RB Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints
|5-9, 215||Born: 12-21-1989||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2011|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Mark Ingram's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 20 vs LAR (9 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
The Saints were not able to run the ball at all this week and it started with Ingram. He got 9 carries are barely eclipsed 30 yards. His average was slightly better than Kamaraís and he had the longest play on the ground, but it did not matter in the end. Ingram had a 16-yard burst the accounted for just over half of his total yardage on the ground. He took the ball off the right end and was pushed out of bounds to help setup one of the field goal drives. Ingram did not play as big of a role in the passing game as Kamara this week. He caught both of his targets but failed to reach 10 total yards through the air. It was a huge let down for the Saints running backs this week. It will be interesting to see if Ingram is still in a Saints uniform next season.
2018 Week 19 vs PHI (9 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
The Saints floundered early this week against the Eagles and Ingram did not do much to right the ship. He saw only 9 carries to 16 for Kamara and caught both of his targets through the air for less than 10 yards. Ingram can be credited with the first reception for Brees, an 8-yard swing pass, that helped get him going for the rest of the game. The only other things to really note for Ingram this week were his 36-yard rush off the edge and the lack of usage around the goal line. Ingram was responsible for the longest play on the ground for either team this week, but he was unable to find the end zone. His 36-yard run accounted for more than half his yards and helped inflate his average to more than 5 yards per carry. The Saints scored 2 touchdowns from the 2-yard line this week and neither came on a running play. This is very unusual considering their back usage at almost every other point this season. The Saints will ride the hot hand through the playoffs and will most likely lean more on Kamara and his versatility than Ingram. However, if there is a play where they need to power through for a yard, that should still go to Ingram. Look for a closer split of carries next week against the Rams.
2018 Week 17 vs CAR (5 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
There was some talk as to if the Saints were also going to rest Ingram, but he had already missed the beginning of the season due to a suspension and had fresher legs. He was given 5 carries to start the game and then they pulled the plug. Ingram ripped off a 16-yard run up the middle and that accounted for more than half his yards. Ingram caught both of his targets in the passing game, but only 1 catch had positive yards. He took his longest pass for 16 yards down the sideline and then was tackled for a 1-yard loss on a busted screen play for the other. It was a brief appearance for Ingram and then he gave way to Washington the rest of the way.
2018 Week 16 vs PIT (11 / 35 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The rushing attack was shut down for the most part this week outside of from the 1-yard line. Ingram got his number called twice from that spot and only cashed in once. Ingram scored the first touchdown of the game for the Saints after a very questionable pass interference call in the end zone. He powered the ball right up the middle for the score and lost his helmet in the scrum. He got his number called again in the second half from the 1, but could not punch it in. Kamara came in the next play and vulture the touchdown. Ingram had 4 more carries than Kamara this week but did not do nearly as much damage through the air. He caught 1 of his 2 targets for an 8-yard screen play. Ingram will get one more game against the Panthers next week and then a full bye week to be ready for the playoffs.
2018 Week 15 vs CAR (12 / 63 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
It was setting up to be a big game for Ingram in the first half until the Saints changed gears after half time and featured Kamara almost exclusively. Ingram had the longest play on the ground with his 22-yard rumble, but the success seemed short lived as the Saints were trailing late in the game. The game plan in the second half was much more pass heavy and that caters more to Kamara out of the back field. Ingram caught both of his targets for 11 yards, but that production was met by Kamara on a single reception. There seems to be no traditional roles for either back this season as it has changed from game to game. Usually Ingram is the short yardage and goal line back while Kamara is the pass catching change of pace back. The Saints are finding that Kamara can do it all and there is a chance that Ingram is in a different uniform next season.
2018 Week 14 vs TB (13 / 52 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
It has been a tough season for running backs since the Saints got Ingram back from suspension. They have been very good about splitting carries but that has made it hard for any one back to find sustained success. Ingram surpassed 50 yards on the ground and added a touchdown. He did not look great in the passing game and only caught 1 of his 3 targets. One of his targets was on the screen play where Brees threw his third interception of the season. His touchdown run was a brutal 17-yard run where he dragged defenders into the end zone with him. Ingram powered his way right up the middle and stormed his way into the end zone. It has been a tough season for running backs as neither gets a starters workload. The traditional roles from last season have not been utilized this year and the numbers for Ingram have shown that. The rushing game is going to matter in the playoffs and all of the splitting should give their backs fresh legs.
2018 Week 13 vs DAL (7 / 27 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Someone needed to step up this week against the Cowboys and unfortunately it was not Ingram. He was given 7 carries to Kamara's 11 and had a slightly better average at 3.9 yards per carry. His longest rush was 13 yards and it was the only real big play on the ground for the Saints. Ingram caught 2 of his 3 targets and was quickly wrapped up each time. Ingram saw 21 offensive snaps or about 40% of the offensive snaps. He was out paced by Kamara this week and has seen a decline in recent weeks. It is tough to predict what the Saints do at running back each week, and it was Ingram who took the back seat today. A matchup against a Tampa defense next week could get everything back on track.
2018 Week 12 vs ATL (11 / 52 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
There is not much to write home about with Ingram's performance this week. He had 3 fewer carries than Kamara this week and caught both of his targets in the passing game. Ingram's 4.7 yards per carry would be more than enough to make any team happy, but the Saints elected to attack the Falcons through the air this week. Even in the red zone and in goal to go situations the Saints leaned on the pass more than the run this week. Look for the Saints to continue to ride the hot hand out of the back field and it is a true flip of the coin as to which running back is going to see more carries. Ingram's longest run of the night was 12 yards down the sideline. Brees fumbled the snap but was still able to pitch the ball to Ingram as he fell to the ground. Ingram followed his blockers up the sideline for his biggest gain of the day.
2018 Week 11 vs PHI (16 / 103 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rushing attack was in full force for the Saints this week and Ingram led the way. He kicked things off by capping an 89-yard Saints drive with a 14-yard touchdown. The Saints faked a jet sweep and then handed the ball to Ingram. The defense was playing man on the outside and the corner followed the sweeper across formation. Ingram bounced to the outside and had a clear path to the end zone without being touched. His second touchdown was a 1-yard plunge off the left guard. The defense had just turned the Eagles over on downs and the offense only had to go 39 yards for the score. Ingram also added a 38-yard run off tackle for a big first down to help push him over 100 yards rushing. One interesting thing to note was that he did not have a target in the passing game. The Saints never let off the throttle this week and kept throwing the ball, but Ingram never saw his usual screen play or even a check down pass. The rushing attack stuck to running the ball this week and it worked out very well.
2018 Week 10 vs CIN (13 / 104 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 58 / 1 rec)
Things have been very quiet for Ingram since his triumphant return from suspension. He had a big game and then has played second fiddle to Kamara ever since. That changed this week as he ran for over 100 yards and had a receiving touchdown. He seems to have lost his goal line duties with Kamara getting the scores from 1 and 4 yards out, but he did not seem to let that bother him. Ingram decided to do it himself with a 28-yard catch and run screen pass for a touchdown. He would not be denied at the goal line with a swarm of defenders around him as he spun into the end zone. This was his longest play through the air and he also added a 33-yard run on the ground. Ingram cut to the outside and rumbled down the sideline for a big first down and almost 1/3 of his rush yards on a single play. He would have gotten more carries had the game not gotten so far out of hand. Third string running back Dwayne Washington ended up getting 11 carries to close out the game rather than Ingram or Kamara getting the extra work. If the back field continues to run on all cylinders, the Saints are going to be very tough to beat going down the stretch.
2018 Week 9 vs LAR (9 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
After his triumphant return, Ingram has faded back behind Kamara in recent weeks. There was a big difference in the number of touches between the 2 backs this week (24-10 favoring Kamara) and a reluctance to use Ingram near the goal line after a fumble in their own territory. Ingram was swallowed up by Aaron Donald at the line of scrimmage and fumbled the ball back to the Rams at the Saints 24-yard line. The defense averted disaster by turning the Rams over on downs, but it could have been a much different story. Ingram's longest run was 12 yards and he caught 1 of his 2 targets for 3 yards. The Saints finally seem to be shifting focus to Kamara and that could mean the writing is on the wall for Ingram after this season. With the suspension to start the year and some underwhelming performances thus far, he does not have a realistic shot at 1,000 yards and will most likely suit up for a different team next season.
2018 Week 8 vs MIN (13 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
It continues to be a guessing game as to which back is going to get what work. Ingram and Kamara had the same number of carries this week, but Kamara more than doubled Ingram in targets. He also lost out on a goal line carry from the 1 as Kamara finished his own drive with a touchdown. Ingram had more yards than Kamara this week but did not find the end zone. His longest play of the game was a 19-yard screen in the 4th quarter to help set up a field goal. His longest rush was 11 yards and a first down. The Vikings did a great job holding the Saints rushing attack to 106 yards combined this week, but Ingram was the most effective runner. There is no telling who is going to get the goal line work each week and the Saints like it that way. Look for New Orleans to continue to ride the hot hand each week.
2018 Week 7 vs BAL (12 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
The running back carousel looks like it is going to continue this year with the Saints. In his return, Ingram was the clear lead back again and received almost all of the goal line work. This week he lost touches to Kamara and was not given a chance in the red zone. Kamara ran the ball 2 times from the 5-yard line and eventually came away with the score over Ingram. Both back received 2 targets in the passing game and neither amounted to very much. Ingram's longest play of the game was an 8-yard scamper, but he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry this week. Baltimore has a tough rush defense and it really limited what Ingram did this week. It will be another tough test next week against Minnesota.
2018 Week 5 vs WAS (16 / 53 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
There were a lot of questions coming into the game about how Ingram would fit into the offense with the success Kamara has been having. Coach Sean Peyton said he would resume his normal work load and be the starter in his return, but it is hard to argue with what Kamara had done. Then the game got going and Ingram was given the first carry and almost all the goal line work. The overall yardage may not have been impressive, but the 2 touchdowns and number of touches tell the whole story. Ingram out touched Kamara 18-9 in his first week back and took control of the offense. He scored from 2 yards out on the first drive and then from 1 yard in a power running formation in the second quarter. Even more telling of how the split is going to go is that Ingram had 3 targets in the passing game to Kamara's 4. He also managed to do more with these targets and stayed on the field on third down. The Saints will look to establish their run game early for the rest of the season and that should provide plenty of work for Ingram going forward. He already has the freshest legs on the team and gets a Bye week to get ready for Baltimore in week 7.
Latest NewsSaints | Mark Ingram unlikely to receive tag (Sun Feb 17, 03:23 PM) - New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio. Our View: Ingram should be looking for lead-back work on the open market after splitting time with Alvin Kamara over the last two seasons. We'd like to see a run-heavy team like Baltimore land the veteran power back. Ingram should have no shortage of suitors in free agency.
link to story Ravens | Mark Ingram a fit in Baltimore? (Sat Feb 9, 01:51 AM) - The Baltimore Ravens could attempt to sign New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram in free agency, in the opinion of ESPN's Jamison Hensley, who thinks Ingram's durability and physicality make him a perfect fit for the Ravens' offense. Our View: Ingram is a hard-nosed running back who can grind down an opponent. That sounds exactly like the type of back the Ravens covet. With Alex Collins likely gone this offseason, the Ravens may be looking for another back to put in the mix with guys like Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon.
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