Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Mark Ingram has received the majority of the snaps all season long, but his workload jumped significantly during the Saints' 34-28 loss Sunday. Ingram played in 88 percent of the offensive snaps with 67 snaps. C.J. Spiller played just six snaps.
This meant the workload for Spiller dipped with Spiller playing only eight percent in the loss. The running game struggled mightily against the Titans, but Ingram was also used in a bunch of passing situations either as a blitz protector or a receiving option.
They did more of of that Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, when Spiller finished with a season high 10 touches from scrimmage. Most of his six catches for 32 yards and four carries for 16 helped set a stage for Mark Ingram's big game.
"Like I told them Saturday night, they hadn't played a backfield like us yet," Spiller said Tuesday during an NFL Play60 event at J.C. Ellis Elementary in Metairie. "We wanted to go out there and showcase what we were able to do and fortunately we were able to do that."
The Saints' 36 carries for 183 yards were both season highs, as Khiry Robinson rushed for two touchdowns and Ingram for one, and the Saints beat the Colts 27-21. Spiller has been frustrating to fantasy owners who were counting on him being more involved in the passing game. He could finally be trending that way and may be worth an add in PPR leagues if you're hurting at the position.
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.
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