Ivory went undrafted out of Tiffin University in 2010, but that didn’t stop him from earning a spot out of training camp on the Saints’ 53-man roster and having a significant and immediate impact out of the backfield.
The 6-0, 222-pound Longview, Texas native finished his rookie season as the team’s leading rusher with 716 yards and five scores on 137 carries (5.2 YPC) in 12 games (four starts) and was a consensus NFL all-rookie selection.
However, his production has slipped over the last two seasons in the Saints’ crowded backfield—which also features Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. Ivory, 25, rushed for 374 yards and a score on 79 carries (4.7 YPC) in six contests (two starts) in his second season and followed it up with similar numbers in 2012—40 carries for 217 yards (5.4 YPC) and two TDs in six games (two starts).
He heads into his fourth season with 1,307 career yards and eight TDs on 256 carries (5.1 YPC) with three receptions for 32 yards through the air in 24 games (eight starts) with the Saints. Ivory also recently visited with the New York Jets and there was talk that the two teams would pursue a trade for a late-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The move looks to still be a possibility.
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