Is New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory on the chopping block or the trading block?

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August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Jaguars defeated the Saints 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Maybe the better question is New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory in the doghouse with somebody?  Mainly since the once favored backfield threat hasn’t seen one offensive snap this season or better yet even been active.

The issue is pretty puzzling considering that Ivory has not only been a fan favorite since his rookie year but the team as well.  He blew everyone away with his hard-hitting style of running that made defenders look like bowling pins.

Ivory has drawn praise from not just the home crowd, but opposing coaches as well.  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll called him a “stud” after the thumping Ivory gave his defense in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome late in 2010.

A Lisfranc fracture shortly after though derailed Ivory and he was placed on injured reserve.  The following season he was placed on the Physically Unable To Perform(PUP) list and was activated for Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams.

He had his best game that season in a Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers where he had 19 carries for 127 yards and one touchdown.  Ivory appeared to be back and his role was thought to be more prominent for this season.

Yet Ivory’s training camp didn’t go very well especially when it came to ball security where reports were that his fumbling problem was raising a few eyebrows among the coaching staff.

Another issue that became apparent during the preseason was that Ivory wasn’t doing well in pass protection and was missing assignments when it came to picking up blitzes.

Rookie running back Travaris Cadet was gaining attention during preseason though and the debate began who the Saints would keep and most thought it would be Ivory with Cadet going to the practice squad.

In a surprise move the Saints decided to have five running backs on their roster with Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Ivory, and Cadet.  Fans were licking their chops to see how the offense would use this five-headed monster.

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  • Larry James

    New Orleans Saints must look at this picture very clear, I think Chris Ivory run harder and hit harder than Mark Ingram. Look to me the offensive side look good just need to play these running backs. They don’t need receivers they need to work on the defensive side, I don’t know who’s making the picks now in the front office I hope its the right decision. To release one of their good running backs from the offensive side.

  • James C. Morse

    …Trade Ingram, activate Ivory, enough said.

  • chad

    Ivory is so much better than Ingram that it is laughable. I honestly feel we would be undefeated with ivory, Thomas, and sproles. We are unbeatable with those backs. Ivory was one of the best backs in the entire NFL as a ROOKIE. TRADE MARK (2 yard) INGRAM and play CHRIS ( the kracken) IVORY!!!!!!!

  • pdoell

    I think it is pretty obvious why Ivory is the odd man out. Ivory is the only runningback on the team who hasn’t done well catching the ball and Brees likes to pass a lot to the runningbacks. It would be pretty clear to the other teams if Ivory was sent on to the field that they should expect a running play. There has been a lot of people that have been pretty hard on Ingram but I think he would be doing better if the offensive line would do a better job run blocking. I’m sure the coaches have seen what Ivory has been doing in practice and they obviously don’t think he would have any better success than the backs that are already on the field or he would be out there.

  • floyd

    trade ivory and ingram for an defensive head coach