The day after every win, Rex Ryan picks out a few highlight plays from the game and shows them to the team. He calls them "Play like a Jet" plays, his version of the SportsCenter Top 10 -- except there's usually about five. He chooses "effort" plays: extraordinary blocks, blow-up tackles, that sort of thing. On Monday, it was the Chris Ivory show. Ivory's 15-yard touchdown run against the Oakland Raiders, a play in which he broke four tackles and caused another defender to miss, made it to the big screen. So did a block from earlier in the game, when he flattened blitzing linebacker Sio Moore. "We didn't have to worry about him anymore after that," running backs coach Anthony Lynn said Thursday, referring to Moore. In a wild, up-and-down season for the New York Jets, the biggest positive -- at least from an offensive perspective -- has been Ivory, whose crash-and-dash style makes the offense watchable. Well, not all the time, but you get the picture. After a slow start due to a hamstring injury, Ivory has emerged as the Jets' best skill-position player on offense, the one player who makes you believe that better days are ahead for a unit that has been scraping the bottom -- assuming general manager John Idzik can add a few more players in the offseason. Idzik could have as much as $40 million in cap space in his second offseason, allowing him to shop 'til he drops if he so desires. That wasn't the case last offseason. On a tight budget, his most significant veteran acquisition was Ivory, who cost the Jets a fourth-round pick in a trade with the New Orleans Saints and a modest contract -- three years, $6 million. Ivory is a keeper. "In today's game, he's so rare," Lynn said. "You don't see the power backs anymore. You see the space backs, with the open offenses. He's kind of unique. He's a throwback."
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