Ivory is expected to be the main beneficiary of added snaps and touches out of the backfield if starter Leonard Fournette (ankle) is unable to play Sunday against the Colts, Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com reports.
Despite failing to practice in any capacity this week, Fournette has said that he plans to suit up in Week 7, but it'll ultimately be a team decision whether or not the star rookie takes the field. If Fournette's sprained ankle is still presenting complications by the time Sunday arrives, Ivory would represent the clear top replacement, as the veteran's 154 offensive snaps in six games this season have placed him well ahead of the team's other two healthy backs on the roster, Corey Grant (23) and T.J. Yeldon (zero). Ivory is averaging a respectable 4.1 yards per carry in a supporting role and has already been regularly seeing work on passing downs ahead of a healthy Fournette, hauling in 16 of 21 targets for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Ivory caught nine of 10 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown while adding three yards on two carries in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Rams.
Ivory scored his first touchdown of the season midway through the first quarter when he took a 22-yard slip screen to the house. Despite the strong early showing of rookie Leonard Fournette, Ivory has maintained a consistent eight to 11 touches per game in relief, though he had yet to top 55 total yards in a game entering Sunday. Expect Sunday's performance to be the exception and not the rule, as Ivory's career history does not indicate he is likely to be the pass-catching monster he appeared to be against the Rams. Sunday's reception total represents over 10 percent of the eight-year veteran's career total.
Ivory will be a go Sunday against the Rams, but his fantasy upside is currently limited in his role as Leonard Fournette's top backup. It's an assignment that has led to Ivory garnering 17 carries combined for 83 yards over the Jaguars' last two games.
Ivory was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a hip flexor injury.
This surprisingly marks Ivory's first appearance on the injury report all season, which is a rarity for a player with his medical history. His ability to practice in some capacity suggests he's on track to serve as Leonard Fournette's (ankle) primary backup Sunday against the Rams.
Ivory had eight carries for 41 yards in Sunday's Week 5 win over the Steelers.
Working as the No. 2 back behind Leonard Fournette, Ivory had a reasonably productive afternoon, averaging better than five yards per carry with a long run of 19 yards. While Ivory remains an afterthought in most leagues, he would step in as the Jaguars' top option out of the backfield in the event of an injury to Fournette, as T.J. Yeldon was once again a healthy inactive Sunday.
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|2011||New Orleans Saints||6||2||79||374||4.7||35||1||2||21|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||6||2||40||217||5.4||56||2||3||7|
|2013||New York Jets||15||6||182||833||4.6||69||3||8||34|
|2014||New York Jets||16||10||198||821||4.1||71||6||1||42|
|2015||New York Jets||15||14||247||1070||4.3||58||7||9||50|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||12||4||1||17||17.0||17||0||0||0||1|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||6||2||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||6||2||2||15||7.5||13||0||0||0||1|
|2013||New York Jets||15||6||2||10||5.0||12||0||0||0||1|
|2014||New York Jets||16||10||18||123||6.8||23||1||1||0||4|
|2015||New York Jets||15||14||30||217||7.2||36||1||3||0||9|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||12||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||6||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Jets||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2013||New York Jets||15||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2015||New York Jets||15||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|