A first-round pick in 2011, Saints RB Mark Ingram has yet to carve out a firm role.
I get the sense that’s about to change. Ingram has the ability to run between the tackles and the Saints also seemed to be throwing to him out of the backfield a fair amount during the minicamp.
Ingram also drew some praise from Payton.
“Number one, I think he is healthy,’’ Payton said. “He is moving around real well. He looks sudden, and again this is all in shorts, but I’m excited to see him play this season. I think that obviously he will have an important role in what we do.’’
We're a bit low on Mark Ingram but that's because we're relatively high on Pierre Thomas, who has been a productive RB for years in the Saints' offense. It's doubtful that the team is suddenly going to abandon Thomas, who has a career 4.8 YPC.