Saints’ Mark Ingram Wants to Do Everything This Season
Up to this point, New Orleans Saints running back, Mark Ingram hasn’t had much involvement in the passing game. He wants his role to change however, stating that he wants to do everything this season.
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— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) August 19, 2014
Ingram had the opportunity to catch his first pass in his last preseason game against the Titans. For a running back entering into his fourth season in the NFL, that is quite the oddity. Apparently enjoying being involved in the passing game, Ingram had this comments share with ESPN.com’s Mike Triplett (via NFL.com).
I haven’t caught a lot of passes in the NFL. But in high school I played receiver. If you look at my recruiting thing it says, ‘Athlete’. And in college, I caught a lot of passes. I haven’t done it a lot here. But I’ve always been confident in my ability to contribute out of the backfield, running routes. Line up out wide running routes. I’m comfortable doing all of that.
Entering into his final contract year, it would be expected that Ingram wants to step things up, as his has looked quite impressive in his first two games of the preseason. While the team likely plans to play Pierre Thomas in third downs and in the backfield, it sounds like Ingram would like a piece of backfield action as well.
Further promoting his case, Ingram commented..
I want to do everything. I want to be involved in the pass game, run game, picking up pass pro. I want to be the most versatile player I can be. I know I’m an all-purpose back, a complete back, I can do everything.
If Ingram keeps racking up the yardage and catches another pass or two as the preseason finishes up, he’ll be sure to earn more play time out in the Saints backfield come the regular season.
As far as Ingram’s fantasy value goes, I’d draft him as a flex with RB2 upside. With Khiry Robinson developing, and Thomas still very much in the picture, any Saints’ running back carries a bit of fantasy risk.