When New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory was signed in 2010 as an undrafted free agent, no one knew that he would have such an impact in the run game for the Saints. But could he now possibly be slipping down the depth chart going into his third year?
Ivory opened eyes in 2010 with his aggressive style of running where he would plow head first into a pile, breaking tackles and sometime even bowling linebackers over. A Lisfranc fracture in his foot in December derailed his rookie year and he ended up on injured reserve.
He began the 2011 season on the Physically Unable to Perform(PUP) list and was activated midway through the Saints campaign to another Super Bowl. Ivory showed he still had the skills he had flashed in 2010 and seemed to be back on track.
However, by some reports Ivory has been having an up and down camp. He will flash a good play one second and then make a mental error the next. Several accounts have Ivory being removed from first team reps due to a series of bad plays and a fumble.
So far in preseason, Ivory appears to be struggling to some degree. While others like Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles play a few series and are removed, Ivory is left in the rotation in what might be an attempt to evaluate where he stands.
Rookie running back Travaris Cadet is making a huge impression on the field and with the coaching staff in camp and preseason so far. Ironically, some have called him the “next Chris Ivory”. In fact, Cadet has been leading Ivory in stats so far in the preseason.