The New Orleans Saints‘ ground game has been almost nonexistent this season, but it has not really mattered since the team has gone 5-0. Furthermore, the Saints have been battling injuries all season long which make their 5-0 start all the more impressive. The Saints have been trying to commit to the run game this season, but they have not had much success so far.
Mark Ingram was the No. 1 running back heading into the season, but has missed the last couple of games and has not been very effective. Ingram will likely be a game-time decision in the Saints’ Week 6 game against the New England Patriots since he has been battling a toe injury. However, if Ingram does miss more time, it would not be so bad since he has not been having a great season.
In the two games that Ingram has appeared this season he has only rushed for 31 yards on 17 carries. Furthermore, in the three seasons Ingram has been with the Saints, he has not been very effective and is constantly battling injuries. If and when he returns from injury, the Saints should not give him much playing time and possibly demote him to the No. 3 or 4 running back.
Pierre Thomas has been much more effective than Ingram in the ground game this season and he should be the Saints’ primary ball carrier. Even rookie running back Khiry Robinson has been running the ball better than Ingram this season. If Ingram returns, the Saints should consider giving him a limited role or even try to trade him.