And it's not just the dreads. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini wrote Tuesday that the Jets see running back Chris Ivory as "a poor man's Marshawn Lynch, a big, bruising runner with the ability to wear down a defense."
Ivory is slated to be the Jets' lead back this year.
It's a suitable comparison. Lynch and Ivory have similar builds and both are very determined runners. Ivory had a 5.1 yards-per-carry average over three seasons with the Saints. He deserves to have a larger role, and he will definitely get that with the Jets.
However (because there is always a "however" with any Jets player these days), Ivory has seen injuries shorten his opportunities in the past, and he needs to prove he is not fragile if he wants to be what the Jets need him to be. Also, he is not a great fit for the team's West Coast offense, which traditionally calls for RBs to catch passes. Ivory has three receptions in his career, so he won't be on the field on third downs, and he could be relegated to the sidelines during games in which the Jets trail early and often. Cimini writes that the Jets' offense will be "predictable" when Ivory is in the game.
Ivory is going to get every chance to be the No. 1 player in this backfield, and if he gets 270-300 carries and plays on the same level in New York as he did in New Orleans, he could have a big season. But for everything we don't know about Ivory right now, he's best drafted as a flex option.