One pleasant surprise of this preseason has been the dominant performance of the New Orleans Saints‘ stable of running backs, namely Mark Ingram. In practice and in the preseason opener, Ingram was one of the brightest spots on the offense (despite having only played in the first quarter). And it’s unlikely that his streak of rushing prowess is at an end.
Now, there are plenty of reasons to doubt that Ingram will continue to impress. He’s shown many flashes of brilliance from him in his short career, but he’s never been able to keep things going for more than a few games at a time. So only time will tell if he’s truly starting to emerge as a top rushing threat or if this is just another little stint of ability.
There are plenty of signs pointing towards this being the real deal. He started in the preseason opener and averaged over ten yards a carry during his one quarter of play. To make things even sweeter for Ingram, he no longer has to split carries with the explosive Darren Sproles. He still has to compete with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson, but he’ll have more opportunities than he’s ever had before. He’ll be able to get into more of a groove in the rushing attack, and hopefully that will translate into bigger games.
All signs point towards Ingram having a big year. The Saints will definitely need him if they’re going to have any shot at building a strong running game. Right now, everyone just has to hope that his preseason success carries over into the regular season.