New Orleans Saints Player Spotlight: running back Mark Ingram

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December 4, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) carries the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

At last years draft when the New Orleans Saints traded picks with the New England Patriots to grab running back Mark Ingram in the first round, there were mixed emotions.

I knew it would be the end of Reggie Bush, and unlike many Saints fans, I viewed Reggie as a vital component to the offense. Not only was he one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the league to watch, but he was also the league’s greatest decoy.

No defense could sleep on Reggie when he was on the field, that would be unwise.  But it was me being unwise in thinking head coach Sean Payton didn’t have a backup plan.

And when  injuries got the best of him, the Saints didn’t see him being worthy of the 12 or so million he would’ve received in 2011.

So out with the old and in with Mark Ingram. Heisman trophy winner and NCAA champion with Alabama, Ingram rushed for over 3200 yards and 42 touchdowns during his 3-year college career.

Then the Saints picked up running back Darren Sproles in free agency,  and losing Reggie was becoming an after thought.

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