Chris Ivory doesn't know why he didn't get his first chance to carry the ball until the eighth game of the season.
The Saints running back figured the best thing he could do during the first seven weeks of the season was simply stay sharp and focused, so that he could be relied upon when his number finally was called.
''I still don't get it. I just played the patient role,'' Ivory said on Wednesday after logging 10 carries for 48 yards - nearly 5 yards a carry - including a 22-yard touchdown in New Orleans 28-13 victory over Philadelphia on Monday night. ''It was hard to be patient but, you know, I was. ... When they needed to count on me, I was accountable. The focus was definitely there, and like I said, once they called my number I was ready to go.''
Although the bruising 6-foot, 222-pounder made major contributions against the Eagles, Ivory cannot be sure he'll have a more consistent role in the offense. One reason he saw more action last week was because Darren Sproles was o...