205 Attempts 1,043 rushing yards 5.1 yards per carry 6 Touchdowns
Mark Ingram has spent his whole NFL career in the ‘big easy’ and was drafted in the first round by New Orleans back in 2011. Ingram was a standout running back at the University of Alabama where he won the Heisman trophy and became a National Champion with their organization. Ingram has had trouble staying healthy in the NFL and finally finished a season playing all 16 games in 2016 (second time in his career – 2012). Mark has been a playmaker for New Orleans but has been questionable with his production from time to time. He has been on the roster since joining the team back in 2011 but has only eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing once, this season.
What made Ingram a valuable back this year was his ability to break off big runs in the face of adversity. After being benched for a costly fumble against Seattle, he responded with over 100 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against a tough Kansas City defense. Ingram has also averaged the highest yards per carry in his NFL career, topping over 5 yards per carry (5.1) on the season. Although his stats do not jump off of the page, he has offered New Orleans valuable minutes at the running back position while still sharing the backfield with Tim Hightower.
New Orleans will be going through changes in the organization as they try to get back to the playoffs before Drew Brees decides to retire. Mark Ingram is a player that is a great teammate but has been questioned for his ability to be effective out of the backfield. At time it seems that he may lack motivation to push himself past his previous self. He has proven this season that he is right for New Orleans and will be a big piece schematically for the Saints in 2017.