RB Mark Ingram II - Free Agent
|5-9, 215||Born: 12-21-1989||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 28 (2011)|
2019 Week 1 vs MIA (14 / 107 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram followed a beautiful block from Patrick Ricard and ran over a defender at the second level to break into the open field and pick up 49 yards on his first carry. Ingram got two carries inside the Dolphins' 6 yard line and scored a 1 yard touchdown. Ingram ran hard each time he got the ball. The collisions he created with defenders were very loud and violent. Ingram scored his second touchdown of the game off left tackle and went untouched for the 2 yard score. Ingram was able to gain chunks of 8 or 9 yards consistently throughout the game and was never stopped for a loss of yardage.
2019 Week 2 vs ARI (13 / 47 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram found limited success running the ball. The Cardinals defensive ends consistently collapsed in in an effort to slow the Ravens rushing attack. This created avenues for Lamar Jackson to run but resulted in a modest day statistically for Ingram. Ingram gained the edge off right tackle and followed Hayden Hurst into the second level on a 16 yard gain. Ingram made a 20 yard catch up the sideline lined up at wide receiver but absorbed a hard hit to the back from DJ Swearinger forcing him out of the game for the remainder of the series. Ingram picked up 10 yards on a dump off out of the backfield. Ingram played well, ran hard, and made plays in the passing game. Ingram was also the back in the game when the Ravens were in the red zone so expect him to continue to lead the Baltimore backfield barring an injury. Ingram sealed the game for the Ravens with back to back carries of 11 yards and 1 yard fighting through heavy contact on each.
2019 Week 3 vs KC (16 / 103 / 3 rush, 4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram continues to look great running and catching the ball. Ingram gets downhill in a hurry and once he has a head of steam its very hard for one defender to bring him down. Ingram consistently made defenders miss and saw usage in the pass game. Ingram got around the edge running right and followed two great blocks from wide receivers on his first carry gaining 21 yards. Ingram went untouched through a massive hole for a 2 yard touchdown on the Ravens opening possession. Ingram went untouched into the second level following great blocks from Orlando Brown Jr. and Willie Snead on his way to a 19 yard touchdown run. Ingram got downhill in a hurry and chewed up yards once he got going. Ingram was wrapped up by two Chiefs defenders short of the line to gain but managed to fight out of two tackles for a 6 yard gain on 3rd and 5. Ingram scored his 3rd touchdown up the middle on a 1 yard carry. Ingram caught a shovel pass for 10 yards on an improvised play. A few plays later Ingram picked up 13 yards with hard running after catching a check down. Expect the Ravens to lean heavily on Ingram if Jackson is struggling throwing the ball.
2019 Week 4 vs CLE (12 / 71 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram played very well outside of a costly fumble with the Ravens in scoring position. Ingram found holes and picked up good yardage on his carries running hard through contact. Ingram was able to consistently rip off gains of 8 and 9 yards running behind the interior of the Ravens' offensive line. Ingram followed a pulling Bradley Bozeman into the second level and literally just ran behind him for an 18 yard gain. After a couple of nice runs Ingram and the Ravens moved into scoring position Mark Ingram fumbled and the Browns recovered. The fumble killed the Ravens momentum and was the Ravens first turnover of the season. Ingram successfully converted a 2 point attempt with a run off right guard.
2019 Week 5 vs PIT (19 / 44 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram struggled to find room to run against the Steelers. Ingram was not able to get to the second level with a head of steam as he had in previous games. Ingram was frequently met at or behind the line of scrimmage and was forced to run through contact instead of running lanes. Ingram was used more often as a check down option for Jackson than in previous weeks. Ingram securing more targets only boosts his fantasy value especially if he is struggling to find running room. Ingram followed a nice block from a pulling Bradley Bozeman and found 14 yards on his first carry. Ingram followed a surge from the left side of Baltimore's offensive line and fought though contact to score a 4 yard rushing touchdown. Mark Ingram had a 17 yard reception negated by an offensive pass interference penalty.
2019 Week 6 vs CIN (13 / 52 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram has struggled to find room to run the last few weeks. Teams seem intent on not letting Ingram run inside and seem to want to make Jackson beat them with his legs or arm. As a result the Jackson and the Ravens have found more success running on the edges than inside where Ingram has done most of his damage. The consistent 7 or 8 yard gains that were there for Ingram haven't been there in recent weeks. However, Ingram remains the Ravens lead back and has seen more involvement in the passing game recently. Ingram also is still in charge of goal line duties. Ingram caught a screen pass and made a nice move to pick up 11 yards. Ingram ran off right guard for a 1 yard touchdown. On 3rd and short Ingram ran a shallow crossing route and picked up 11 yards. Ingram best run of the game was a toss where he followed Willie Snead and Marshal Yanda around the edge for a 12 yard gain.
2019 Week 7 vs SEA (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram struggled to find room to run against the Seahawks. Ingram had his moments but has not found the same running lanes inside that he found earlier in the season. Teams seem intent on taking away the big plays from Ingram and forcing Jackson to beat them on the edge or with his arm. Ingram is still running hard and playing well. Ingram looks quick and is still fighting through contact but he is not being allowed to build a head of steam as he used to. Despite this Ingram still averaged nearly 4 yards per carry and should be a key part of the Ravens offense going forward especially in goal line or short yardage situations.
2019 Week 9 vs NE (15 / 115 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram was playing very well until he lost a fumble. Ingram found much of his success early in the game finding running lanes and exploiting them for big gains. Ingram made two nice plays in the passing game and would've had a 3rd but Jackson rushed the throw. Ingram got a pitch from Jackson on an option play and broke contain for a 13 yard gain. Ingram followed a nice block from Matt Skura and burst into the second level for 14 yards. Ingram ran through a huge lane created by Marshal Yanda and went almost untouched for 53 yards. Ingram sprinted through the hole nearly at full speed. Ingram was wrapped up and stripped as he went to the ground on his next carry. Ingram made a pair of catches in the flat and totaled 29 yards on his two catches. Ingram was able to out flank a linebacker in coverage on each play then escape down the sideline.
2019 Week 10 vs CIN (9 / 34 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Ravens opened the game with a heavy dose of Ingram but the flow of the game resulted in Ingram not getting much work throughout the game. The Ravens passing attack was so effective it did not allow for long methodical drives where Ingram could accumulate yards and carries. The Bengals also conceded two defensive scores limiting the Ravens time of possession. The Ravens took what the defense gave them against the Bengals and expect more of the same going forward. Ingram looked like he was going to be stopped for no gain on a run up the middle but fought through two arm tackles to pick up 7 yards. Ingram got consecutive carries from the 1 yard line and scored 1 yard touchdown on the second.
2019 Week 11 vs HOU (13 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 37 / 2 rec)
Mark Ingram played very well and did much of his damage in the passing game. The Ravens continue to scheme Ingram targets. Ingram has proven to be match up problem against linebackers and the Ravens are using him in different ways to attack defenses. Ingram was targeted downfield after releasing up the seam on a 3rd down but Ingram was well covered on the play and the pass fell incomplete. Ingram picked up 11 yards on an inside carry running behind Bradley Bozeman. Ingram made a catch in the flat and went practically uncontested for a 25 yard receiving touchdown. Mark Andrews set a pick for Ingram on the play leaving him all alone along the sideline. Ingram picked up 9 yards running off right tackle thanks to a great block by Patrick Ricard on the edge. Ingram made a catch in the flat with a defender closing him down and ducked under the defender in a single legged squat to escape for a 12 yard touchdown. It was one of Ingram's best plays of the season as the defender had him dead to rights.
2019 Week 12 vs LAR (15 / 111 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)
Mark Ingram looked like an All Pro against the Rams. Ingram looked fast, explosive, ran through contact, and once again showed off his prowess in the passing game. Ingram opened the game running off right tackle behind Orlando Brown for 10 yards.Ingram again ran off right tackle through a big hole and followed a great block from Miles Boykin for a 19 yard gain. Ingram picked his way through a heap of bodies for a 10 yard gain on 3rd and 12 to set up a manageable 4th down. Mark Ingram went high behind Bradley Bozeman for a 1 yard touchdown run. Ingram released out of the backfield and faked like he was going outside before cutting back inside to catch a 7 yard touchdown over the middle. Ingram left a number of Rams defenders in his wake on a 25 yard burst up the middle. Ingram ran over Eric Weddle on the play.
2019 Week 13 vs SF (15 / 59 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram struggled to find room to run for much of the game against the 49ers. On almost every read option play 49ers defenders were crashing towards and hitting Ingram rather than chasing Lamar Jackson. The 49ers seemed to want to force the ball into Jackson's hands as a runner by shutting down Ingram running inside. Ingram was hit at or near the line of scrimmage on most of his carries. The 49ers also did excellent job of matching up with Ingram in the passing game. Ingram found success to open the second half when he picked up 26 yards in quick order on 3 carries but a fumble by Jackson ended the drive.
2019 Week 14 vs BUF (15 / 50 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram found some success between the tackles early but struggled to break into the open field. Ingram was able to consistently gain positive yardage but struggled to find consistent daylight. Ingram ran hard but the Bills seemed to always be defensively responsible filling every gap and having multiple defenders tackling Ingram as he crossed the line of scrimmage. Ingram got consecutive carries inside the 5 yard line including one from a wildcat formation but was unable to find the end zone. Ingram caught a screen pass for a 7 yard gain. Ingram caught a screen pass and got upfield in a hurry for a 15 yard gain. Ingram picked up 7 more yards on a check down from Jackson in the flat.
2019 Week 15 vs NYJ (13 / 76 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Mark Ingram consistently picked up chunks of yardage against the Jets strong run defense. Ingram found a lot of success rushing to the edges. Ingram was able to break into the open field and wasn't consistently met at or near the line of scrimmage like previous weeks. Ingram remains involved in the passing game and is one of the Ravens best red zone weapons. Ingram took the ball to the edge on a read option play and got a great block from Nick Boyle to score a 6 yard touchdown. Ingram found a huge lane off right tackle running behind Orlando Brown and broke into the open field for a 29 yard gain. Ingram converted a 2 point attempt on a run that looked almost identical to the 29 yard run. Ingram released into the flat off of play action and caught a 10 yard touchdown pass. Ingram sat for much of the 4th quarter with the Ravens holding a huge lead.
2019 Week 16 vs CLE (8 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 36 / 1 rec)
Mark Ingram was having a huge game before leaving the game with a lower leg injury. Ingram followed Patrick Ricard through a huge hole on his first carry and slipped through an arm tackle to escape down the sideline for 27 yards. Ingram released up field as Jackson scrambled and Jackson found him for a 24 yard gain. Ingram released into the flat and outflanked the defense for a 12 yard touchdown reception. Ingram sliced through the Browns defense off right tackle on a play that looked similar to his first carry for a 15 yard gain. A few plays later Ingram went down with a lower leg injury and did not return to the game. Coach John Harbaugh said there is no structural damage to Ingram's leg and the Ravens can rest Ingram the next two weeks.
2019 Week 19 vs TEN (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram managed some production on limited touches but was clearly not healthy. Ingram left the game before halftime and was shown with a wrap on his injured calf and would return briefly in the second half.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2017 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
The story with Ingram is very similar to that of Adrian Peterson. There was no room to run against the stout Vikings rush defense. Ingram's value came in the passing game during the second half. Brees targeted Ingram on three straight plays to help move the Saints into the redzone. The Saints adjusted to the Vikings sitting back in coverage and started finding Ingram underneath with room to run. Ingram and Peterson were both listed as number one running backs on the saint's depth chart and the snap distribution seemed to confirm that.
2017 Week 2 vs NE (8 / 52 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
There was no real decision made when it came to the top back in New Orleans. Mark Ingram looks to be the most productive back today, but his line is very deceiving. Ingram tallied more than half of his total yardage on the ground on the game's final play. The Patriots played a prevent defense with only four seconds left on the clock and Ingram took a draw right up the middle for 28-yards. Ingram's other 7 carries of the game were largely ineffective and he did not play a major role in the passing game either. New Orleans is a team that does not seem to have any idea what it wants to do in the backfield and this is going to frustrate Ingram and company all season.
2017 Week 3 vs CAR (14 / 56 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
The depth chart seems to be finally be revealing itself as Ingram had the same number of touches than both other running backs put together. Ingram was the dominant back in the run game today despite Kamara scoring the lone touchdown. Ingram's biggest rush came on a 15-yard scamper off the left tackle. Ingram burst through the line and into the secondary before getting tripped up on what could have been a much longer run. Ingram also took a screen down the sideline for 25-yards to account for the biggest passing play out of the backfield for the Saints. Ingram may not be on pace for the 1,000-yard season he had last year but it seems like as the season wears on he will cement himself as the lead back for the Saints' offense.
2017 Week 4 vs MIA (14 / 45 / 0 rush, 8 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
The Saints' rushing offense still has not found its groove, even 4 games into the season. Mark Ingram is still the top back on the depth chart and received by far the most carries. He was still unable to do very much with them aside from an 8-yard scamper off tackle. Ingram also had 8 targets in the passing game but only caught 4 of those attempts. Alvin Kamara has emerged as the top pass-catching option out of the backfield and Ingram could see his snap total continue to decrease if Kamara keeps going. Ingram's 1,000-yard season from a year ago seems more like an eternity ago as the Saints have not gotten anything going on the ground this season.
2017 Week 6 vs DET (25 / 114 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)
The Saints finally showed a commitment to the run game and Mark Ingram by trading Adrian Peterson and feeding him the ball 25 times. This is the most the Saints have run the ball all season and Ingram showed they can be successful doing it. Ingram's biggest play came on a 51-yard rush off tackle where he broke a tackle in the backfield and then another 5-yards down the field for the big gain. He was later rewarded with carries from the one and two-yard lines for touchdowns. The Saints did not try anything fancy and ran the ball right up the middle from a power formation. Ingram also added 5 receptions on the day but did fall victim to a fumble lost. Ingram gained almost half of his rushing yards on the one play but the coaching staff stuck with the run all day as 4 rushers combined for 193 total yards on the ground. Adrian Peterson may have had a slightly better day in Arizona but Ingram showed the Saints he can be the 1000-yard back they had last year and contribute in the passing game.
2017 Week 7 vs GB (22 / 105 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 5 / 0 rec)
It was Mark Ingram and the running game that helped to right a struggling offense early in this one. The Saints were having no problem moving the ball, but Brees had thrown interceptions on the Packers side of the field on the team's first two possessions. This is when a combination of a 47-yard reception by Ted Ginn and hard running by both Ingram and Kamara took over. Ingram cashed in on a 12-yard rushing touchdown to knot the game at 7 and cement the successful drive. He also added a 23-yard rush in the second half (with an added horse collar tackle penalty) that helped set up the 1-yard Drew Brees rushing touchdown. This is the second straight game Ingram has gone over 100 yards and the disparity between Ingram and Kamara touches continues to grow. Ingram was given 22 carries to Kamara's 9. Kamara seems to be taking over the third down pass catching duties as Ingram was not very effective in the passing game again this week.
2017 Week 8 vs CHI (18 / 75 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)
After consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Ingram did not have the best at the office. He did manage 99 total yards from scrimmage, but he also fumbled twice and took points off the board for the Saints. Both fumbles came deep in Chicago territory, well within field goal range. Despite costing the Saints at least 6 points, Ingram did make up for it with a rushing touchdown. Ingram took the ball in from 1-yard out and put the Saints up by 8 just before halftime. He helped to set up his own touchdown with an 18-yard rush off the right end, followed by a 19-yard pass to the 1-yard line. Alvin Kamara had poached the first touchdown after a defensive penalty on a field goal gave the Saints a fresh set of downs. Ingram had 10 more carries and 3 more targets than Kamara today and is still the clear lead back for the Saints.
2017 Week 9 vs TB (16 / 77 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Despite the two fumbles last week, Ingram got the start again today against Tampa Bay. However, he only had one more total touch than Alvin Kamara and did not have nearly as much success. Ingram's biggest play came on a 33-yard burst off the left tackle that he cut all the way back across the field to the right sideline. After the fumbling issues last week, you could see him hold it high and tight and with two hands once contact was made. Unfortunately for Ingram, rookie Alvin Kamara was rewarded with the touch down carry from the 6-yard line. Coach Sean Peyton still gave Ingram 6 more carries than Kamara, but he was out paced in the passing game 8 targets to 1. The Saints have shown a commitment to the running game since trading Adrian Peterson and it has paid off. Ingram is still the starting running back in New Orleans, but Alvin Kamara has shown that he can be a very capable starter if Ingram falters.
2017 Week 10 vs BUF (21 / 131 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Saints rushing offense outpaced the passing attack 48 attempts to 25 and Ingram's success played a huge factor in that. Ingram eclipsed 100 yards rushing and added three touchdowns for his best game of the season. Ingram's touchdowns all came from within the 10-yard line at distances of 1, 3, and 3 yards. Ingram helped to set up his own touchdown after taking a 4th and 1 carry 25 yards right up the middle of the Buffalo defense. Each of Ingram's touchdowns were power runs right up the middle and showed that he is the thunder to the thunder and lightning duo that is Ingram and Kamara. One interesting note is that Ingram was not targeted in the passing game at all this week. He is the clear starting running back but has been relegated to more of the rushing attack rather than passing with the emergence of Kamara. The touches were very close with Ingram taking 21 and Kamara at 17. It will be interesting to see the shift in workloads if the Saints are ever losing at any point again this season.
2017 Week 11 vs WAS (11 / 134 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Early on in the game, the Saints went run heavy with Mark Ingram and were very successful at it as Ingram as Ingram showcased his rushing ability in the first quarter on a 36-yard touchdown in which Ingram remained very patient for the hole to develop made one cut and then used his speed to outrun oncoming defenders. Ingram only touched the ball one time in the fourth quarter as the team went to a pass-heavy attack with Alvin Kamara, but Ingram came back in overtime to lead the Saints to victory as he had two long runs for 51 yards in overtime which led the Saints to victory.
2017 Week 12 vs LAR (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
This was not the best week for the Saints rushing attack and losing Ingram to a toe injury did not help matters. The team has put out a release saying he will be available to play next week but there is no way to know the extent of his limitation. After having a resurgence since trading Adrian Peterson, this is the worst game Ingram has out together. With less than 3 yards per carry while he was playing and only managing 11 carries, this is a game to forget. The longest play was a 7-yard burst off the left tackle in the third quarter. Ingram is going to have a tough test next week against a Carolina defense that has been tough against the run. Kamara also had a much better outing this week and it will be interesting to see if there is a shift in carry distribution.
2017 Week 13 vs CAR (14 / 85 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)
Ingram has been the starter all season long but was not given the first carry of the game this week. It was very short lived being on the bench as he received the games second carry 3 plays later. Ingram struggled to get things going on the ground this week aside from his 72-yard burst off the right guard. If you take away that one play, he managed 13 yards on 13 carries. He was able to cap that drive off with a 3-yard touchdown plunge after Kamara took the ball 9 yards to the Carolina 3. Another interesting stat this week was Ingram had one more reception and target than Kamara. This is the first time this season that Ingram had more receptions than Kamara and something that most people did not expect to see. Kamara did more damage with his receptions, but Ingram was still used in passing situations at a higher rate than before. On the surface, this looks like another great game for Ingram, but quite a few flags go up when you look at production outside of his one big play. He is not at risk of losing the starting job to Kamara, but we could see the carry distribution continue to inch closer to 50/50 as the season goes on.
2017 Week 14 vs ATL (12 / 49 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
After losing Alvin Kamara on the first drive of the game, it would be easy to assume that Ingram would take over lead back duties and get right back to the success he has had all season. That was not the case and Ingram actually seemed to struggle without having someone to relieve him after every few plays. Ingram is an elite athlete, but he has come accustomed to running a few plays and then getting a breather while Kamara did the same. Ingram did not break 100 total yards and did not eclipse 50 yards in either rushing or receiving today. The Falcons did a great job limiting his rushing attempts and seemingly cutting off his lanes for the jump cuts and cutbacks that he is known for. Ingram's longest rush of the day was 14 yards, but he did manage to chip in a 21-yard catch and run for a first down through the air. Ingram also got a little banged up when he took a helmet to the small of his back and needed a few plays off. It will be interesting to see how the Saints respond next week with a banged-up Ingram and Kamara in the concussion protocol.
2017 Week 15 vs NYJ (12 / 74 / 2 rush, 6 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
Ingram was having a subpar day in the rushing department until the final Saints drive of the game when he ripped off a 50-yard rush off the right tackle for a touchdown. He simply outran every defender who had stacked the box to stop the run up the middle. Ingram was barely touched on his way to his second touchdown of the day. His first touchdown was a power run right up the middle from the 1-yard line. Ingram also played a bigger role than usual in the passing game and managed more yards than Alvin Kamara for the first time since the beginning of the season. With 151 total yards and 2 touchdowns, Ingram effectively retook control of the Saints backfield. It is interesting to note that Ingram and Kamara both had 12 rushing attempts, but Ingram had the big 50-yard rush to pull away. On top of that, he added a 54-yard reception. This also tells a story of how 2/3 of his yards came on two big plays. It will be interesting to see if the touch distribution is as close next week against Atlanta.
2017 Week 16 vs ATL (13 / 44 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
The two-headed rushing monster was held in check this week, especially in Ingram as he was held to under 50 yards rushing. The only saving grace this week for Ingram was with his 26-yard rushing touchdown. The 26-yard scamper accounted for more than half of his yards on the ground and helped put the Saints ahead in a tight contest. Ingram weaved his way through the defense and was barely touched on his way to the end zone. It was his only impressive run of the night as he was constantly stopped in the backfield or right around the line of scrimmage. Ingram had 13 carries to Kamara's 12, but only had 3 targets compared to 9 for Kamara. The two running backs have gotten closer and closer in their total touches down the stretch, but Ingram still manages more of the rushing attempts. This game solidified another 1000-yard season and he added his 12th rushing touchdown.
2017 Week 17 vs TB (13 / 35 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
It was a tough day for Ingram who seemed to be stuffed at the line time and time again. There was not a lot of room to run as no running back rushed for over 45 yards. Ingram had 4 more carries than Kamara this week but still had fewer yards. The other glaring stat was the 2.7 yards per carry and the lack of explosive plays. Ingram longest run was a 10-yard burst up the middle and he added almost nothing in the passing game. Ingram has lived off the big play in recent weeks. He has turned in mediocre performances outside of a few big plays and that is going to be difficult to absorb in the playoffs. Ingram out touched Kamara 17-15 this week but things continue to get closer and closer every week.
2017 Week 18 vs CAR (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Despite holding a lead almost the entire game, the Saints did not commit to the run as it was very ineffective. Ingram only touched the ball 10 times and did not surpass 35 total yards. He had his lowest yards per carry total of the season with 2.4 and was out-touched by Alvin Kamara 11-10. Ingram even lost work down around the goal line as both Kamara and Line took the ball in for short scores. There have not been many games this season where the entire Saints rushing attack fell flat, but this was one of those games. Both Ingram and Kamara are going to have to play much better next week if they want to beat Minnesota. The only real stat of note was Ingram had the Saints longest rush of the day with a 7-yard scamper off tackle.
2017 Week 19 vs MIN (10 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
The Vikings keyed in on stopping the run like they did in their week 1 matchup and Ingram became more of an afterthought in the Saints offense. Ingram was out-touched by Kamara 11 to 15 and was not effective with the carries he was given. Ingram managed 2.5 yards per carry and his longest run of the night was 9 yards. He was also not featured in the passing game as much with his lone target and reception for 3 yards. The Vikings did a great job taking away the run and this is now 2 consecutive games that the Saints rushing attack failed to perform. Kamara is clearly the back of the future in New Orleans and it will be interesting to see what happens with Ingram in the offseason.
2016 Week 1 vs OAK (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Operating as New Orleans' clear feature back without C.J. Spiller, Ingram kept the offense on schedule despite lacking a highlight run and being stopped for minimal yardage on several occasions. Ingram entered the statistical column on New Orleans' second drive, taking a checkdown in the middle of the field for nine yards. He found a large running lane off left guard two plays later, decisively cutting upfield for 12 yards. Ingram stayed heavily involved on a well-designed screen play later in the drive, following his blockers up the left sideline for 20 yards. Ingram found little running room on his next several carries, never gaining more than four yards apiece. Later, he found a lane off left guard for nine yards, finishing the run by pushing a pile of defenders, and followed it up with another short carry to move the chains. Ingram was swallowed up for a loss on his first carry of the second half. He grinded through the middle on an inside handoff early in the fourth quarter despite little room to run for three yards. Ingram's best run of the day came on the following drive, when he exhibited plus vision to follow his blockers on an inside handoff before using impressive leg drive to fall forward for a gain of 17. His locked-in position as the unquestioned RB1 on this high-powered offense makes him a meaningful part of any fantasy lineup.
2016 Week 2 vs NYG (9 / 30 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Ingram showed impressive leg drive on the first play of the game, an inside handoff in which he pushed the pile for six hard-earned yards. Two plays later, he found a small lane off left guard for five yards. He began New Orleans' second drive with an inside give for just three. Ingram showed decent burst off right tackle to begin New Orleans' fourth possession, picking up nine yards but leaving more on the field. Ingram came out of the backfield later in the drive gaining five yards as a checkdown option. He caught a short dump-off to the left flat early in the third period for two yards, unable to find running room. Ingram slipped out of the backfield off play-action for his biggest play of the day, a 13-yard checkdown in the right flat. The veteran runner had very little success in the second half, never gaining more than two or three yards on any carry. Abandoning the run after realizing it offers little in the way of consistent yardage has been a pattern through New Orleans' first two games, but Ingram is still the unquestioned workhorse.
2016 Week 3 vs ATL (15 / 77 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
The Saints opened the game with a clear intent to feed Ingram the ball on the ground, and it worked well on the opening drive. Ingram began with a carry off right tackle for three yards. He fought through contact on an inside handoff two plays later, moving the chains with a three-yard pickup. New Orleans continued to feed him, giving him an inside handoff off right guard for six yards. He was tackled at the line of scrimmage off left tackle two plays later, but followed it up with an inside draw off right guard for seven. Ingram began New Orleans' third drive with an inside handoff off right guard, showing noticeable leg drive to push the pile for 11 yards. He was targeted on a wheel route over the middle on the following possession, gaining eight yards underneath the defense. Later in the drive, he found a wide lane off right guard on a well-timed draw play for 17 yards. Ingram opened the second half with hard-earned yards off right guard for three. However, he did not accrue many notable carries in the second half as a large New Orleans deficit tilted the game script into a pass-heavy playbook throughout the third and fourth quarters. A swing pass deep in the red zone later in the drive was met with immediate contact and a loss of one. He found paydirt on an ensuing two-point conversion, finding open space on a pitch off right tackle after a fake jet sweep. Tasked with a third-and-14, Ingram chipped a pass rusher before escaping into the left flat against very soft coverage for 18 yards to move the chains. Later in the half, he received a swing pass in the left flat after coming in-motion to begin the play, and Ingram followed his blockers for a five-yard touchdown to mark his first receiving touchdown of his career. The veteran runner is a victim of New Orleans' negative game scripts, as a continued reliance on the passing game limits his touches to a change-of-pace role down the stretch of most contests.
2016 Week 4 vs SD (18 / 56 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
Ingram began the game similarly to last week, taking it off left tackle for a productive ten-yard gain on the first play before following it up the next down off left guard for four yards. Later in the drive, he ripped another steady gain of six off right tackle. He was rewarded at the end of the possession with an easy one-yard carry off right tackle for a walk-in score. Ingram was the recipient of a checkdown early on the following drive for three yards. He began to met more resistance on the ground for this drive, however, gaining three before losing six. He caught a short angle route early in the second quarter, picking up six to set up a third-and-medium. Ingram stayed busy through the entirety of the first half, but holding penalties and poor blocking limited any notable yardage. He ran up the middle for short gains of two and six on New Orleans' opening drive, a trend of minimal gains on the ground that continued for the rest of the game to notch his dismal YPC of 3.17. Also on the opening drive, was targeted up the right sideline on a perfectly thrown wheel route for 20 yards. Ingram found space in the flat deep in the red zone, breaking through first contact to fall forward for four yards and a new set of downs at the one-yard line. As New Orleans fell behind by two scores in the fourth, Ingram began a primary checkdown option for Drew Brees. He opened a drive with two straight short completions for seven, and eight yards respectively. A notable carry took place late in the fourth, as he showed impressive power to stay upright off left guard for eight yards. New Orleans didn't abandon the run as they have when trailing the past few weeks, but Ingram's efficiency was still a major negative down the stretch of Sunday's contest. His role as a checkdown option helped keep his statline afloat, and the touchdown is certainly nice for the team's unquestioned feature-back.
2016 Week 6 vs CAR (16 / 51 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Ingram's first carry went off right guard for five yards. He followed it up the next down as a safety valve in the left flat for a gain of four, and moved the chains on his third straight touch with three congested yards through the middle. Ingram had two additional carries on the drive, including one from the three-yard line that fell inches short of the endzone. He carried off left tackle to end the first quarter, picking up five. His best run of the day came on a pitch off left tackle for 11 yards in which he took advantage of elusive room to run. Ingram was tasked with picking up a yard later in the second quarter, but was stonewalled off left guard and barely got back to the line. Ingram picked up a relatively meaningless six yards off right tackle on third-and-long later in the period. The Saints' lead back opened his second half with a pitch off left tackle for two. He began the following drive with an inside handoff off left guard for six. Ingram lost four on a pitch a few downs later, being hit on the backfield with little help from his blockers. He circled out of the backfield on a short angle route early in the fourth for five yards, but was only able to gain two yards off left tackle on the following down. Deep in Carolina territory, Ingram picked up a total of seven yards on two uneventful inside handoffs later in the drive. The veteran runner struggles for YPC efficiency each and every week despite showing decent burst, and and is a touchdown-dependent fantasy play as a result.
2016 Week 7 vs KC (16 / 62 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 1 rec)
Ingram began New Orleans' offensive day with a carry up the middle for seven, and followed it up with an inside handoff the following down for five. He stayed heavily involved on the opening touchdown drive, earning modest gains of five and two, respectively. The veteran runner lost two off left tackle to start the second drive, but caught a swing pass on the following play to pick up eight. He stayed throughout the first half but didn't have much success with zero notable carries. Ingram opened the second half with a solid gain of six up the middle. He carried the ball off his guards several times in the extensive second-half opening drive, earning modest gains of two, four and five, respectively. Ingram's determination hurt him a bit later in the series, as his refusal to go down cost his team two yards after he hit a brick wall. He rebounded with two plays later on a swing pass to the left flat for seven yards to critically move the chains. He showed impressive leg drive on the very next play up the middle to fight through contact for a seven-yard carry to to three yard-line. The workhorse was rewarded on his third straight touch, running to the left flat out of the backfield before easily walking into the endzone for the three-yard score. He stayed involved into the fourth quarter, picking up a first down on an inside handoff off left guard for six and following it up on the next play off left tackle for five. He was targeted on a very short checkdown to the right flat later in the drive for a pickup of two. Two plays later, Ingram ran off right guard but lost a critical fumble to send the ball back to Kansas City with less than nine minutes in the game. He didn't receive another touch after the fumble, as the time lost because of it forced the Saints into pass-only mode. The volume remains positive for Ingram, but a lack of chunk gains means he needs a TD to be worthy of RB1 status.
2016 Week 8 vs SEA (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ingram started the day as normal, carrying off right tackle on the second play of the game for two yards. He found no running room two plays later, running into his own blocker before diving back to the line for a gain of one. The veteran ran off right tackle early in the second drive, losing a fumble while fighting for a gain of about two. The turnover was returned for a Seattle defensive TD, and Ingram was swiftly benched for the rest of the game. The benching wasn't totally shocking considering his consistently low YPC totals this season, but it wasn't as if the running game began lighting the world on fire with Hightower as the lead ball-carrier. The situation bears watching throughout the week.
2016 Week 9 vs SF (15 / 158 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Ingram's first carry came late in the first quarter as Tim Hightower was clearly given precedence after running away with the lead job last week. He began with a gain of four up the middle to bring the ball down to the SF one-yard line. Ingram re-entered the game early in the second quarter, serving as a safety valve underneath the defense with a gain of eight. He followed it up with a carry off right guard for a hard-earned seven. Ingram went up the middle for three yards later in the drive before catching a screen pass in the right flat two plays later in which he followed his blockers and performed a nifty spin move to score a five-yard TD. Ingram took advantage of a well-blocked lane off right guard before finding wide open space up the right sideline to score a relatively easy 75-yard TD, a welcome positive for Ingram after last week's benching. Ingram had more success midway through the third quarter, running through another big lane off right tackle to the second-level for 19. After Hightower took another two possessions, Ingram came on early in the fourth, illustrating impressive lateral agility to begin a drive with a 14-yard gain off left guard. He found another significant lane two plays later, cutting off left tackle on an 11-yard draw play. Ingram further padded his impressive yardage total late into the fourth as the Saints ran the clock out, racking up gains of seven and five to finish his day. He ran effectively as the second member of a committee with Hightower, taking advantage of more space than he's seen all season that can likely be attributed to the league-best SF matchup. It seems likely that Hightower will significantly eat into Ingram's workload going forward, but he remains a relevant fantasy option.
2016 Week 10 vs DEN (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Ingram started the game this week, getting his first touch up the middle on the second play from scrimmage for five yards and a new set of downs. He followed it up on the next down, putting his head down off right guard for four yards. Ingram re-entered the game on the second drive after Tim Hightower started it, carrying off right guard for six yards. He carried three straight times to begin New Orleans' fourth possession, going up the middle twice and taking a pitch off LT on third down three, four and three respectively for just enough to move the chains. Ingram was given a toss off right tackle late in the second quarter, but the Denver front seven was ready in the backfield to execute a TFL and force a punt. Ingram carried off LT early in the third quarter, finding a decent lane for a quick 10 yards. However, Ingram appeared to hobble off the field and took to the sideline following the play. He came back no worse for the wear later in the third quarter, taking a short swing pass to the right flat for seven yards. With the momentum clearly in hand, Ingram carried off left tackle for eight early in the fourth quarter. Ingram took two carries between the tackles on inside handoffs for a total of eight yards on NO's final drive, seemingly in an effort to bleed some clock should DEN have a final chance at the ball. He moved the sticks on the next play with a short dump-off for six underneath conservative coverage. It was a solid if unspectacular day for Ingram, who seemed to regain control of the NO backfield by out-touching Hightower 13-10 while playing in crunch time.
2016 Week 11 vs CAR (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Ingram began the game in the backfield for New Orleans, earning his first carry on the third play of the game with a draw up the middle for a yard. He followed it up with a carry off right guard for just one more. Ingram found open space off right tackle early in the second drive, cutting back to the sideline for 14 yards. A few touches went to Hightower, then Ingram re-entered with a three-yard gain off LT. Ingram caught a short checkdown off play-action to begin NO's third drive, earning an easy 10 yards underneath the defense. Ingram caught a screen pass in the left flat in New Orleans' two-minute offense before halftime, following his blockers for 22 yards. He took another screen in the same spot two plays later for 15 additional yards underneath the defense. Ingram started off the Saints' second half with a loss of two by running into a brickwall off RT. He found space two plays later off RG to the tune of 13 yards, but injured himself on the collision with S Kurt Coleman. He did not return and is now subject to the league's concussion protocol.
2016 Week 12 vs LA (14 / 146 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 21 / 1 rec)
Ingram opened the game at RB after suffering a concussion last week, carrying off LG in impressive fashion. He bounced off multiple tacklers and fell forward for a hard-earned 18 yards. Ingram re-entered deep in LA territory on the following drive, taking an inside handoff off RG for five. He ripped off a 15-yard carry off RT on NO's third series, running through a huge gap before making a man miss and falling forward. He was given a short yardage carry later in the drive, but failed to pick up the one yard needed to convert on third down. Ingram atoned on the following down, however, taking a pitch off the left side before breaking a tackle and carrying into the endzone for a ten-yard TD. Ingram began the second half by finding a big hole off left guard, proceeding to run rampant through the secondary for 61 yards. He was rewarded three plays later with a walk-in screen from the right flat, following his blockers for an uncontested 21-yard TD. Ingram found significant space again two drives later, cutting off left guard for an easy nine yards. Early in the fourth quarter, he took an inside give off LT for a gain of 15 with relative ease. Ingram carried for a total of four yards on two carries midway through the fourth as the Saints were intending to run out the clock. He flashed big-play ability while clearly benefitting from perfectly blocked run lanes to stack up a handful of chunk plays that have mostly eluded him in 2016 thus far.
2016 Week 13 vs DET (7 / 37 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 16 / 0 rec)
Ingram opened the game with a swing pass in the right flat, picking up three yards underneath the defense. He caught a nearly identical pass to the opposite side of the formation on the following down for six yards to set up a third-and-short. Ingram made a jump-cut on the following series to hit a hole off RT for seven yards. He took an inside handoff for two yards on the following play, but appeared a bit banged up afterwards, gimping off the field. Ingram re-entered the game midway through the second quarter, getting stuffed off LT. He took a well-blocked pitch off RT for 22 to the right sideline on the following down. Ingram caught a swing pass in the left flat three plays later, taking the short gain to the sideline for three yards. He came out of the backfield early in the fourth period, diving to corral a short pass over the middle for eight yards. A wire-to-wire deficit led New Orleans to abandon the run game, leaving Ingram with a low number of carries.
2016 Week 14 vs TB (7 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Ingram began the game with a carry off LG for a gain of four. He got stuffed at the line off RT on the following play, falling backward for a loss of one. Ingram lost three more off RT on the subsequent drive, an unblocked TFL by Lavonte David. He re-entered the game after a long layoff near the end of the first half, but was once again stuffed for no gain. Ingram's largest carry of the day came later in the series, a decisive one-cut run off RG for a quick nine. He came a yard short of a TD on his next carry, and did not receive another GL touch. Ingram's next action did not occur until early in the fourth quarter, when he came out of the backfield on a short angle route for a diving nine yards. Ingram did not receive any meaningful carries down the homestretch of the game. It can partly be blamed on a negative game script, but it's clear Travaris Cadet is the preferred passing back.
2016 Week 15 vs ARI (17 / 78 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Ingram started at RB for the Saints, and took an inside handoff through a wide lane for 14 yards on the second play from scrimmage. He cutback up the middle for five two plays later. He continued his hot start by moving the chains on the following down on a pitch off right end for five more. He executed a third-down conversion on a similar play to the opposite side of the formation later in the drive, gaining 11 on the toss. Ingram caught a swing pass late in the first quarter, but was pushed to the sideline for a loss of three. He stayed involved into the next drive, taking an inside handoff off RT for four yards, then up the middle two plays later for four more. Ingram started the second drive of NO's third quarter, carrying off LT for five yards. His next notable carry occurred much later in the long drive, when he made a nice juke move off RT and then showed led drive to fight for a five-yard gain when not much was blocked for him. Ingram came out of the backfield late in the third period for a crucial third-down conversion, utilizing a pick play after catching the short flat route by running upfield for 17. NO did not abandon the run in this tight battle as they have been prone to do in 2016, entrusting Ingram with consistent carries through the fourth quarter. Ingram converted a third-down late in the fourth, picking up two on a pitch off LT to significantly dent Arizona's comeback hopes. He appeared very frustrated on the sideline after the play, seemingly wanting the TD himself. However, he returned to the game on the following drive for two carries and seven yards in his team's effort to run out the clock. He was solid if unspectacular all day, much like he has been all season.
2016 Week 16 vs TB (18 / 90 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Ingram started the game with a carry off RT, side-stepping tackle and falling forward for a gain of nine. Two plays later, Ingram ran a flat route to the right side of the field for five. He re-entered the game late in the following series, and found a wide rushing lane up the middle for a six-yard TD. He showed some power midway through the second quarter, trucking a DB off LG for seven yards. Ingram ran for nine to begin his team's next drive, decisively cutting upfield off RT. Ingram lost two yards on a short swing pass to the right flat later in the possession. Early in the third quarter, Ingram bounced a run off RT, proceeding to cut upfield to follow great blocking for an easy 14-yard TD. He stayed busy into the following drive, continuing to add body blows off the right side with another six-yard gain. He solidified the drive by bouncing off LG for an untouched 2PC. Ingram committed a facemask penalty early in the fourth period that negated a first down of his own off RT. Ingram was the focal point of New Orleans' final drive intent on bleeding the clock to zero. He went for eight off RG on his first carry, two off LG on his second and sealed the deal with a determined ten off RG on his final give of the day. Perhaps his best day on the ground all year, Ingram consistently ripped off chunks of yardage in the balanced attack and found the endzone twice.
2016 Week 17 vs ATL (20 / 103 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 29 / 0 rec)
Ingram was stuffed at the line on his first carry of the day, leading to a three-and-out. He was fed five touches in a row to begin the second series, with three short gains on the right side as well as an angle route out of the backfield for eight yards. On a third and long, Ingram ran an identical route underneath a prevent defense for an uncontested 14 yards. He fell short of a first down later in the possession, as inadequate blocking on a pitch off LT led him into a wall of defenders. After a fourth down conversion, Ingram took an inside handoff a few downs later in the red zone, and fell inches short of the goal line. He was stuffed at the line once again on the following play, and appeared to limp to the sideline afterwards. Ingram caught a screen pass in the left flat early in the second quarter, but was shut down immediately for a two-yard loss. He gained seven to begin his team's fifth drive of the game, occurring on a pitch off LT. Ingram bounced a run off RT on the successive down, racing to the sideline for a quick 17 yards. He was given a short checkdown in the left flat on third-and-long early in the second half, but only gained seven before a punt. Ingram was unable to find the endzone on a 2PC run up the gut in the 4Q. He was given a chance to make something happen on a screen to the left flat, but a lack of blocking led to a three yard loss. With the game clearly in hand, the Saints appeared motivated to lead Ingram over 1,000 yards rushing. He was able to do so late in the fourth, an inside handoff off RG through a big hole for 38 yards. They continued to feed him with three touches from the ten yard-line. He dove over the pile on the third opportunity, a TD reward for his first career 1,000=yard season. Ingram remained the workhorse into the two-minute drill, picking up a key first down off RT for nine yards. He caught a checkdown over the middle on the following down for five. Capping the season off with an 100-yard day is a positive way to end an inconsistent season for Ingram whose benching and oft inefficient YPC was bolstered by a handful of explosive runs that bolster his total to 1,000.
2015 Week 1 vs ARI (9 / 24 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 98 / 0 rec)
Ingram started New Orleans' day off with a toss off left tackle for a gain of one. His first reception of the day came on a well-blocked screen that picked up 24 yards. Ingram sparked the Saints' third offensive possession with cutback runs off right tackle for nine, then through the middle for four. Ingram pitched in on the subsequent series with four yards up the middle, then was on the receiving end of a Brees checkdown for five. He got things going on the second play of the latter half with a short run for two yards. As with a theme throughout the day, Ingram moved the chains on the successive drive with a swing pass for seven yards on a third down from about midfield, but ran directly into an unblocked Calais Campbell on his next touch. Ingram spearheaded New Orleans' drive following a fumble recovery with an explosive nine yards through the middle of Arizona's front seven. He was unable to get back to the line of scrimmage on the very next play when Tyrann Mathieu chased him down for a loss of three. Ingram snuck out of the backfield for a trademark swing pass against the Arizona blitz, accelerating down the right sideline for 59 yards. Ingram final touches out of the backfield were unable to give New Orleans the offensive spark needed to get them back in the game. Ingram began his 2015 campaign looking like a very capable back in all facets of the game. Against a stout Arizona front, he struggled to find consistent yards on the ground, but proved very valuable as a checkdown and screen option out of the backfield against the blitz. His receptions may dip a bit with C.J. Spiller back on the scene soon, but Ingram will remain a vital part of the New Orleans offense regardless of game script.
2015 Week 2 vs TB (16 / 53 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram was heavily involved for New Orleans once again against Tampa Bay, but this time his continued struggles on the ground were not bailed out by success receiving out of the backfield. His role in the offense is not a concern for fantasy purposes, but the effectiveness of the team at large may be. Ingram's first carry came on the fourth play from scrimmage, a run off left tackle that went for no gain. Ingram ran up the middle for a modest five yards to begin New Orleans' second offensive possession, and followed it up on the next series with another jaunt down broadway that failed to gain a yard. The ball went directly back in his direction on a second down swing pass to end the first quarter, netting a pickup of six yards. Ingram's next four carries followed his early theme of the day, going right back through the middle for gains of zero, five, four and one yard, respectively. Finally running in a different direction, Ingram fell forward for a yard off right tackle late in the second quarter. His next tote was an inside handoff with Drew Brees lining up in shotgun in which Ingram made a nice cutback move off right guard to spring himself loose for an 11 yard touchdown to put his team's first points on the board. Ingram picked things up in the second half right where he left off in the first, with a minimal pickup of two yards into the heart of the Tampa Bay defense. He finally got some traction in his legs up the middle near the onset of the final quarter, plowing forward for six crucial yards on fourth-and-short. The offense went right back to him on an inside handoff for a gain of five. After receiving a play off for a C.J. Spiller carry, Ingram paid no mind to an eight-man Tampa Bay box with seven yards off right guard down to the three yard-line. New Orleans hurried back to the line with a quick inside handoff to Ingram, but he fell just inches short of a touchdown that was stolen by fullback Austin Johnson on the next play. Ingram coughed up the football on a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage with only three minutes left in the game, seemingly icing a loss, but the Saints were able to get the ball back just about a minute later. They went right back to Ingram just two offensive plays later on a screen to the same area of the field, gaining five yards in the no-huddle.
2015 Week 3 vs CAR (14 / 50 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Ingram got rolling on New Orleans' second offensive possession of the day, rushing off right tackle for three yards. His next two carries went back into the middle of the line and off right tackle for no gain and three yards, respectively. Ingram began the next drive with a carry off left guard for five yards. Ingram's first catch came late in the first quarter as the checkdown option for Luke McCown, picking up ten yards. He took three inside handoff through the middle of the Carolina defense for five, nine and three yards respectively to get his team's rushing attack going in the second quarter. With his fourth consecutive carry, Ingram found space off right tackle on a well-blocked play to scoot into the end zone for a five yard touchdown. He got his first touch of the second half midway through the third quarter, rushing up the gut for four. He managed just one on the very next play with a swing pass to the left flat. Ingram ended the third quarter with a modest two yard gain off left guard, then took an inside handoff for two midway through the fourth quarter. Ingram kept his trend of short gains going with a short burst of four off right tackle, then serving as a checkdown option on the next play for three more to set up a short third down. The ball was dumped back to Ingram on their last offensive drive underneath for 12 yards. There were no big gains to be found on the ground for Ingram for the third straight week, but his role as the RB centerpiece is secure. Ingram also adds some bonus value as a fairly consistent safety valve for his quarterbacks.
2015 Week 5 vs PHI (12 / 57 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Ingram got his first tote on New Orleans' second play from scrimmage, taking it off left guard for four yards. His second carry came on the subsequent drive, rushing up the middle for nine yards by impressively keeping his legs moving after contact. He followed it up with ten more off right guard, again driving through defenders after contact. Ingram's next carry came two plays later, registering four yards off left tackle. To open the Saints' third series, he took a swing pass in the left flat for four yards before being pushed out of bounds. Ingram's next two carries went off-tackle for gains off three and four, respectively. Ingram stayed active throughout the third quarter, but his carries were hardly noteworthy, going for less than five yards each right up the middle. His last carry of the third quarter temporarily broke his season-long minutiae of short gains, however, with a quick 17 yards off left guard. Ingram's next touch, late in the fourth quarter, was a 13 yard dumpoff that occurred in garbage time. Ingram remained heavily involved as he has throughout the year, but remained settling for short gains much of the day. His volume keeps him locked in for most fantasy lineups, but his upside is certainly capped in this struggling New Orleans offense.
2015 Week 6 vs ATL (20 / 46 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Ingram began the game for New Orleans with a run up the middle for a gain of four. His next carries came later in the drive, a rush of two off right guard, followed by a dive up the middle for a yard and first down. Ingram found the end zone on this opening series, initially colliding with his own blocker before powering through two defenders for the score made possible by impressive leg drive. He wasn't able to get going on his next carry, as Ingram was tripped up by an Atlanta defender on an inside handoff that netted just one yard. His next several carries were uneventful ones through the heart of the defense that picked up very little yardage. In the two-minute drill before halftime, Ingram caught a screen off left tackle that lost two yards. The next play went back to him, a dumpoff over the middle for five yards. Ingram's next meaningful carry, on New Orleans' opening drive of the second half, was an inside draw on a key third down deep in Atlanta territory that gained five, but fell short of first down yardage. Ingram finally broke through for a decent ground gain early in the fourth quarter, rushing off right guard for 11 yards to begin another long New Orleans drive. He took an underhand dumpoff pass from his quarterback under duress for seven yards later in the series. Ingram plodded through a congested mess of bodies to finish the drive with a one-yard touchdown off right tackle to salvage a decent fantasy day even with a brutally low YPC. Two short gains for Ingram late in the fourth quarter were used to bleed the clock before an attempted field goal. His next three carries were uneventful short gains against a defense that knew the run was coming since the game was already in hand. With only 2.3 YPC, Ingram found almost no space to run for the majority of his night. The two touchdowns result in a solid fantasy day, but it's clear that running the ball in New Orleans remains an inefficient exercise in futility.
2015 Week 7 vs IND (14 / 143 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Ingram got into the game to open New Orleans' second series, taking a carry off right tackle for four yards. His next carry didn't come until early in the second period, when he bounced off right tackle for a modest pickup of two yards. Ingram showed nice burst through the well-blocked middle of Indianapolis' defense for a quick gain of 20 yards to open the following series. Two plays later, he was unable to pick up any yards off right guard. Ingram impressed again through the middle on his next carry, showing leg drive to finish his run of 11 yards. He took a well-blocked pitch off left tackle on the very next play for 44 yards, exhibiting good speed to navigate his way through the second level of Indianapolis' defense. The veteran back was rewarded with another carry two plays later for four yards. Ingram's first catch opened the next drive, a screen that went for a loss of five to the left flat. New Orleans' first two plays from scrimmage of the second half were well-blocked Ingram runs right up the gut for 35 and 17 yards, respectively. It was a refreshing change of pace for a running game in dire need of explosive plays. Ingram found paydirt to punctuate his impressive drive with a powerful one-yard surge off left guard. Staying involved on the next possession, he caught a swing pass in the left flat before turning it upfield for 10 relatively easy yards. Late in the third period, Ingram found additional space off left guard for five yards to keep his running game churning. He caught a lucky break on his next carry of one yard off right tackle in which Ingram was ruled down to prevent a potential fumble. Ingram received a brief injury scare late in the fourth quarter, but returned to the game on the next drive with a carry up the middle for three yards. The very next play went back to Ingram, but Colt Anderson and company were ready, taking the ball-carrier to the ground four yards behind the line of scrimmage. Ingram had his best rushing day of the year, finally breaking through with 20-plus gains in a year that has been marred by inefficient rushes. His touches remain as strong as ever, while the promising signs for the offense at large secure Ingram as a surefire RB2 at the very least.
2015 Week 8 vs NYG (16 / 80 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Ingram found space in the left flat to begin his team's second drive, a play-action dumpoff that picked up 17 easy yards. His first carry was an inside handoff off right guard for seven yards near the end of the opening period. He caught another play-action checkdown two plays later, again uncovering in the left flat for nine yards. Near the onset of the second quarter, Ingram took a rush off left tackle for a modest gain of three. Much later in the frame, Ingram powered it up the middle for six yards and a new set of downs deep in enemy territory. He lost two yards off left guard a few plays later. An inside handoff on the very next down simply won back his lost yardage. Ingram opened New Orleans' second half offense with a swing pass to the right flat for ten easy yards. Several plays later, Ingram failed to gain a single yard off right tackle. His next carry was a cutback off left guard, bouncing through contact for ten impressive yards. Several minutes later in the third, Ingram showed impressive burst off left tackle for nine yards. Two plays later, he sifted through bodies off left tackle for five more. After getting a breather, Ingram came back into the contest to bounce a rush off left tackle for a well-blocked 11 yards. He kept his chunk runs going on the next drive, taking the rock off left guard for eight. Ingram was the recipient of a three-yard dumpoff as the safety valve for Drew Brees on the following drive. A few plays later, Ingram dove over the top of the pile as if reaching for the endzone to pick up a potentially game-saving first down. After being stopped for no gain much later in the series, the Saints went back to Ingram with a pitch off left tackle for 16 critical yards deep into New York's redzone. He took the subsequent handoff up the middle for two more to keep positive momentum going. Ingram was the complementary option his offense needed to keep things on schedule. New York's opposing offense was lighting up the scoreboard on the other side, necessitating his team to ride Drew Brees' right arm until it fell off. Still, the Giants weren't able to stop Ingram from running through their defense much of the day, and game script is the only thing that kept his stats as low as they were. His opportunity with Khiry Robinson out for the season puts him in the weekly RB1/2 conversation.
2015 Week 9 vs TEN (22 / 54 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Ingram began his day with a minimal one-yard gain rush up the middle, a trend that would become familiar as the day progressed. His next two runs followed the same pattern, picking up four and three yards, respectively. Ingram continued his string of uneventful runs through the entirety of the first quarter. He was on the receiving end of a checkdown for five yards to end the opening period. Finally breaking free for a meaningful run to open the second quarter, Ingram followed his blockers off right tackle for 12 yards. His carry on the very next play went for just one. Later on the same drive, Ingram caught a 14-yard screen pass to the left flat that featured some nifty moves and nice blocks. He was unable to break the plane on his next carry from the one, a rush off right tackle for no gain. Ingram began the second half with another modest pickup of five off left tackle. He ran the rock up the middle on the next two plays, picking up four and zero yards before the Saints had to punt. Late in the third quarter, Ingram found space out of the backfield off play-action for nine yards. Adding yet another checkdown to his receiving total, Ingram sat down just in front of his offensive line before running after the catch for 14 yards. He got another opportunity from the one-yard line, but failed to gain anything off right guard to continue a frustrating day for fantasy owners. Ingram's slow day was certainly not for a lack of opportunity, as it was clear Sean Payton wanted his ground attack to run through him. Some credit is due to Tennessee's defensive front, but an overall poor performance by his blockers left Ingram with very little running room all day long. He provides a steady floor given one of the heaviest RB workloads in football, with decent touchdown-upside every week.
2015 Week 10 vs WAS (5 / 77 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Ingram's day began on New Orleans' third play from scrimmage, taking a pitch off right tackle for a monstrous 70 yards before being pushed out of bounds. He tiptoed the sidelines for the majority of the impressive run, but would only have seven additional rushing yards for the rest of the day. His next carry, again off right tackle, went for a loss of one. He opened his team's third offensive possession with a cutback run off left guard for 12. Receiving puzzlingly few carries in the first half, Ingram caught a screen pass in the right flat for eight yards to end his contributions until much later. His next touch didn't occur until the final play of the third quarter, a screen pass to the right flat that featured a nice move to gain 12 yards. He caught a similar swing pass to the right flat, but the blocking this time was only sufficient for a yard. Midway through the fourth, Ingram found no space off right tackle before running out of bounds for a loss of one. His momentum took him into the stadium's wall, but he appeared okay afterwards. His day was done, however, as New Orleans gave the reins to Tim Hightower with an insurmountable deficit. A big day looked to be in store for the veteran RB after exploding for 70 yards on his first carry, but falling behind by numerous scores forced the Saints to abandon their running game. Ingram has the opportunity that every owner loves in their RB1, but the production of a mid-range RB2 in a pedestrian rushing attack.
2015 Week 12 vs HOU (9 / 52 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)
Ingram's first carry occurred on New Orleans' third play from scrimmage, an inside handoff for a single yard. His next carry came two drives later, a loss of two off left tackle. Midway through the second period, Ingram took a pitch to the right edge before tiptoeing his way down the sideline for 29 yards, easily serving as New Orleans' best offensive play to this point. Ingram bailed out his quarter from an impending sack with a 17-yard swing pass to the left flat in the team's two minute drill. He opened New Orleans' second half with a chunk of 16 yards up the middle. However, he dropped a screen pass two plays later on a third-and-20. Ingram was the recipient of another swing pass to begin his team's next drive, taking it for three yards from the left flat. His next two carries were small victories considering the level of overall offensive success on the day, picking up five and four yards up the middle, respectively. Ingram caught a pair of checkdowns midway through the fourth in New Orleans' no-huddle attack, picking up five and six yards. The veteran back stayed involved with a catch two plays later, netting 16 yards against a vacant defensive zone. His role will remain steady as a capable professional back, but this is a team that appears ready for an early offseason.
2015 Week 13 vs CAR (12 / 56 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Despite not getting quite the workload he could have thrived on, Mark Ingram showed good vision and patience to find the holes in the Panthers defense. Getting good blocking up front for the most part, Ingram showed a beautifully subtle cut on an early 14-yard carry. He often encountered resistance at the line of scrimmage, but continued to battle away. The ball was knocked out his grasp on one carry, but the Saints managed to recover it. Ingram was involved in the passing attack as well, reeling in a couple of short dump-offs from Brees. Ingram showed his guile as a runner on his touchdown run, making two tacklers miss with shifty moves. He also punched in a two-point conversion, getting behind left guard and powering forward for the extras.
2014 Week 1 vs ATL (13 / 60 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Ingram garnered the most rushing opportunities and ran consistently hard all game. The downside for Ingram is that he only got one target and both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson were also involved in the running game. Ingram did receive the majority of the carries (13 of 28) and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. He had an impressive stiff arm on his second carry and despite being hit in the backfield, he gained a yard. He had his only target on the team's second drive, but only made 1 yard on the swing pass. He had more carries late in the game and had his best production in the fourth quarter. In the Saints' first fourth quarter drive, he carried four times for 28 yards, including three plays in a row to end the drive. After a tough 5 yard gain over right tackle, he followed a huge hole and made an excellent cut to the sideline gaining 19 yards and setting up a first and goal to go. The very next play, Ingram carried on a sweep to the left side for a 3 yard touchdown run, which put the Saints back on top 27-24.Ingram did not have a carry on the Saints next two possessions, until they faced a 2nd down and goal to go at the 3 yard line. He again got the call on a sweep to the right side and again scored a touchdown. This was the first two touchdown game of Mark Ingram's career. He had only scored 11 TDs over three seasons, including only one a year ago.
2014 Week 2 vs CLE (11 / 83 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram played exceptionally well, showing an elusiveness that has not often been on display during his professional career. Ingram either got the carry or the passing target on 75% of the plays he was in the game and was the main back in the red zone. Unfortunately, Ingram only played 20 snaps as the Saints continue their practice of heavily rotating the backs. Ingram made a positive impact when on the field and was clearly the best Saints back against the Browns. Ingram's two best plays came back-to-back early in the third quarter. Ingram made something from nothing with a 13-yard gain on a flip from Brees on which Ingram bobbed and weaved his way through heavy traffic to pick up the first down. Kruger was in position to make the tackle for a loss but Ingram left him grasping for air and looking silly. The catch and run earned Ingram an appreciative thumbs-up from Drew Brees. The next play Ingram took the handoff headed right, ran into a wall and bounced it back to the left for a long gain to the Browns 8-yard-line. Ingram again got the carry from the eight, but was stuffed for a short gain and replaced by Thomas as the Saints threw the ball on the 2nd down. Ingram was back in on 3rd and goal from the 1, but the Saints went pass. Ingram would get another opportunity from inside the red zone on the next Saints possession though. The Saints faced 1st and goal from the 3-yard-line early in the fourth quarter and turned to Ingram on 1st and 2nd down. On 1st, he plowed ahead to the 1-yard-line and on 2nd down Ingram showed nice vision, making a great cut to find the lane and walk into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.
2014 Week 7 vs DET (10 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Ingram returned after a four-week absence to lead the Saints in carries and was especially involved on early downs. Like all the Saints RBs, he found very little room to operate against a stout Lions front four that controlled the line of scrimmage. Most of Ingram's carries went for short gains or a loss of yards with the Lions penetrating and meeting him in the backfield. Ingram did run hard and looked like the same player who impressed in the first two weeks and preseason. Against a weaker run defense, expect him to again be effective in rolling up some yardage.
2014 Week 8 vs GB (24 / 172 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Ingram again looked fantastic, but the difference tonight was that he got plenty of opportunities without Thomas and Robinson stealing snaps. Ingram's strong play has flown a bit under the radar this season due to his injury and the RBBC, but it was on full display in front of a national audience against Green Bay. Ingram averaged over 7 YPC and showed off a nice combination of vision, power and elusiveness. He also seemed to get stronger as the game went on and he was able to wear down the Packers' defense as the game progressed. Ingram's best run of the game came early in the 3rd quarter when he galloped for 28 yards. He followed Ben Watson through a hole on the left side then cut back across the middle towards the right sideline, making a Packers DB look silly with a slick open field cut along the way. Ingram just missed a TD early in the 4th quarter when he picked up 8 yards on 1st-and-goal from the 10. He would cash in later in the 4th quarter however with a 21-yard touchdown run to seal the Saints victory. He ran left, bounced it towards the sideline and then dealt a wicked blow to the Packers CB to get the edge and clear the path to the end zone. It was a dominating performance by Ingram, but worth noting that he was facing a weak Packers run defense and that he had little competition for carries with the Saints other two bigger backs both out.
2014 Week 9 vs CAR (30 / 100 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
While Ingram found less space to run than last week, he still ran with power and physicality as the Saints offense leaned heavily upon as a workhorse back. Ingram played 65% of the snaps (which is about double what he was getting when Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas were healthy) and he again made the most of his opportunity. Ingram set the tone for the game from the very first snap when he plowed forward for three yards despite being met in the backfield by two Panthers defenders. Ingram scored the first touchdown of the game after a Panthers' fumble set the Saints up with the ball inside the Carolina 5-yard-line. After pounding it down to the two on 1st down, Ingram hit pay dirt on 2nd down as he ran off right tackle and powered his way into the end zone. The Saints' relied on Ingram to salt the game away in the 4th quarter and he delivered. Ingram had 6 carries on the final game-clinching drive and finished it off with a 3-yard TD run out of the shotgun.
2014 Week 10 vs SF (27 / 120 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Ingram has been a huge bright spot for the Saints offense since returning from injury and he continued his strong run of play despite facing a stingy San Francisco run defense. It was a meat-and-potatoes type of performance for Ingram as he did almost all of his work between the tackles. There was very little flash and no run went for more than 11 yards, but Ingram was still able to average an impressive 4.4 YPC. He regularly fell forward on contact and ran with strength, determination and confidence. Ingram was a little bit more involved in the passing offense as he regularly leaked out of the backfield and sat down in the middle of the field a few yards beyond the line of scrimmage to add a safe outlet for Brees.
2014 Week 11 vs CIN (23 / 67 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 30 / 0 rec)
Ingram continues to run hard, but there was very little room to operate against the Bengals in Week 11. While the Bengals have been gashed by the run in recent weeks, the Week 11 return of key run stoppers LB Rey Maualuga and DT Brandon Thompson made the unit look more like the top 5 run defense they have been in recent seasons. Ingram has had a lot of carries over the past month and is starting to show some signs of fatigue, as he didn't look quite as explosive as he had previously. Ingram had three opportunities to find pay dirt in the early 2nd quarter. He had a 2nd-and-goal carry from the 4 but found zero space and was thrown for a 2-yard-loss. The Bengals were called for unnecessary roughness for throwing body-slamming Ingram after the whistle, which set the Saints up with 1st-and-goal from the 2. After an incompletion, Ingram got two more cracks at pounding it in and he took it straight up the guy both times only to be stonewalled just shy of the end zone. The biggest positive for fantasy owners is that Ingram has seen his usage in the passing game increase every game and he led the Saints in receptions against the Bengals. Ingram has done a good job of making himself available as an outlet for Brees and with the effectiveness of the Bengals' pass rush and tight downfield coverage, Brees checked down to Ingram early and often.
2014 Week 12 vs BAL (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Ingram saw the field for only 25 of the Saints 73 offensive snaps (34%) which is sure to disappoint his owners in a major way. This was pretty much a worst-case scenario for Ingram owners with the return of Pierre Thomas to the lineup. While the snap counts look pretty grim, there is some reason for optimism going forward because the matchup was about as bad as possible for Ingram. The Ravens excel against the run, but due to secondary injuries, they have struggled mightily against the pass. Thus, there is some hope that going forward Ingram will potentially be able to get the opportunity to carry the ball more in future games. As has been the case in previous weeks, when Ingram was on the field, he saw the ball often. With 11 carries and 2 receptions, he got a touch on just over half of the plays he was on the field for. Ingram had some chances to get into the end zone. He had a carry on 1st-and-goal from the one, but there was nowhere to run and he lost a yard. He got another chance on the next play but fumbled just shy of the goalline. The play was originally ruled a fumble and recovery by the Ravens, but was reversed on review as Ingram was rule down by contact. Two plays later, the Ravens went for it on 4th down from the one and Ingram was stuffed trying to dive over the pile. The Ravens won the battle in the trenches though and Ingram never had any room to operate, getting hit and dropped close to the line of scrimmage on nearly every carry. The Brees pick six midway through the 3rd quarter did not help Ingram's cause at all either as it left the Saints playing from behind for nearly the entire second half. Ingram had another crack from inside the ten late in the first quarter, but was hit hard at the line and fumbled, though the Saints were able to recover. Ingram nearly scored again in the 2nd quarter. The Saints ran a play action to Ingram and then planned to hit him as he came out of the backfield but Haloti Ngata got a good hit on Ingram as he passed by going into his route and Ingram stumbled backwards. He was still able to make the catch but was pushed out of bounds at the two-yard line. Overall, it was a tough day for Ingram who found little space an had trouble holding onto the ball.
2014 Week 13 vs PIT (23 / 122 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
Ingram ran hard and was effective in keeping the Saints ahead of schedule with positive gains on 1st and 2nd down through most of the game. However, there was not a lot of room for Ingram to run and he rarely got to the 2nd level of the defense. Ingram did show a nice burst on a 4th quarter run in which he galloped for 31 yards. He broke through the line of scrimmage untouched and outran a Steelers LB down the left sideline for a big gain down to the 7-yard-line that setup a Marques Colston TD the next play. Unlike past weeks, Ingram had no carries near the goal line. The Saints hit on three longer touchdown throws and also passed for two touchdowns on 1st-and-goal from inside the five. Overall, it was a strong, workman-like performance for Ingram who at this point (with Thomas back in the lineup) is fairly touchdown dependent from a fantasy perspective. Ingram looks like a strong RB2 for the fantasy playoffs with a decent floor (he should get 15+ carries every game) and some upside if he is able to find the end zone.
2014 Week 14 vs CAR (10 / 43 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
The game script could not have been written more poorly for Ingram with the Saints falling behind 17-0 midway through the 1st quarter. Of course, Ingram had his hand in creating the deficit. He fumbled on the Saints 2nd offensive play. He caught the ball near the sideline and turned to head up field but had the ball punched out from behind. Aside from the fumble, Ingram played fairly well. The Saints stuck with him for a long time before shutting him down for the 4th quarter when the game was out of reach. Despite the poor production, there is a silver lining for Ingram owners as the Saints stuck with him almost exclusively over Thomas and Cadet despite trailing big early. With a better game script, expect Ingram to get back to putting up 100 yards rushing games.
2014 Week 15 vs CHI (17 / 59 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ingram's snaps were back down to early season levels as the Saints heavily rotated backs with both Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas back to full health and playing well. He was able to salvage an otherwise forgettable day with a garbage-time touchdown late in the 4th quarter. He took the handoff heading up the middle, but found no room to run. He remained patient and was able to cut outside and sprint towards the pylon for a 15-yard-stouchdown. Overall, Ingram looked okay his usage was a disappointment for fantasy owners with all three backs rotating heavily.
2014 Week 16 vs ATL (13 / 38 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Ingram had a quiet game against a Falcons run defense that has shown signs of improvement as the season has progressed. The Saints opened the game with a 99-yard-kick return by Jalen Saunders that set them up inches from the Falcons' end zone. On the very first offensive play of the game, Ingram got the carry and barreled straight forward into the end zone for the 1-yard-touchdown. That would be the only highlight of the day for Ingram whose longest run was only eight yards. His inability to string productive runs together left the team regularly trying to convert 3rd-and-5 or more and kept the offense from gaining any sort of rhythm. Ingram generally got the most out of his runs, regularly falling forward at the end, but did nothing to make anything happen, as he didn't really make anybody miss all game long.
2014 Week 17 vs TB (14 / 57 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
With Pierre Thomas out, Ingram and Khiry Robinson split the backfield duties fairly evenly with Ingram getting a slightly bigger piece of the pie. Ingram was mostly quiet on the day, but he did have a couple of impressive runs. He took a late 3rd quarter run for an 18-yard gain off of left tackle. He showed a nice burst to get the corner and powered through multiple tacklers to tack on a few extra yards at the end of the run. Ingram was able to score a TD on a little bit of a trick play on the goal line by the Saints. Ingram lined up in the I-Formation at FB with Robinson behind him at RB. Brees faked as if he was going to pitch it to Robinson on a sweep left, but instead pivoted to hand it to Ingram who plowed straight ahead for the 1-yard-touchdown. Overall, Ingram was the more effective runner and had a solid performance despite the Saints offensive line opening up few holes. Ingram is set to test free agency and this may have been his last game as a Saint.
2013 Week 1 vs ATL (9 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram had a dismal day running the ball. He tied Thomas for a team high nine carries, but managed only 11 yards. It should be pointed out that his long run on the day was for seven yards, meaning that the other eight carries only added four yards. His lack of vision was obvious and he had three carries that resulted in lost yardage. Coach Payton did trust Ingram enough to call his number in the second quarter, when the Saints faced a 4th down and one. Ingram ran into his blocker in the backfield on that play and lost a yard, turning the ball over to the Falcons. Ingram was not targeted on the day.
2013 Week 2 vs TB (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram didn't have much room to run and the saints line didn't do him any favors by opening no holes against the Bucs front. Ingram was given two goal line carries, but looked terrible with the ball in his hands. On second and goal from the one yard line, Ingram was stood up by S Dashon Goldson off a pitch left. Ingram showed no speed or power on the play and was driven backwards and fumbled the ball out of bounds. Two plays later, on fourth down, Ingram showed no ability to fight for yards as he was stuffed again just short of the goal line for a turnover on downs. The Bucs D-Line showed clear domination at the point of attack, driving the Saints backward even though they only had 10 defenders on the field on the fourth down goal line stop.
2013 Week 9 vs NYJ (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram was active for the first time in six weeks. He was not very effective and did not have a big role in the game plan. On one of his carries, Brees had to turn around to make the handoff as it looked like Ingram ran to the wrong side and the play gained only one yard. Two plays later, he had a huge hole and ran hard for a 13-yard gain. He also had one target on the game on a short route across the middle, but the pass fell incomplete.
2013 Week 10 vs DAL (14 / 145 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Ingram had a target on the initial drive as the Cowboys rush forced Brees to throw short, but Ingram dropped the pass. Ingram had three carries on the Saints third possession and ran hard on each one. He gained only 1 yard on the first and last carries, but fought hard for extra yards on both carries. His big play came on a cut-back that was blocked extremely well and he ran hard for a gain of 13 yards and a first down. He was so excited by the play that he spiked the ball and was called for delay of game. Ingram continued to run well to start the second half, running hard up the middle through big holes on consecutive plays gaining 14 and 34 yards for two first downs. The second run was one of the first this season that displayed some speed. Ingram again played a significant role on the next possession, the team's first scoring drive of the second half. His first run was an effective sweep that covered 15 yards and also had a face-mask penalty. He caught a screen pass on the next play for a gain of 6 yards. Ingram finished off the drive with a quick burst up the middle for a 4-yard TD run. Ingram finished the game strong, adding a reception for 9 yards and later carrying the ball three consecutive times in the Saints final scoring drive for 5 yards, 15 yards, and finally for 31 yards. He displayed burst and vision, but it should be pointed out that the Cowboys defense was thoroughly finished at that point.
2013 Week 11 vs SF (6 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram was targeted on the initial drive but did not make the reception. Ingram had a very nice run on the Saints first TD drive, running hard through a nice hole and showing good vision on his cut running for 15 yards and the drive's initial first down. Ingram lost a yard on his first carry of the second half, running directly into his blockers as the 49ers stuffed the play. Ingram was featured on consecutive plays early in the 3rd quarter, catching a short pass over the middle for a gain of 4 yards and then running hard up the middle breaking away from the tackler and adding a couple of yards leaning forward. Ingram had one carry on each of the Saints first two field goal drives of the 4th quarter, but gained only 2 yards on each of the runs. He did not have a touch on the game winning drive.
2013 Week 12 vs ATL (9 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ingram once again ran hard and demonstrated a little more quickness and agility than what football fans have seen from him since he entered the NFL. He was close to breaking runs past the first and second level on a consistent basis in this game. He showed determination both up the middle and at the edge of the defense for positive gains, including a play where the official called his progress stopped a little too early in the fourth quarter and assessed the Saints a five-yard loss that should have been a nice gain if the referee waited just a beat longer to call the play dead. At the same time, Ingram missed a hole off right guard to bounce this play outside and get into this situation. Ingram looks like a runner who is on the verge of making a consistent contribution when called upon, but it depends on the health of Darren Sproles and the way the game unfolds in New Orleans. The reason is that Ingram is best-suited for an I formation ground game or an offense where he can earn 15-20 touches.
2013 Week 13 vs SEA (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram was also running hard in the early going, but with little success, picking up 8 yards on his first three carries. Ingram ran out the clock with 3 straight carries for 6 yards.
2013 Week 14 vs CAR (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram had the first rush for the Saints on their second possession, but gained only a yard as the Panthers controlled the line of scrimmage. He had another carry in the first half and gained 4 yards and a first down. His best play in the first half came on a blitz pick-up as Brees was able to hit Ben Watson in stride for a 20-yard gain for a first down. Ingram had only three carries for the game.
2013 Week 15 vs STL (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram started the game, but did not get a carry until their third possession. He ran hard for a gain of 5 yards. Ingram caught a drop off from Brees on a play action pass where Ingram was obviously the second or third target, but made a nice move to the outside and gained 16 yards and a first down. Ingram later caught a screen pass on the Saints first TD drive and made several nifty moves to avoid defenders and then was able to drive through the tackle for a gain of 23 yards and a first down.
2013 Week 16 vs CAR (13 / 83 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram did not get a carry until the Saints third possession, but he was by far the most productive rusher on the day. His first run was the first play in the drive that led to the Saints first field goal. He ran hard and pushed the pile forward gaining 9 yards. He carried again on the next play and gained 5 yards and a first down. On the Saints third play of the possession after they recovered the onsides kick, Ingram had an impressive run where he broke outside away from the stacked defense and sprinted down the sideline. Near the end of the play, Ingram made another sharp cut back to the middle of the field and totaled 34 yards on the play and a first down in the red zone. Ingram continued to run hard in the second half gaining 13 yards and two carries on the initial drive in the 3rd quarter and also catching a rare pass for a gain of 7 yards. He had three more carries in the next two drives for 14 yards, but was injured on the last carry and left the game for a while. He returned late in the game as the Saints were attempting to run the clock, but had little to no success, gaining only four more yards on four carries.
2013 Week 17 vs TB (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Ingram was cycled into the lineup only a few times on Sunday against the Buccaneers. To start the 2nd quarter, Ingram broke a 15 yard run off right tackle, breaking tackles along the way for his biggest gain of the day. Ingram totaled four touches, three carries and one pass target. Overall, Ingram didn't see the field a lot, but was fairly effective when he did see time.
2013 Week 18 vs PHI (18 / 97 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram carried the load in the running game and ran very well scoring the only rushing TD of the game for the Saints. He opened the game with a 17 yard gain as he broke to the outside and showed some speed. He ran physical on every carry and only occasionally showed hesitation hitting the hole. Ingram was also used in the passing game a little more with Pierre Thomas out and caught three passes on four targets for 17 yards, all in the first half. He had his most production in the Saints TD drive midway through the 3rd quarter. On that drive, he had five carries and gained 26 yards, including the last 4 yards on his TD run. All told, he rushed for six first downs and converted another first down on a reception. He did slow down in the 4th quarter carrying three times for only 6 yards and his only lost yardage play of the game.
2013 Week 19 vs SEA (10 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram made several good runs and actually averaged more per carry (4.9 ypc) than Robinson, but had a couple of critical errors in the game. On the Saints first possession, he dropped a screen pass that could have converted a first down, instead causing the Saints to open the game with a three and out. On their next drive, he had his best production of the game. His first carry went for 8 yards and he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage to pick up that yardage. The next play the offensive line blocked well and Ingram made a solid cut, gaining 10 yards and a first down. A few plays later, the line again blocked well and Ingram made the edge showing quickness for a gain of 12 yards and another first down. His worst play of the game happened on the Saints third possession. On his second straight carry, he was hit hard at the line of scrimmage and fumbled the ball, with the Seahawks recovering. Shortly thereafter, the Seahawks scored and gained a 13-0 advantage. Ingram did not have another touch in the first half. He was much less productive in the second half, occasionally dancing some before hitting the hole, particularly on a 1st and goal situation where he lost a yard. He had only five carries in the second half, gaining 15 yards. He was able to convert the Saints two point attempt after their first TD to close the deficit to only eight points.
2012 Week 1 vs WAS (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The former Heisman Trophy winner failed to impress in his season debut against a solid Redskins run defense. Carrying six times for fifteen yards, Ingram looked ordinary and sometimes overwhelmed. While he seemed healthy and ran head-on into contact, he failed to gain much ground, only once running for a New Orleans first down. Given that the Saints trailed for most of the game, Ingram did not see much of the field, ceding passing downs to Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.
2012 Week 2 vs CAR (16 / 53 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram, the third part of this potent backfield, looked very good on Sunday on his limited touches. Like with Pierre Thomas, Ingram was able to pound the ball between the tackles and pick up yards after contact against the Panthers. Ingram looked like his old bullish self, unwilling to give an inch and always finishing runs with a low pad level and with strength and power. Ingram scored a touchdown on a goal line carry late in the game and it is encouraging for his future value that the Saints seem more intent on having a balanced offense.
2012 Week 3 vs KC (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ingram, like Thomas was stuffed on his running attempts and showed poor vision when there was a small hole. The Saints had no chance to use the power running game and so Ingram's playing time was severely limited.
2012 Week 4 vs GB (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram arguably looked the worst of the Saints running back trio today. His 5 carry, 11 yard, 1 catch, -1 receiving yard performance tells one story, but the guy simply didn't get more than what was blocked for him. On all of his runs, he simply ran into a bunch of big bodies and fell down. I don't recall him trying to create more, elude, or anything. At this point, he's not even a flex player, and is entirely dependent on goal line touchdowns, which isn't something you want on a weekly consistency basis. Ugly day for Ingram in my mind.
2012 Week 5 vs SD (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Chargers front seven was swallowing the Saints' offensive line and taking away running lanes. Ingram was sprinkled through the offensive gameplan sporadically, but showed some power between the tackles. His first contribution was to react well to a Drew Brees' fumble and turn a potential massive loss into a short gain. Outside of that burst to the outside in the open field, Ingram had to fight for every single yard that he gained.
2012 Week 7 vs TB (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram looks more out of place than a priest at the playboy mansion. Ingram simply doesn't fit in this offense and isn't receiving enough goalline carries to be considered a valuable commodity in fantasy football. On multiple occasions he ran into his own blockers or was hesitant waiting for plays to develop that wouldn't. On the one play when he made a quick decision, ran hard and burst forward, he gained 10 yards. Ingram could be a good back in the right situation, but that situation won't be in New Orleans.
2012 Week 8 vs DEN (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ingram's first carry came early in the game when he bounced outside and showed good acceleration to gain five yards. Ingram was running better this week after looking uncomfortable against the Buccaneers last week. His second carry only went for three yards, but Ingram ran hard and hit the hole as soon as he was given the ball. Ingram was even less involved than Thomas once the Saints fell behind.
2012 Week 9 vs PHI (7 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram's final stat line closely mirrors Pierre Thomas's. However, Ingram's strength is running in-between the tackles where he can punish second level defenders. During his team's second drive, Ingram ran an inside zone play up the middle for 23 yards. Ingram cut back to the right, ran over Nnamdi Asomougha, accelerated into the second level and carried Philadelphia defenders for an additional ten yards. On pure effort alone, this run was the most impressive of all New Orleans running backs. During his team's third drive, Ingram ran a sweep play to the right and once again ran over Asomougha for a seven-yard gain. While Ingram's runs were impressive, the Saints showed trust in Ingram by deploying him in the passing game. During his team's sixth drive, Ingram caught two check down passes for gains of 6 and 17 yards. During the 17-yard reception, Ingram caught the pass, bounced off of the linebacker and ran into the second level. The 'competition' for touches clearly motivated Ingram and he delivered.
2012 Week 10 vs ATL (16 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The former Heisman winner and 2011 first-round pick for the Saints has been a no-show in 2012 so far, barely scratching the box score in the Saints' first eight games. Ingram did not break out in a big way against the Falcons, but he did take on the bell cow role for the New Orleans backfield hydra with encouraging results. Carrying the ball sixteen times for sixty-seven yards, Ingram ran angry over the Atlanta front seven all afternoon. Granted, over four yards per carry is no eye-popping statistic, but Ingram made creases out of nothing and dragged multiple defenders along on nearly every run. His best run - while only for eight yards - was a brutal cutback scamper that ended up negated by an unnecessary roughness penalty on the Saints. On each touch, Ingram exhibited tremendous lower leg drive and a willingness to pound the ball up the gut of the Falcons' defense. Supposedly fully recovered from an offseason surgical procedure on his knee, Ingram appears to be a fixture in the Saints' backfield rotation.
2012 Week 11 vs OAK (12 / 67 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Maybe it was just the Raiders, but maybe it wasn't. Mark Ingram looked spectacular on Sunday, running with power, speed and a shiftiness he hasn't really shown since leaving Alabama two years ago. Ingram's first run really set the tone for the rushing attack, a brutal 16-yard run up the middle. Met in the backfield by Tommy Kelly, Ingram was able to slip the tackle before exploding up field breaking one arm tackle along the way. Giordano stepped up, trying to deliver a blow, but realizing his mistake rather quickly as Ingram destroyed the attempt leaving Giordano wrapped around his waist dragging behind like young child trying to tackle a teenager at the local schoolyard. Thankfully for Giordano help came in the form Mike Mitchell, who wrangled the marauding Ingram down at midfield. Ingram showed some nice hesitation later, waiting patiently for his blocks to develop before striking the middle again for nine yards. Not as impressive as his first run, Ingram's longest run (and lone TD) came on the first play out of halftime. After a nice KO return, Ingram took the initial carry and bounced the run outside, skirting an attempted tackle in the hole from Michael Huff before getting the edge. Turning on the jets (Ingram is clearly finally healthy), Ingram worked Giordano again, whose angle was poor as he was surprised at the burst Ingram had with the RB ultimately outrunning Giordano for the 27-yard TD. Ingram taunted Giordano as he ran in to the end zone, nearly setting off a scrap before hitting the sideline and getting a stern talking to from Colston for his antics. The RB most hoped to see when the Saints gave up a lions share for in the 2011 draft, Ingram finally looked the part on Sunday.
2012 Week 12 vs SF (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ingram received the bulk of his carries on alternating drives from Ivory, but ran with much less power and speed as Ivory. New Orleans designed most of their runs straight up the middle, so Ingram repeatedly ran in to a pile of tacklers and was unable to generate much power. There were runs where Ingram was able to meet early contact and create some push for a positive gain, such as a 3rd quarter run where he met the tackler and got turned around. Ingram kept his legs moving to push forward for a good gain, but more often than not Ingram ran straight in to a pile of tacklers for minimal gains.
2012 Week 13 vs ATL (6 / 13 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Ingram's first carry went for just six yards, but he did well to break a tackle with hard running when he should have been stopped for three. The Saints went straight back to Ingram, when he was met after three yards again but couldn't break the tackle this time. Ingram's next carry came a few drives later when he was stood up at the line and only gained a yard between the tackles. Ingram gained another two yards up the middle on his next carry as the blocking wasn't giving him anything to work with. The Saints were sticking with Ingram, but once again he got little help from his offensive line up the middle. Having consistently run for minimal gains between the tackles because of his offensive line, at the goalline Ingram decided just to jump on top of his teammates to get into the endzone from inches away. In an unusual situation, Ingram was thrown a screen in the flat with one blocker out infront. A little out of his element, Ingram stumbled to the ground as soon as he caught the ball for a three yard loss.
2012 Week 14 vs NYG (13 / 68 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram was used primarily as a hammer for the Saints. He got a lot of carries on simple rushing plays up the middle and was successful at pushing back NYG defenders using his power. The Saints rotated their RB's very often depending on the situation and Ingram was taken out in obvious passing situations as they have more suited RB's for that scenario. Ingram is a compact RB that runs with leverage and momentum, ideally suited to grinding out tough yards on the ground. Ingram had success up the middle, being patient and taking whatever yards were available on the play. Ingram is ideal to be a goal line back also but the Saints had very few chances on the goal line on Sunday against the NYG as they turned the ball over frequently and kicked too many field goals.
2012 Week 15 vs TB (14 / 90 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Unlike Brees, Ingram's matchup was much tougher on Sunday, but the results weren't much different. Averaging 6.4 yards a carry, Ingram dominated the carries and showed the power and speed Saints' fans and fantasy owners alike have been waiting nearly two years for. Ingram didn't get his first carry until the Saints' 3rd drive and despite it only going for four yards, looked surprisingly shifty for a power back. Ingram was hit just as he took the handoff, but spun out of the contact and turned the-should-have-been loss into a nice gain. Ingram opened the 2nd half with his longest play of the game, a 33-yard run exhibiting deceptive speed. A subtle cut in the backfield, Ingram found the edge without getting touched before turning on the jets. Ingram's next big run combined both power and speed, as he used the former in order release the latter. Like snow falling off a warm car, Tampa tacklers sloughed off Ingram as he took his carry through the first wave of attempted tackles at the line of scrimmage. Able to use his power to get the edge, Ingram again exhibited a shocking burst once he hit the edge, picking up 26 yards on the run. As the Tampa defense wore down, Ingram only got stronger, easily scoring from 11 yards out for the Saints' final TD. Running up the middle, Ingram looked like a semi powering through papier-mâché as the attempted tacklers didn't bother (assuming he even felt them) the RB in the least on his way to the end zone. Clearly stuck in a crowded backfield and receiving a plethora of carries to kill the clock, it is hard to ignore how good Ingram looked with his touches. Power, speed and most importantly health, there is much to look forward to in Ingram's future.
2012 Week 16 vs DAL (21 / 53 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram operated as the lead back in the running game, but found it fairly tough to run against the Cowboys front seven. Ingram only had 2.5 yards per carry, but continually pounded away on the majority of runs. His 7 yard touchdown was a display of great vision and patience, as he scampered through a very small hole up the middle of his offensive line for the score. Ingram also broke a few tackles here and there to gain extra yardage on several runs. However, there were two runs on 2nd and 1 and 3rd and 1 which he was unable to convert a first down later on in the game which swung momentum a bit. The blame wasn't all on him for this, as the offensive line was pushed back on both occasions. As with most weeks, Ingram was a limited contributor in the passing game with just 1 target on the day.
2012 Week 17 vs CAR (10 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram's recent momentum was slowed in this game, as the Panthers made a statement early on by stuffing some rushing attempts. Ingram's best carry came on a 15-yard dash between the tackles; at least eight of the yards he gained on the play came after the first hit, as he displayed his bullish strength and power.
2011 Week 1 vs GB (13 / 40 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As part of the Saints new three-headed backfield, Mark Ingram provided the punch in this game, running between the tackles and lowering his pads for tough yardage inside. Ingram kept his legs pumping through contact and showed some of the vision that made him a Heisman trophy winner and a first round draft pick. At times his play lacked a 'feel' for where the hole would develop on running plays and as a result he missed a couple of cutback lanes. Despite this, he showed good burst out of his cuts on the few carries he got. The coaching staff also kept him in to block on several third down plays, showing the trust level increasing.
2011 Week 2 vs CHI (14 / 51 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He did a couple things that won't show up in the stat column but be aware they helped the rest of the offense and surely the coaches will see it too leading to more playing time for the rookie. On the 1st snap of the 2nd drive Brees faked a hand off to the left side and Ingram helped his LT out by chip blocking Julius Peppers to ensure Drew Brees had more time to throw the football. Ingram seems like he is making progress in pass protection which is going to help him stay on the field. He did fail though on some short yardage plays including a critical 3rd and 1 in the 2nd Q where he took a shovel from Brees and went left where he was taken out by the Bears DB of all folks. Ingram was more effective later in the game once New Orleans had a lead. Maybe his best run was a 3rd and short in the 4th Q where he followed the block of Olin Kreutz and then busted a couple tackles en route to a nice 15 yard gain. Each week will get a little easier as he understands the play book better. So far he is pretty nonexistent in the passing game.
2011 Week 3 vs HOU (9 / 38 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / -3 / 0 rec)
Ingram was not much of a factor in the game until late in the fourth quarter when he got a red zone carry for a touchdown, and then was used to try to run out the clock after the Texans turned it over on downs . Ingram also bulldozed his way to a first down on a key third and short. Both of his receptions were screen passes.
2011 Week 4 vs JAX (17 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
- Mark Ingram got a lot of work on the ground in this offense but his production did not match the level you might expect with 17 carries. He showed his power and determination as he was given the ball up the middle time and time again but rarely was able to make it much past the line of scrimmage. Ingram has to share the ball with two other RB's in this offense that likes to pass as much as they do, his value is hopefully getting a lot of goal line carries.
2011 Week 5 vs CAR (9 / 32 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram continues to be shuffled in and out of the backfield in New Orleans, but he is consistently productive on the touches he gets. Ingram ran tough between the tackles, always leaning forward into contact and pushing the pile for an extra yard or two. Ingram's value was salvaged with a 1-yd rushing touchdown, but overall it is difficult to trust him considering how frequent the Saints' backfield change-up happens.
2011 Week 6 vs TB (9 / 22 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
He was involved on the 1st drive of the football game but once the Saints fell behind in the 2nd quarter he was mostly an afterthought for the rest of the game outside of his redzone touchdown to help cut the lead to 23-20 in the beginning of the 4th quarter. Ingram ran through a huge hole that was set up by the right side of the line as they sealed everything off and then he made a cut to blow it right into the end zone. Ingram only seems to get a lot of touches when the Saints are ahead and they were not in this game. The blocking outside of his touchdown run was pretty inadequate for the most part.
2011 Week 7 vs IND (14 / 91 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
If there was a game for Ingram to make his mark, this was it. The game script heavily favored the powerful, talented rookie. However, despite his solid yard-per-carry average, Ingram was underutilized in the red zone, with the pass game accounting for 5 of the TDs (from 14, 6, 4, 4, and 2 yards out) and Jed Collins getting the 1-yard plunge from the fullback spot with Ingram dotting the i in the backfield. Ingram was used sparingly in the passing game, but had a very respectable game and ran hard and with vision and elusiveness. With the Saints exploding as they did offensively, the circumstances set up for him to have a monster game, but Brees was having too much fun toying with the Indianapolis secondary. To make matters worse, Ingram left the game in the 4th quarter with a bruised heel which occurred on his biggest play of the game--a 20-yard run which set up a Sproles 16-yard TD. Ingram's status should be monitored closely this week.
2011 Week 10 vs ATL (8 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram, like RB teammates Sproles/Thomas, was able to establish nothing on the ground and gave fantasy owners very little production. Ingram got most of his carries towards the end of the game as the Saints were trying simply to set up the best possible FG position they could. No Saints RB was given a decent workload as the Saints found great success throwing the football down the field and got a lot of explosive plays this way which made HC Payton want to call running play a lot less.
2011 Week 12 vs NYG (13 / 80 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Mark Ingram had a solid but unspectacular game until late in the fourth quarter. The Giant defense displayed woeful pursuit and gap responsibility as Ingram ran left and there was simply no one present on the defense to make the tackle on his long touchdown run. Apart from this, Ingram was used in the typical hammer role as he plunged between the tackles often and this gave the Saints a good push inside with good down distances to go. Ingram was also able to haul in some passes from Brees but mostly as checkdowns when he got pressured. Not a lot was seen of Ingram outside of simple dive plays but he made a poor defense pay on his touchdown run and pushed the pile well on his runs up the middle. Ingram will have a tough time getting production in a pass heavy offense that employs 3 running backs but is probably the best goal line back they have and will continue to shine if given generous red zone opportunities.
2011 Week 13 vs DET (16 / 54 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ingram opened the game with a nifty run up the middle, darting through an opening, juking two defenders and getting a first down. He quickly made another nice move on a subsequent run but it got called back for holding. Then Ingram got on the scoreboard with a 14 yard run on the right side. Ingram was headed up the middle, changed directions and outran the db's to the right pylon. I've had a suspicion for awhile that Ingram seems to be the running back most often used on obvious running plays, and that certainly seemed the case in this one. When he's in the game, he usually gets the ball, and on many of his carries he seems to get hit very quickly, which accounts for why many of his carries don't seem to go anywhere. When he has openings he always seems to make something happen, but those openings seem rare. At some point in the future, the superstar light will go on for Ingram, but obviously that won't be this year, as the Saints are committed to the pass. It is worth noting however, that Ingram has been getting much more of the carries in recent weeks. He garnered 16 carries to only 6 for the other two. As playoffs approach, Ingram could be a sneaky play, as he's getting most of the touches now.