New Orleans Saints Running Back Controversy: Mark Ingram (Part 3 of 5)

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Saints RB Mark Ingram (Source: nflsoup.com)

I am talking about what every Saints fan is talking about…Who will be in our 2011 New Orleans Saints backfield. In Part 1, I talked about a big fan favorite Pierre Thomas. In Part 2, I talked about hard running second year back Chris Ivory. In this article, I will talk about the Saints 2011 1st round draft pick Mark Ingram.

Ingram is from the University of Alabama and was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 28th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Saints thought enough of Ingram to trade their 2011 2nd round pick, and their 2012 1st round pick, to the New England Patriots in order to be able to move up and pick Ingram.

In 2008, Ingram was a true freshman who saw significant playing time at Alabama. As the backup to starter Glen Coffee, Ingram rushed for 728 yards on 143 carries for a very impressive 5.1 yard per carry average. Ingram also scored a team high 12 touchdowns.

In 2009, Ingram became Alabama’s starting running back and helped lead the team to a National Championship. He rushed for 1658 yards on 271 carries for a 6.1 yard per carry average and 17 rushing touchdowns.

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  • dathrone

    I was and still am disappointed with this pick. We have a already crowded back field and move up to draft another. Ingram gives us exactly with Pierre gives us which we just re-signed. We should have saved the money to re-sign Lance Moore. Not go out and get a guy who may not even be better than what we have already.

    • Gene Higginbotham

      Dathrone like Bruce I see where you’re coming from. I was in shock myself when the Saints traded back into the first round to get Ingram. As Bruce said though, it seems you can never have enough running backs and it will bring out the best in that group come training camp.

      I really think they will retain Lance Moore since he has shown consistent play the last few seasons. He is in a similar situation that Pierre Thomas was in recently. Plus, Drew Brees really likes Lance and his opinions do carry some weight.

      Thanks again for reading WDD. Who Dat!!

  • Bruce

    Dathrone…I totally understand your position on this, but I think we learned last year that injuries at the running back position can completely derail a superior superbowl contender. Running back by committee seems the best option in the NFL today. And possibly bring out the competitiveness out in all the running backs. And if it doesn’t help our beloved Saints the way I think it will, I will be the first to say I was wrong….
    I am proud to be a fan like you Dathrone and appreciate you sharing your comments…I also am hoping that the Saints are able to retain Lance Moore…WHO DAT!!