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New Orleans Saints Running Back Controversy: What should the Saints do? (Part 5 of 5)

By Editorial Staff
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My previous four articles I have talked about the very talented, but crowded backfield of the New Orleans Saints. More specifically the top 4 running backs on the Saints roster as we are on the brink of the end of the lockout.

Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram, and Reggie Bush are the biggest part of this controversy. I have tried to look at everything each of these players have to offer our beloved Saints.

Pierre Thomas has shown the type of player he is in our run towards the Superbowl in 2009, but he was injured most of 2010. However, the Saints showed him how important he is to the organization with a new contract to keep him here in New Orleans. In my opinion, Pierre is a definite keeper.

Chris Ivory came in at a time this past year and ran hard for the Saints until he was injured. The biggest question in my mind is if he can be a consistent contributor to the Saints offense.

With this question still remaining to be answered, he is definitely a player with a lot of promise that comes at what I consider to be a very reasonable salary. Until he can show that he isn’t just a flash in the pan, he will be considered a bargain to the Saints.

Mark Ingram is a rookie with a huge amount of potential. Let’s face it though, until a player shows he can play at the NFL level and contribute on a weekly basis he is just as unproven as an undrafted free agent. Although I believe Mark will bring an extra special quality to the Saints offense in 2011.

Reggie Bush seems to be the biggest question in everybody’s mind right now. Although Reggie hasn’t had the amazing numbers that everybody believed he would have, it would be completely untrue to say he didn’t make a huge contribution every time he was involved in a play.

Reggie adds the “Wow” factor when he is in the game. Defenses change their schemes when he is on the field. Special teams change their game plan when he back to return balls.