Mark Ingram has had quite the strange season for the New Orleans Saints.
Thus far, Ingram has 252 yards and a touchdown in six games. He went off against the Dallas Cowboys recently, but he struggled in a big way against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett has the details of Ingram’s iffy performance:
Running back Mark Ingram had one outstanding play, when he gained 10 yards after side-stepping penetration in the backfield. And he had some other decent gains, finishing with 32 yards on nine carries. But there were at least two examples where he gained zero yards after choosing not to follow Collins into potential holes. Ingram has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, but his consistency is still a work in progress.
For those asking whether he got jobbed by an early whistle on a zero-yard gain in the fourth quarter, it was hard to tell. His forward progress had been stopped for about 2 seconds, and the whistle blew just as he was shedding a tackle. But the Falcons’ defenders also stopped when they heard the whistle, so it’s possible he would have been wrapped up soon after.
We have seen the best and worst from Ingram so far this year. He’s not taking the starting job from Pierre Th0mas any time soon, but his positive contributions will give the Saints a major boost.
We’ll see how the next few weeks treat Ingram, but the Saints need him to step up and not be so hit-or-miss.
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