Ivory was asked Wednesday if he thought the last two weeks would make coaches think twice about sending him back to the bench when Sproles returns.
"Yeah, they would," he said, according to The Associated Press. "But I think as long as I'm doing the right things and get a plus on the plays that I get, I think that just helps me out and allows them to give that much more trust in me."
Ivory has 17 rushes for 120 yards, an average of 7.1 yards per carry the last two games.
The Saints ground game doesn't consist of just Ivory and Sproles, however. Pierre Thomas has averaged almost 5 yards per carry and taken over some of Sproles' screen-game duty. Mark Ingram has also seen his yards per carry jump the last two weeks, from 2.9 to 4.8.
Ingram dismissed the idea that Ivory's play has inspired him to run harder.
"Seeing him run hard is great and he's a great runner, but just because he runs hard doesn't mean he makes me run harder. I mean, I run hard anyway," Ingram said."
The abundance of good running backs is a problem for the Saints when they're all healthy, as teams are reluctant to leave more than three backs on the active 45-man roster. It's a problem many NFL teams would like to have, but interim coach Joe Vitt now might have to decide to send his starter, his first-round pick or his home-run hitter to the bench with Sproles' return.
This team needs help in too many other places to keep someone capable of valuable production on the bench.
I really don't have an answer to this one.
Cadet gets relegated to purely special teams work if he's active
Posted by Brageous I think we all agree it SHOULD be Ingram. Will it? I don't know. Ivory is making it a point to play him more and has looked vicious on the field. No way we bench sproles and PT is just good in every facet for us.