Mark Ingram addresses new position competition

The Saints brought in Adrian Peterson in the offseason to battle Ingram for touches.

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(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Mark Ingram addresses new position competition


  • New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram told ESPN’s Mike Triplett when asked about the team’s new acquisition Adrian Peterson that “It doesn’t matter who’s in the backfield with me… I’m always going to compete, I’m always going to give my best.” The Saints open their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday.
  • Ingram’s overall PFF grade in 2016 was 74.8, 17th out of 89 running backs with at least 100 snaps. In Peterson’s last full season (2015), his overall PFF grade was 74.9, 19th out of 94 eligible running backs.
  • Ingram had an elusive rating (the impact of a running back independent of the blocking in front of him) of 58.6 in 2016, good for sixth out of 53 RBs with at least 83 carries. In 2015, Peterson had an elusive rating of 37.5, 25th out of 52 eligible running backs.
  • Ingram also had 3.1 yards after contact per attempt in 2016, tied for the sixth-highest mark out of 58 running backs with at least 250 snaps at the position. Peterson’s 2015 season resulted in 2.3 yards after contact per attempt, which was 29th out of 68 running backs with at least 200 snaps.

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  • Andre Taylor

    If im RB Mark Ingram i want out of New Orleans, although there is absolutely nothing wrong with competition. Learning from a future HOF RB in Adrian Peterson can’t hurt Ingram or any RB for that matter. However for GM Mickey Loomis and HC Sean Payton to ignore the pressing needs on the defensive side of the ball and draft a inexperienced and injured LT in Ryan Ramczyk with the last pick in the 1st round. After trading away a 23-year-old, pro-bowl, multiple 1000 yard WR in Brandon Cooks, already having pro-bowl caliber LT Terron Armstead, veteran RT Zach Strief who was coming off his best year in the NFL. Having just drafted OT/OG Andrus Peat in 2015, the line was solid last year. Max Uger is a proven Center, and RG Larry Warford was signed to replace veteran RG Jahri Evans. Undrafted free agent Jack Allen made the team, and the Saints had enough picks to look to add a developmental O-lineman later in the draft. Then to make matters worse, after getting a steal earlier in the 1st round in CB Marshon Lattimore and having drafted FS Vonn Bell in the 3rd round last year. To use a premium 2nd round on another FS by drafting Marcus Williams made no sense. Especially with still having major needs at CB, DL, and LB, SS Kenny Vaccaro hasn’t been the played badly, just not like the 15th overall pick. However with a better pass rush, getting a quality pass rusher opposite pro-bowl DE Cameron Jordan was much more important. There were several quality D-lineman and CB’s still on the board between the picks of Ramczyk and Williams, yet Loomis continued to miss draft. Loomis did manage to resign DT Nick Fairley, last years first round pick DT Sheldon Rankins seems to be completely healthy and had Loomis added DE Jordan Willis, DE Derek Rivers, DE Carl Lawson, DE’s Terell Basham, Ryan Anderson, and Dawuane Smoot was still on the board in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. There was also several quality CB’s still available CB’s Teez Tabor, Quincy Wilson, Cordrea Tankersley, Fabian Moreau, Rasul Douglas, and Cameron Sutton. Yet Loomis passed on them, then after adding RB Adrian Peterson to the RB unit. To turn around and select RB Alvin Kamara, when depth was already plentiful. There was no need to overload at the RB position, especially considering the needs that the defense had. To have given away Brandon Cooks, and still didn’t get CB Malcolm Butler. Despite drafting Marshon Lattimore, CB was still a major need and so was DL. Payton and Loomis totally ignored those needs, taking 3 players in the first 3 rounds that weren’t pressing needs. Trading Cooks, replacing him with 1st round bust Ted Ginn Jr. Waiting until the 3rd round before addressing the D-line, DE Trey Hendrickson has proven production. But will need to be coached up and to bulked up to be an every down D-lineman. LB Alex Anzalone is talented, but comes with major injury red flags. Despite adding veteran LB A.J. Klein and LB Manti Teo, the Saints needed reinforcements in all three levels of the defense. The offense won’t be nearly as potent, and the defense will be much like last years unit. Trading Cooks started an off-season of bad decisions