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2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp Countdown No. 8 - Mark Ingram

Posted Jul 18, 2017

Mark Ingram is No 8. on our countdown to 2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon.

Entering his seventh season with the New Orleans Saints, running back Mark Ingram is looking to carry last season’s efficiency to 2017. Averaging 5.1 yards per carry and rushing for more than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, it is safe to say Ingram had his most productive season in 2016. He was even awarded the Week 12 NFC Offensive Player of the Week award last year.

The former Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama consistently finds a way to use his on-field moves to make defenders miss. However, what can be even more enjoyable to watch is his off-field moves that make fans and players laugh. Watch him long enough and you’re sure to spot a few dance moves during the team stretch, between plays or after long runs/touchdowns.

In 2017, Ingram faces stiff competition in the backfield with veteran Adrian Peterson and rookie Alvin Kamara competing to take carries/catches away from him. Last year’s leading rusher for the Saints knows that he has is work cut out for him. He spoke about this matter during minicamp:

“The makeup of this backfield is numerous guys that can start anywhere in the league. Coming from college to my rookie year to two years ago to last year, there’s always been a number of guys who are talented and athletic. Competition is nothing new.

“I just watched the moves be made and I don’t feel one way or another about it. I just play the hand that’s dealt to me and I work my butt off and that’s about it.”

Knowing that he will be given the opportunity to be the starting running back throughout the offseason and regular season, Ingram plans on making the most of every chance he gets.

“I feel like anytime I have the opportunity to touch the ball regularly, rushing or passing, I am going to be productive. I know the last three years I have had the best three years of my career. I have only been getting better and better. So any time I can touch the ball, carry it or catch it, I’ll be productive.”

With 2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon being held in Metairie, local fans have the chance to witness Ingram’s fun, yet successful approach to practice.

Top 25 reasons to get excited about Saints training camp presented by Verizon:

No. 25 - QB Challenges

No. 24 - Sheldon Rankins

No. 23 - Speed of Ted Ginn Jr.

No. 22 - Changes on special teams

No. 21 - Undrafted free agents

No. 20 - Return of Rafael Bush

No. 19 - Zach Strief

No. 18 - The new linebackers

No. 17 - Return of Chase Daniel

No. 16 - Healthy Delvin Breaux

No. 15 - New guard combo

No. 14 - Listening to Darryl Tapp

No. 13 - Safety Marcus Williams

No. 12 - Return of Hoo-Man

No. 11 - Development of Ryan Ramczyk

No. 10 - Year 2 of David Onyemata

No. 9 - Seeing Coach Sean Payton work