:

I am trying to address what every Saints fan wants to know…Who will be in our 2011 New Orleans Saints backfield. In Part 1, I talked about a big fan favorite Pierre Thomas. In this article, I will take a hard look at 2010 rookie standout Chris Ivory.

After Chris stepped up to a prominent role in the Saints offense in 2010, he showed a real talent for running the football. Although he was pushed into this role through a number of injuries to the Saints running back corps, he made the most of it displaying a tough hard nose style of running.

It appeared that the New Orleans Saints front office had done it once again and found another jewel amongst all the undrafted free agents in 2010.

Chris Ivory was signed by the New Orleans Saints right after the 2010 NFL draft on May 3, 2010. Chris had played his first three college seasons at Washington State University and his final year of college football at Division II Tiffin.

Although Chris didn’t attract a large amount of attention in college, he showed at times that he was definitely a quality football player given the right circumstances.

Chris made the Saints roster by getting the attention of the coaches with a very impressive training camp and very positive outings in the preseason games. Most notably the swing pass against the San Diego Chargers that he caught for a 76 yard touchdown.

What really got Saints fans attention was  in week 6, a 31-6 win against division rival Tampa Bay. Chris ran for 158 yards on 15 carries for a very impressive 10.5 yards per carry average and 1 touchdown.

This was the most yards that a Saints running back had gained in a single game since 2003 when our beloved Deuce McAllister rushed for 165 yards.

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