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25 reasons to get excited about Saints training camp, No. 19 Ingram

Saints running back comes in at No. 19 on our countdown to Saints training camp presented by Verizon

Running back Mark Ingram, a first-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2011 and a Heisman Trophy winner at Alabama, was rewarded with a new contract by the team this season.

The new deal came on the heels of Ingram's best season as a pro. In 2014 Ingram carried the ball 226 times for  964 yards and nine touchdowns, a 4.3-yard average. He certainly would have cracked the 1,000-yard mark if he hadn't missed three games with a hand injury.

With the Saints adding two important pieces to their offensive line, center Max Unger from Seattle, and tackle Andrus Peat, the team's first-round draft pick, don't be surprised him Ingram makes another run at the 1,000-yard milestone.

Ingram said it: "I was just so excited that we were able to get a deal done," he said. "I've been there for four years, they drafted me and I love the city, love my teammates, love the coaching staff and I feel like we can build something special so I'm very excited to be back.

"I had an opportunity to get some more touches and show what I could do. A couple of injuries happened and I was able to be out there for a number of games and just getting touches and being the only guy out there, I was able to take advantage of my opportunity."

Photos of Mark Ingram from the 2014 regular season. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)

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