August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their preseason football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE
The question on if New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory will be active for tomorrow’s game seems to be a mystery to even Ivory himself according to a recent Twitter post.
After landing in Tampa a short while ago, Ivory tweeted:
"Not sure if I’ll get any touches tomorrow for you that are curious"
Some believe that giving Ivory the opportunity to play could revive the Saints pitiful run game that has suffered so far this season. Placing the blame on the performance of first-round pick Mark Ingram could be one reason but it can be shared with the blocking by the offensive line.
Ingram hasn’t been the only one suffering because usual dynamic runner Darren Sproles has been stopped as well in the run game. This has led the Saints to rely on the arm of quarterback Drew Brees through most of the games.
Still the call to bring Ivory in is becoming more and more popular since the thought is that he is a straight forward power runner, while Ingram has developed a tip-toe running style that hasn’t had much success.
Another reason Ivory may not be playing is because during preseason and practice he was missing pass protection assignments and fumbling as well. He was active for the San Diego Chargers game but didn’t get any playing time.
Local and national analysts all agree that though it might be tempting, it could be an unwise move to try to jump start the running game for the Saints especially with an away game against the Buccaneers.