Chris Ivory is early favorite to be Jets' short-yardage running back

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New York Jets running back Chris Ivory is the early favorite to be the team’s goal-line specialist this season.

Chris Johnson, who was signed over the offseason, will figure to see the majority of the carries between the 20s.

“If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously,” Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn said, via the New York Daily News. “Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on.”

Lynn says that the team doesn’t necessary need a big bruiser to get the tough yards near the goal line.

Ivory is listed at 6-foot and 220 pounds. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns in 2013. 

“Some guys have that unique ability to get skinny in a hole, find a soft spot,” Lynn said. “It’s not necessarily a power back.”

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