Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 3. Luke McCown will get the start in a bad matchup against the Panthers. The Carolina defense is the biggest beneficiary of this news, as the entire Saints offense is likely to take a step back without Brees under center. Even Mark Ingram is looking like a dicey play now that the Panthers can load up and stop the run.
Doubters remain, of course, because the NFL is a game-to-game, quarter-to-quarter, play-to-play audition. It only takes one false note for the chorus to gain members and volume.
But New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram muted a good portion of them with the way he ran last season, when he totaled 964 yards and nine touchdowns on 226 carries and became the first New Orleans running back to play in the Pro Bowl since Deuce McAllister in 2003.
And in Sunday’s season-opening 31-19 loss to the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., he at least gave pause to a few more that might’ve believed he was being a tad ambitious when he said he had the ability to be an every-down back, that he equally could be a factor as a receiver.
A career-high eight catches for a career-high 98 yards against Arizona suggests he may have a point.
Granted, every week won’t so prosperous. When C.J. Spiller returns from injury, and with continued steady play from Khiry Robinson (who also had career highs with five catches for 51 yards against the Cardinals), Ingram’s touches in the passing game could reduce.
Ingram stated even last season he had the ability to catch passes but sat behind Pierre Thomas and Travaris Cadet in that role. After the team signed C.J. Spiller, it looked like Ingram would again not get his chance. But Spiller couldn't go Week 1 and Ingram got the job done. With Spiller struggling to stay healthy in his career, it's a nice bonus for Ingram owners to know pass catching is officially on his resume.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Saints RB Tim Hightower (knee, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 1. Hightower can help in the passing game with C.J. Spiller sidelined, but we’re expecting most of Spiller’s catches to go to Mark Ingram and a few of Ingram’s carries to go to Khiry Robinson.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 1. Per Ian Rapoport, Spiller should be back Week 2. If Spiller is indeed out, look for Mark Ingram to take a larger role in the passing game with Khiry Robinson picking up some of Ingram’s carries. The matchup against Arizona isn’t good.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm
Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Per Ian Rapoport, Spiller is out for Week 1, but should be back Week 2. If Spiller is indeed out, look for Mark Ingram to take a larger role in the passing game with Khiry Robinson picking up some of Ingram’s carries. The matchup against Arizona isn’t good.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm
Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Per Ian Rapoport, Spiller is out for Week 1, but should be back Week 2. If Spiller is indeed out, look for Mark Ingram to take a larger role in the passing game with Khiry Robinson picking up some of Ingram’s carries. The matchup against Arizona isn’t good.
Saints beat writer Andrew Lopez :
How much Mark Ingram's role expands will depend on the health of C.J. Spiller, who is dealing with a knee injury but expected to be ready for Week 1 at Arizona, and how much the Saints utilize Khiry Robinson and rookie seventh-rounder Marcus Murphy.
It's not clear if Lopez has updated information or if he's going off the earlier report that Spiller was expected back Week 1. There was another "sourced" report from ESPN radio in New Orleans which said that Spiller would miss the first two games, but it never got any traction. We won't have a good idea of Spiller's potential availability until the team starts practicing next week for its game against the Cardinals. Typically, a knee scope takes 3-4 weeks of recovery so the original timetable makes the most sense.
Mark Ingram on Saturday showed he can play a big part in the New Orleans Saints' passing game. The fifth-year NFL running back caught the first two pass attempts from Drew Brees and gained 11 yards on the first play, and 29 on the next.
The 25-year-old Ingram said Sunday he always had the hands and route-running ability but "I really wasn't asked to do it much early in my career, when we had (Darren) Sproles, Pierre (Thomas)."
With running back C.J. Spiller reportedly having undergone arthroscopic knee surgery to keep him out of practice, Ingram has received more chances to catch passes. Ingram in 2014 set career highs in rushing and receiving marks, with 226 carries for 964 yards and nine touchdowns, and 29 catches for 145 yards, the story said. The Saints won't be able to throw to Spiller every time he's on the field, so changing things up will be key to the Saints passing success. With Ingram a threat to catch passes, it will only keep defenses on their toes and it could be a nice bonus for fantasy owners.
Monday, August 10, 2015, 5:33pm
The Saints announced their first depth chart:
There weren't a lot of surprises according to the author, except that some of the team's younger WRs were listed ahead of veterans. But it's been pretty clear the team is going with a youth movement at the position, so Brandon Coleman, who could end up as the team's WR3, and Seantavius Jones were ahead of guys like Joseph Morgan and Josh Morgan.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 2:16pm
Mark Ingram is the leading runner, with a good chance at 1,000 yards, while C.J. Spiller could catch 60-plus passes for the first time in his career and gain more than 1,000 combined rushing and receiving yards.
Khiry Robinson's touches will likely be limited. But as he proved last season when Ingram suffered a hand injury, he's more than capable of stepping up when needed.
Our projections for the Saints backs are pretty much right on par with what writer Mike Triplett believes. We have Ingram just under 1,000 yards and Spiller among the leaders in receptions and collecting a total of just under 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. Spiller, of course, will have his value in PPR leagues with a Darren Sproles-like role it appears. Ingram should get the early down work and proved to be able to carry the load last season.
Monday, July 6, 2015, 9:29am
A year ago around this time, Khiry Robinson was a candidate to make the leap in the New Orleans Saints' backfield. Now the 25-year-old power back is buried behind Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller. While he appears to be the odd man out of the rotation, Robinson insists he's ready to make any contribution coach Sean Payton asks.
"I'm the type of person, I'm gonna get what I get and do what I do with it. So whether it's 20 carries or one carry, I'm gonna do the best of my ability every play," he told ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.
The third-year runner added that he's back to "100 percent" after an arm injury kept him off the field for seven games in 2014, the story said. The Saints are expected to use more of a ground attack so Robinson could see some work, but Ingram is expected to get a bulk of the carries with Spiller a pass-catcher.
He may not see the same type of usage on the ground, but he is going to fill a role that is very similar to the one that Darren Sproles had during his tenure with the Saints. As Robert Cobb of TheInscriberMag.com stated, Spiller’s ability to be a receiver out of the backfield is going to be a major help for the Saints’ offense.
New Orleans head coach Sean Payton loved what Sproles brought to the field, and it was obvious that they missed him last season after trading him. Signing a player like Spiller shows exactly how much the Saints wanted to bring back a player who is similar to Sproles.
Unfortunately, Spiller has struggled with quite a few injury issues throughout his career. He has only played an entire season as a workhorse in one of his five NFL seasons, and he was an absolute star in that season, the story said. Other than that, Spiller has been inconsistent at best or simply wasn’t used much. Spiller should help to fill a void left by TE Jimmy Graham, so Spiller's value should come in PPR leagues as Mark Ingram is expected to get a bulk of the carries. We forecast Spiller for 68 catches, the most among RBs.
Saints beat writer Mike Triplett on the fantasy value of the team's running backs:
It's pretty close between C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram. I'm really excited to see what Spiller will do in this offense as both a runner and receiver - mostly because you can tell that Sean Payton is really excited about the possibilities when he talks about Spiller. I think Spiller and Ingram will be very close in total yards from scrimmage - right around 1,000 yards each, with Ingram gaining almost all of those yards as a rusher and Spiller having a pretty even split between rushing and receiving yards. Spiller will get a boost in point-per-reception leagues. Ingram will probably score more TDs, though.
Senior Editor laid out The Case for C.J. Spiller earlier in the offseason. It's not inconceivable that Spiller posts top 5 PPR numbers a la Darren Sproles in 2011. Ingram should get his share of touches, though a healthy Khriy Robinson is a concern. Spiller would be our choice for PPR formats, with Ingram coming in higher in standard leagues.
Mark Ingram was back in action Wednesday during the New Orleans Saints' organized team activities practice -- backing up coach Sean Payton's insistence that the running back wasn't dealing with any significant injury when he was held out of practice during parts of the past two weeks.
Payton had said Ingram was dealing with a minor foot/ankle issue but that it was mostly about being smart and cautious at this time of year.
Ingram averaged 19.6 touches for 85 yards and 0.69 TD per game in his 13-game season in 2014. He averaged 4.27 YPC last season after averaging 5.02 YPC in 2013. He benefited somewhat by injuries to Khiry Robinson, who could potentially eat into Ingram's 2015 workload. The team also signed C.J. Spiller to fill the Pierre Thomas/Darren Sproles role in the offense. Ingram posted the #11 PPG in PPR formats (#8 in standard). We’re expecting a step back from those numbers as the team gets Robinson and Spiller involved.
Running back Mark Ingram was once again watching from the sideline during the New Orleans Saints' second week of organized team activities (OTAs) on Thursday. But coach Sean Payton stressed that he's not dealing with anything "significant" and that the Saints are just being smart at this time of year.
Ingram was also out last Thursday with what Payton described as a minor foot/ankle issue.
“We’ve just sat him,” Payton said. “There’s nothing significant. It’s this time of the year where we’re smart about what we’re doing.”
Ingram averaged 19.6 touches for 85 yards and 0.69 TD per game in his 13-game season in 2014. He averaged 4.27 YPC last season after averaging 5.02 YPC in 2013. He benefited somewhat by injuries to Khiry Robinson, who could potentially eat into Ingram's 2015 workload. The team also signed C.J. Spiller to fill the Pierre Thomas/Darren Sproles role in the offense. Ingram posted the #11 PPG in PPR formats (#8 in standard), and will be drafted as a high-end RB2 in 2015 fantasy drafts, provided this foot issue doesn't linger.
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