RB Chris Ivory makes a case for a roster spot in New Orleans

Most of the headlines went to Drew Brees on Friday night in New Orleans’ offensive explosion against the San Diego Chargers.

But along the way the Saints might just have found themselves the backup running back they have been seeking all along. One that has been on their roster the whole time.

In a bit of a jam since Lynell Hamilton tore an ACL earlier in the month, New Orleans got the kind of performance from Chris Ivory that might have locked up a roster spot for him. The undrafted free agent from Tiffin University in Ohio finished with a team-high 45 yards on 11 carries, but he electrified on a 76-yard touchdown reception after catching a swing pass from Patrick Ramsey midway through the third quarter.

Ivory dodged a one tackler and then broke free from another at midfield before winning a race to the end zone.

“I caught the ball first and I wanted to get vertical and be physical and make some moves from there,” Ivory said, according to Sheldon Mickles of the Baton Rouge Advocate. “Then, a guy jumped on my back and kind of slowed me down at the end, but I made it through.”

Ag 6-foot, 222 pounds, Ivory could be the complement the team is seeking for Pierre Thomas. The Saints have been searching high and low for some help, but now they could be comfortable with a guy they’ve had.

“My mind-set was to come out and work hard and open some eyes, and just prove that I want to be here,” Ivory said. “I try to go hard every play so (the coaches) keep their minds open.”

Guessing their eyes were wide open and their minds remain open as well.

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