New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will enter the 2013 NFL season completely healthy for the first time in his career. Ingram has been struggling with injuries since he came into the NFL back in 2011, and he was even recovering from toe and knee surgeries last summer. All the injuries seem to be behind him now and this season he could produce career highs across the board.
With the Saints recommitting to the ground game and Chris Ivory signing with the New York Jets, this season Ingram should produce some great numbers. Head coach Sean Payton has said that the Saints will focus more on the ground game this season than in the past and that bodes well for Ingram, who figures to be the primary ball carrier. Furthermore, the former Heisman Trophy winner could rush for 1,000 yards if the Saints are really going to invest in the running game.
Ingram will likely get most of the carries, but he will also split carries with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas. However, I don’t think that will affect his production too much because the Saints really should be running the ball more this season anyway. The Saints have had great success when their offense has been balanced, and establishing a running game behind Ingram should vastly improve the Saints’ already dynamic offense.
This season will be somewhat of a breakout year for Ingram and he really could match his rushing yards and touchdowns from his first two seasons in the NFL. If the Saints and Ingram can bring more production on the ground than they will undoubtedly have one of the best offenses in the NFL.