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Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 11:38am
The Saints are signing former Giants and Patriots running back Shane Vereen.
Related Players: Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara
UPDATE: The Saints have waived Daniel Lasco in a corresponding move.
The Saints continue to add reliable veterans to the fold in the wake of Ingram's four-game suspension. Vereen is not much of a runner, but has averaged 3.2 receptions per game over his last five seasons. If he makes the team, he will likely be a factor in the New Orleans passing game, which could impact the bottom line of both Ingram and Kamara.
Posted by Anthony Stalter
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:47am
Mark Ingram is coming off his best season since entering the league, setting career-highs in both rushing yards (1,124) and touchdowns (12). Even with Alvin Kamara earning a major role in Sean Payton's offense, Ingram finished as fantasy's RB6, which was the highest ranking of his career. Entering a contract year, Ingram hopes to parlay a big season into a big payday next offseason.
The NFL suspended Ingram four games for violating the league's PED policy. He won't be eligible until Week 5 and then the Saints have a bye in Week 6. He has battled the injury bug at times during his career and with Kamara carving out a significant role in Payton's offense, it's not a reach to envision 2018 turning into a lost year for Ingram. The Saints also added Shane Vereen this offseason so it's plausible he earns a bigger role with Ingram suspended the first four weeks.
2018 Bottom Line
If the Saints' offensive line is healthier than it was a year ago, the run game will be even more dangerous than it was in 2017. The problem for Ingram isn't New Orleans' system or even the presence of Kamara, it's the fact that he's in a contract year and he's suspended for the first four games of the season. What will his role be when he returns? Will Payton give someone else Ingram's touches with Ingram likely gone in a year? Ranked as our No. 23 RB, perhaps Ingram will reward owners who take a risk on him despite his suspension. That said, there appears to be more downside than upside to Ingram heading into the 2018 season.
2018 Strength of Schedule - NO
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||14.38||70.25||0.75||0.19||4.89||3.63||26.00||0||4.44||7.17||13.75||17.38||35.63/64.94||55.13% |