Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune opines Tuesday that the Saints' top three running backs will all have bounce-back seasons with Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas "splitting the workload evenly" in base packages while Darren Sproles continues to dominate on passing downs.
Here is Triplett on Ingram: "It's hard to expect big things from him after he has looked so ordinary during his first two NFL seasons. But he did start to show some signs of improvement down the stretch last year. Ingram obviously has talent; he's still just 23 years old, and he's now fully healthy in the offseason for the first time in his NFL career. So if he's ever going to have a breakthrough, all the pieces are in place this year."
It's incorrect to call this year a possible bounce-back year for Ingram, because he has shown zero bounce in his first two seasons. He has averaged less than four yards per carry and has been nicked each year.
I have full faith that Sproles will have a better season with Sean Payton back. But I don't really want any part of Ingram or Thomas. Ingram is being drafted as a RB4, higher than Thomas, but I think he is just a sluggish runner who, besides splitting carries with two other guys, doesn't have much skill as a pass-catcher and doesn't fit into this offense. In the area he is being drafted, I would pass over Ingram for someone such as Bernard Pierce, Bryce Brown, Ben Tate, Danny Woodhead, Ronnie Hillman and possibly Fred Jackson.