Running back Mark Ingram carried the ball six times for 23 yards, highlighted by a 14-yard score.
The rookie first round pick will surely make the starting rotation, along with starter’s Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory, then Payton will throw in running back Darren Sproles for some speed and change of pace in a similar role to what Reggie Bush has in the offense.
Not to be forgotten in the running back mix is Chris Taylor and Joique Bell who are fighting more for a role on the practice squad if anything else.
Now that the Saints have released fullback Heath Evans Korey Hall and Jed Collins will be battling it out for the right to plow holes in opponents defensive lines for the Saints running backs.
The main group of starters are set, but things can change quickly, evident by Monday’s release of right tackle Jon Stinchcomb, who wil be replaced with a younger player in Zach Strief. Charles Brown will aslo get a shot at earing the starting right tackle spot.
Coach Payton was quoted as saying it was one of the toughest decisions he has ever had to make, similar to the decision he made in releasing long time standout running back Deuce McAllister.
Following the first week of preseason football games and training camp, there have been a lot of players who are trying to make coach Payton and his coaches take notice, the decisions to release some of these players will be very difficult.
Who knows, with the Saints being $2.688 million under the cap maybe they will now think about re-signing free agent safety Darren Sharper before New England scoops him up.
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