Chris Ivory said recent success attracted him to Buffalo, calls Bills ‘playoff contenders’
The Buffalo Bills might not be as close to a Super Bowl or even return to the playoffs as many think. Even head coach Sean McDermott told reporters at the NFL combine that the team has some work to do this offseason.
Don’t tell that to new running back Chris Ivory.
The new back, who slots in behind LeSean McCoy McCoy as his name backup, joined the team’s radio station on Friday and called his new team “playoff contenders.”
“What caught my attention? Playoff contenders,” Ivory said on the John Murphy Show.
On Wednesday, Ivory spoke to the western New York media on a conference call and told reporters that he liked what Sean McDermott and the coaching staff had to offer as well.
He reaffirmed those statements on Friday.
“I liked the vibes, it just felt right, it felt right for me,” Ivory said. “I’m speaking more on coaches, I met most of the offensive coaches and everybody seemed cool.
“It just felt good. Felt real good,” he later added.
Late last week, Ivory was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars and his first team visit was the Bills. On his conference call, Ivory indicated he only visited with the Bills and the Cleveland Browns, but did mention having conversations with other teams via phone.
But the 29-year-old back may be remembered by Bills fans more for his time with the New York Jets, not his previous team.
He lead the AFC in rushing in 2015 with the New York Jets and Ivory signed a five-year, $32 million contract with the Jaguars.
Ivory was the main backup running back to rookie phenom Leonard Fournette last season, rushing for 382 yards on 112 carries. However, Ivory was scratched for two of the Jags’ playoff games, against New England and Pittsburgh, and only had one carry against the Bills.
Overall, he rushed for just 821 yards on 229 carries in two seasons.
Ivory said it just wasn’t a fit.
“I always feel like I have something to prove, but things just didn’t go as planned,” Ivory said.
Ivory signed a two-year deal with the Bills on Tuesday.