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Mark Ingram | Running Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 215
College: Alabama
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Mark Ingram opened Saints training camp as the first-team running back.
Coach Sean Payton referred to Ingram as "one of our starters," while Pierre Thomas ran with the twos. "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." Including playoffs, Ingram rushed 55 times for 374 yards (6.8 YPC) and two touchdowns in the four games he received at least ten carries last season. The Saints are likely to continue utilizing a three-man backfield, however. Ingram is an RB3/4. Jul 27 - 5:22 PM

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Mark Ingram confirmed his contract status will serve as motivation this year.

The Saints declined Ingram's fifth-year option, meaning he'll be a free agent after the season. The former Heisman winner has flashed a workhorse skill set when given enough carries, but New Orleans is not the place to get volume. Ingram will be part of a three-way committee along with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson this year, and then would do well to fly the coop.
Jun 5 - 11:48 AM

GM Mickey Loomis confirmed that declining Mark Ingram's fifth-year option was a "financial decision."

It would have cost the Saints $5.2 million to exercise Ingram's option for 2015, an exorbitant number when compared to the current running back market. Making him play out 2014 as a contract year should not be taken as a lack of faith. Ingram will have every chance to beat out Khiry Robinson for the big-back role and earn the most carries of his career.
Source: ESPN.com
May 8 - 9:38 AM

Saints declined Mark Ingram's fifth-year option.

It's an easy call, as Ingram's option would cost over $5 million, and the 2013 running back market didn't exceed $4 million a year. The Saints could still retain Ingram following the season, but he will play out 2014 as his contract year.
May 3 - 11:07 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirms the Saints do not plan to pick up Mark Ingram's fifth-year option.

It's an easy call, as Ingram's 2015 option would cost over $5 million, and the 2013 running back market didn't exceed $4 million a year. The Saints could still retain Ingram following the season, but he will play out 2014 as his contract year. He'll be fighting with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson for carries. We like Robinson as a sneaky bet to lead the team in rushing attempts.
Apr 28 - 11:12 PM

The Saints are undecided on whether to pick up Mark Ingram's fifth-year option for 2015.

Ingram would cost $5.2 million in 2015, so the Saints would be better suited to work out a long-term deal. Still just 24, Ingram has averaged 4.1 yards per carry through his first three seasons. The Saints have until May 3 to make a decision.
Apr 25 - 8:39 PM

Coach Sean Payton said at the NFL meetings that the Saints have had "no discussions" about exercising Mark Ingram's fifth-year club option.

The Saints have Ingram signed for 2014 at $1,386,375, but won't pay much more than that to retain him for 2015, if they even have plans to do the latter at all. Ingram is averaging 4.11 yards per carry through three NFL seasons.
Mar 26 - 7:33 AM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune envisions an expanded role for Mark Ingram in 2014.

We hear this every offseason, of course, but the Saints' release of Darren Sproles and attempts to trade Pierre Thomas indicate coach Sean Payton is truly, finally committed to more of a traditional, under-center rushing attack. Ingram quietly averaged 4.9 YPC on his final 78 carries of 2013. The 24-year-old will duke it out with Khiry Robinson to be New Orleans' lead ball carrier.
Mar 9 - 6:10 PM

Mark Ingram rushed 10 times for 49 yards in New Orleans' Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks, also losing a fumble.

Ingram was targeted twice in the passing game, but held without a catch. He committed a horrendous third-down drop on New Orleans' opening drive. The 2011 first-rounder closes the book on his third NFL campaign with a career-low 386 yards on 78 carries. That comes out to a solid 4.9 yards per carry, but was goosed by a monster day against Dallas' nonexistent run defense. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Ingram deserves to keep his roster spot, but still hasn't done anything to show he's capable of being anything other than a committee back. His Dynasty-league value is middling.
Jan 11 - 8:02 PM

Eagles DC Billy Davis confirmed his game plan in Saturday's loss to the Saints centered around stopping the pass.

Even though Drew Brees was struggling to throw the ball effectively in sub-freezing temperatures, the Eagles used five- and six-man boxes for virtually the entire game. Mark Ingram took advantage of it, putting up an uncharacteristically productive 18/97/1 line. "That's on me," Davis said afterward. "I made the calls for the passing game, to make sure we keep the big plays off of us...I could've called more of a run-heavy defensive game." Let's not carried away and think Ingram has turned a corner in his career based on one game against a soft defense.
Jan 6 - 11:04 AM

Mark Ingram rushed 18 times for 97 yards with a touchdown in Saturday's 26-24 Wild Card win at Philadelphia.

With temperatures below freezing and Drew Brees struggling on the road once again, the Saints turned to their running game. And since Pierre Thomas (chest) was inactive, that meant riding the much-maligned Ingram. He set a season-high in carries while consistently busting into the second level and churning up clock. Simply, it was finally the kind of performance the Saints had in mind when they drafted Ingram 28th in overall in 2011. Still, we've seen flashes like this from Ingram before only to see him tumble back to earth for months at a time -- and he'll have to play at Seattle next week. Don't expect a repeat performance.
Jan 4 - 11:55 PM

Mark Ingram rushed for 20 yards on three carries in Week 17 against the Bucs.

Ingram doesn't get many opportunities most weeks, as the Saints mix and match in the backfield. Khiry Robinson, another bruiser for New Orleans, received 12 carries Sunday. However, Ingram wrapped up a very solid regular season on limited touches. He rushed for 386 yards and one score on 78 carries (4.9 YPC). Ingram will act as a short-yardage and early-down back during the playoffs.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:43:00 PM

Mark Ingram rushed 13 times for 83 yards in New Orleans' Week 16 loss to the Panthers, adding one catch for seven yards.

Ingram was by far the Saints' best running back on a wet and windy day in Charlotte, using quick, subtle cuts to gain major yardage up the middle of the field. He also missed roughly a quarter of action with an undisclosed injury, but returned to finish out the game. Ingram's usage is game-plan specific. He's unlikely to be a factor in Week 17 against the Bucs.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:03:00 PM

Mark Ingram rushed for five yards on one carry and caught two passes for 39 yards in Week 15 against the Rams.

The Saints were trailing all afternoon, so Ingram didn’t play many snaps. He entered the game with 19 yards receiving this season. Ingram isn’t a fantasy option in 10- and 12-team fantasy leagues. He’s touchdown-dependent. New Orleans travels to Carolina next week.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:31:00 PM

Mark Ingram rushed three times for four yards in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Panthers.

Ingram rotated early down work with Pierre Thomas and was used in the Saints' red-zone package. He saw limited snaps again this week and lost a goal-line carry to Khiry Robinson in the third quarter. Ingram will be just a RB4/5 in fantasy leagues for Week 15 against the Rams.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 12:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Ryan Griffin
4Logan Kilgore
RB1Pierre Thomas
2Mark Ingram
3Khiry Robinson
4Travaris Cadet
5Tim Flanders
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Pierre Thomas
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Travaris Cadet
FB1Erik Lorig
2Austin Johnson
WR11Marques Colston
2Robert Meachem
3Nick Toon
4Andy Tanner
5Seantavius Jones
WR21Kenny Stills
2Brandin Cooks
3Joe Morgan
4Charles Hawkins
5Brandon Coleman
WR31Brandin Cooks
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Ben Watson
3Josh Hill
4Je'Ron Hamm
5Nic Jacobs
K1Shayne Graham
2Derek Dimke