Saints RB Mark Ingram opens camp as starter


Saints RB Mark Ingram opens camp as starter

The New Orleans Saints are giving running back Mark Ingram @MarkIngram22 one more shot. The former first-round pick is entering a contract season. He has never surpassed more than 700 yards from scrimmage or five touchdowns in a season, but right now, he is on top of the team's running back depth chart.
Ingram ran with the first-team offense during Saturday's practice while Pierre Thomas @Pierre_Thomas worked with the second team. Head coach Sean Payton referred to Ingram as "one of our starters" later in the day.
"He's a guy that we felt played very well in the last half of the season," Payton said of Ingram. "It's a position where we obviously carry depth, because it's a position that gets nicked up in our game. (Ingram) is smart. He's tough. He runs with good pad level. So far, he's doing well."

Fantasy Analysis:

Ingram had a big game against Dallas in Week 10, but which running back didn't slice and dice that defense last season? Past that, he averaged 3.7 yards per carry and has never averaged four yards per carry in a season.
There might be a few more carries to go around with Darren Sproles @DarrenSproles now in Philadelphia, but that work could be taken up by Khiry Robinson @_numberthreeRB or Travaris Cadet @TravarisCadet39 instead of Ingram.
Thomas remains the most valuable Saints running back for fantasy purposes because his proficiency as a runner and receiver. Ingram is an RB4 at best. I stopped waiting for a breakout some time ago.

Evan Woodbery via New Orleans Times-Picayune

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