Mark Ingram RB NO 5 Months

The New Orleans Times-Picayune envisions an expanded role for Mark Ingram in 2014.

We hear this every offseason, of course, but the Saints' release of Darren Sproles and attempts to trade Pierre Thomas indicate coach Sean Payton is truly, finally committed to more of a traditional, under-center rushing attack. Ingram quietly averaged 4.9 YPC on his final 78 carries of 2013. The 24-year-old will duke it out with Khiry Robinson to be New Orleans' lead ball carrier.

Mark Ingram RB NO 7 Months

Mark Ingram rushed 10 times for 49 yards in New Orleans' Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks, also losing a fumble.

Ingram was targeted twice in the passing game, but held without a catch. He committed a horrendous third-down drop on New Orleans' opening drive. The 2011 first-rounder closes the book on his third NFL campaign with a career-low 386 yards on 78 carries. That comes out to a solid 4.9 yards per carry, but was goosed by a monster day against Dallas' nonexistent run defense. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Ingram deserves to keep his roster spot, but still hasn't done anything to show he's capable of being anything other than a committee back. His Dynasty-league value is middling.

Mark Ingram RB NO 7 Months

Eagles DC Billy Davis confirmed his game plan in Saturday's loss to the Saints centered around stopping the pass.

Even though Drew Brees was struggling to throw the ball effectively in sub-freezing temperatures, the Eagles used five- and six-man boxes for virtually the entire game. Mark Ingram took advantage of it, putting up an uncharacteristically productive 18/97/1 line. "That's on me," Davis said afterward. "I made the calls for the passing game, to make sure we keep the big plays off of us...I could've called more of a run-heavy defensive game." Let's not carried away and think Ingram has turned a corner in his career based on one game against a soft run defense.

Mark Ingram RB NO 7 Months

Mark Ingram rushed 18 times for 97 yards with a touchdown in Saturday's 26-24 Wild Card win at Philadelphia.

Mark Ingram RB NO 7 Months

Mark Ingram rushed for 20 yards on three carries in Week 17 against the Bucs.

Ingram doesn't get many opportunities most weeks, as the Saints mix and match in the backfield. Khiry Robinson, another bruiser for New Orleans, received 12 carries Sunday. However, Ingram wrapped up a very solid regular season on limited touches. He rushed for 386 yards and one score on 78 carries (4.9 YPC). Ingram will act as a short-yardage and early-down back during the playoffs.

Mark Ingram RB NO 8 Months

Mark Ingram rushed three times for four yards in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Panthers.

Ingram rotated early down work with Pierre Thomas and was used in the Saints' red-zone package. He saw limited snaps again this week and lost a goal-line carry to Khiry Robinson in the third quarter. Ingram will be just a RB4/5 in fantasy leagues for Week 15 against the Rams.

Mark Ingram RB NO 8 Months

Mark Ingram rushed for 22 yards on eight carries in Monday night's Week 13 loss to the Seahawks.

The carries and yards led the team, which tells you all you need to know about how much room the New Orleans offensive line could create in the running game. All in all, Ingram is having arguably his best year as a pro. But the volume simply isn't there most weeks for him to be anything more than a desperate flex option in fantasy. It won't get any easier next week versus Carolina.

Mark Ingram RB NO 8 Months

Mark Ingram rushed nine times for 32 yards in New Orleans' Week 12 win over the Falcons.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Ingram ran with an admirable ferocity in a rivalry game, but often did so headlong into 2-3 Falcons defenders. It was a thoroughly ordinary effort on a night where Pierre Thomas ripped off 73 yards on 10 totes. Since his fluke eruption on Dallas' injury-ruined, overwhelmed defense, Ingram has taken the ball 15 times for 57 yards (3.8 YPC). He's a low-end RB4.

Mark Ingram RB NO 9 Months1 Comment

Beat writer Mike Triplett expects Mark Ingram to remain the Saints third option in the running game going forward.

Ingram finally broke out with 14 carries for a career-high 145 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's 49-17 ravaging of the Cowboys. There's little reason to overreact. The Cowboys were playing without Sean Lee for much of the game and DeMarcus Ware was a shell of himself. Additionally, the Saints rode the run game in the second half far more than they normally will thanks to the lopsided score. And Darren Sproles/Pierre Thomas are far better fits for the offense. In 29 career games before Sunday night, Ingram averaged 10.3 carries for 38.8 yards and scored 10 times. The Saints will face the 49ers, Seahawks and Panthers in three of the next four weeks.

Mark Ingram RB NO 9 Months3 Comments

Mark Ingram had 14 carries for 145 yards and one touchdown in Sunday night's Week 10 win over the Cowboys.