Organized Team Activities are beginning for many teams around the NFL and the Saints are no exception. One thing to keep a close eye on is this group of running backs who will begin to make their bid for the number one spot on the depth chart.
Developing a tough running game is an important part of an NFL offense because it can wear defenses down. Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Khiry Robinson are three guys that not only can run the ball but execute the necessary protections in the passing game as well.
Mark Ingram needs to prove that he can be the power back for the Saints. The last couple of seasons have been marred with lackluster production and injuries. The Saints say that they didn’t pick up his fifth-year option for “financial reasons”. Some interpreted that as “not worth the money”. This is a make or break year for him.
The starting position is Pierre Thomas’ to lose at this point. The 29 year-old is a proven running back in this league, has the trust of Drew Brees in both protection and his patience running screen plays. He is certainly effective and productive in the Saints running attack.
Khiry Robinson is the young upstart who got Who Dat Nation’s attention in his valiant effort against a tough Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks defense. He has picked up the passing protections (head coach Sean Payton admitted that he struggled with those last year) and has gained a lot of confidence from his production last year. He is in a great position to pass Ingram on the depth chart if he performs well through OTA’s and training camp.