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Chris Ivory turns heads of defenders (and teammates)

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33)

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs the ball during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman

LONDON - The NFL had better take notice of Chris Ivory.

Despite his relaxed demeanor and hushed speaking voice, the Jets running back is a monster on the field. And Ivory made sure to run all over the Wembley Stadium grass and through Dolphins defenders -- including Miami's $114-million man, Ndamukong Suh.

"He's a beast, man," Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace said of Ivory, who rushed for a career-high 166 yards and one touchdown in the Jets' 27-14 win Sunday. "I hope he gets the credit that he deserves around the league, with you guys, the media. He's one of the best doing it right now."

After sitting out last week's loss to the Eagles, Ivory was determined to make a statement vs. the Dolphins. And his presence quickly was felt not only by Miami but by his teammates.

"I've got to do a better job of blocking," receiver Brandon Marshall said. "I've been horrible, and part of the reason is because I've been a fan watching [Ivory] . . . His game speed is unbelievable. He runs the ball violently and the guy's a stud."

Ivory credits much of his success to one trait. "I really think it's more of a mentality," he said. "Sometimes I try to get low, not all the time it works, but I think that's big for me. Sometimes I'm able to get a little lower, dip my shoulder and bring it up, and I think that's what helps me."

He seems to show little regard for his body as he bounces off defenders and spins his way through traffic, his dreadlocks flowing wild and free from underneath his helmet all the while. And he often makes would-be tacklers look silly.

With the Jets up 13-7 late in the first half, Ivory used a spin move and sheer strength to escape Suh's grasp en route to a 17-yard gain up the middle for a first down.

"Well, he didn't make it," Ivory said, smiling, when asked about Suh's failed attempt to bring him down. "I pride myself on making the first guy miss."

He acknowledged that his 29 carries were "a big workload" after he nursed a groin injury followed by a quadriceps injury the past two weeks. "But it didn't really bother me too much," Ivory said.

"He was a workhorse," coach Todd Bowles said.

Added Darrelle Revis: "He attacks the line of scrimmage like [no] back I've seen. I would say he's probably one of the best backs in the league."

Afterward, Ivory said he was somewhat glad he sat out the Eagles game. "Last week gave me a little more time to get healthier than I was," he said.

So was this the best game of his career? "I've had a couple great games, I think, in my opinion," said Ivory, whose previous career high was 158 yards when he was with the Saints in 2010. "They might not have been 100 and whatever it was, but it was a good game."

His teammates were far more impressed. Especially Marshall, who will focus more on blocking than watching Ivory. "There's been like three or four times in this game where I'm watching or I stopped [to watch him run]," Marshall said, "and my guy got an extra hit on him."

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