We brought you news from New Orleans Saints training camp recently that many, including head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis have high expectations for running back Mark Ingram headed into the 2013 season.
Ingram has even higher expectations of himself.
After a couple of disappointing seasons, Ingram says he is focused on 2013 and considers himself an every-down back in New Orleans per Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com:
“Not frustrating,” he said. “Every time I go out there, I put my best effort on the line and do whatever I can to help the team win.”
“We’ve been talking about having a more expansive role this year and I’m excited about that and just ready to prove myself,” Ingram said.
“It’s not about living up to what other people expect you to do,” he said. “It’s about being a great teammate, improving every day, being the best football player you can be.
“And of course I have high expectations of myself as far as individual things go, but the number one thing is to come out here and show that I can do anything asked of me every time I step foot on that field.”
We’re inclined to agree with Ingram. It’s not fair to throw him into a certain category such as “power runner” simply because that is how the team has used him in the past. That’s more of what happens when a team drafts well and has a four-deep committee approach.
Ingram is set to have an expanded role next season. Provided he can stay healthy, there’s no reason to think he cannot have a breakout year. He’s already protected by the high-flying aerial attack and has shown on more than one occasion he has what it takes to get things done on the ground.
The sky is the limit for Ingram in 2013.
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