Ivory had six carries for five yards and caught his only target for four yards in Sunday's loss to the Texans. While Ivory has passed Marcus Murphy on the depth chart -- Murphy hasn't even been active the last two games -- his value in a poor offense with only a few extra carries to go around is low unless something happens to LeSean McCoy. Ivory is a strong short-yardage carrier and will continue to be used in those situations, but it's not like the Bills are punching it in 3-4 times a game either. In anything but the deepest of leagues, Ivory currently serves as little more than a nice insurance policy for McCoy owners.
Ivory rushed 14 times for 43 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 13-12 win over the Titans. Buffalo scored on its first possession and controlled the clock on the ground, giving Ivory 14 carries and LeSean McCoy 24. The Bills will likely try a similar formula against the Texans in Week 6, but McCoy should get the bulk of the touches either way, leaving Ivory with a limited role.
Ivory rushed six times for 15 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 22-0 loss to Green Bay. Ivory actually got more carries than the returning LeSean McCoy (five rushes for 24 yards), but neither made much of an impact on a dismal day for the Bills offense. McCoy appeared to be battling an injury to his left hand after the game, and his potential absence could reopen more looks for Ivory against the Titans in Week 5.
Ivory is in line to return to a backup role in Week 4 with LeSean McCoy (ribs) listed as active and starting for the matchup against Green Bay. Ivory carried the ball 20 times in Week 3 when McCoy was inactive, but he could see his workload decrease significantly if McCoy is able to play through ribs discomfort and take on the majority of the snap share. Should McCoy suffer any type of setback, or simply need a breather, Ivory would be the default backup option at running back. Backfield mate Marcus Murphy, who was Ivory's backup in Week 3, is inactive for the contest due to a rib injury of his own.
Ivory's teammate LeSean McCoy (ribs), who practiced on a limited basis for a third straight day Friday, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Green Bay, the Bills' official site reports. Ivory put up 116 yards from scrimmage in McCoy's absence last week, so he'd have value once again if Shady can't go when he tests himself Sunday morning before the game. We tend to think McCoy is a lot closer than he was last week when he almost suited up against Minnesota, though if he does get sidelined again Ivory would be the primary weapon -- Marcus Murphy would get some work as well -- against a Green Bay defense that's giving up an average of 387 yards per game.
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|8||10/30||New England Patriots||18||16.67|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||17||16.33|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||17||16.33|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||18||16.67|
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