Ingram rushed 15 times for 77 yards and caught four passes (on six targets) for 30 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's loss to the Falcons. Ingram's performance Monday marked his best of the season, as his 77 rushing yards nearly matched his total of 88 entering the game, and he found the end zone for the first time with a five-yard catch during the fourth quarter. Although the Saints were forced to abandon the running game pretty early, Ingram still managed to make an impact by averaging over five yards on the carries he was handed. On that back of that improved outing, Ingram will hope for a similar workload in Week 4 against the Chargers.
Ingram carried just nine times for 30 yards and caught all four balls thrown his way for an additional 17 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants. Ingram found the going tough against an improved Giants defensive front, but the Saints curiously seemed to abandon the running game prematurely, considering the contest was close throughout. Ingram's middling usage has resulted in lackluster results through two weeks in what is likely a frustrating trend for his fantasy owners, as New Orleans has been hasty to go pass-heavy in their offensive approach, despite being involved in two different types of games. Ingram and company will host the Falcons in what could be a high-scoring game in Week 3, but it remains to be seen if he will be made a featured player as the team searches for its first win.
Ingram gained 58 yards on 12 carries and added another 29 yards via two receptions (two targets) in Sunday's 35-34 loss to the Raiders. Ingram averaged a healthy 4.8 yards per carry and was a factor in the passing game, but he puzzlingly received just 14 total touches, even though his team took a 14-point lead in the third quarter. The Saints' inability to commit to the run game likely played a part in Sunday's defeat, and perhaps they will take a different course of action should they find themselves in a similar scenario. Ingram has shown the ability to be a three-down workhorse and should be leaned on more heavily next week against the Giants on the road.
Ingram gained 17 yards on seven carries and failed to haul in his only target in Friday's preseason game against the Steelers. C.J. Spiller actually got the start and the first touch, but Ingram played the second and third snaps of the game. The two running backs rotated pretty evenly on the first-team offense, with Travaris Cadet also contributing a few catches while Drew Brees was still in the game. Though his role as the lead rusher is unquestioned, Ingram may find his per-game workload reduced from last season, as Spiller looks like a much different player now that he's finally healthy.
Ingram had seven carries for 18 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's preseason opener, but he also lost a fumble. Ingram got a surprising amount of playing time for a presumed starter, splitting snaps with Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller throughout the first half. Given how well Ingram played when he was healthy the past two seasons, the unusual decision isn't any cause for concern. However, it's unclear how much of a receiving workload he'll handle, as a healthier version of Spiller could take on a larger passing-down role. Ingram doesn't appear to have any lingering concerns from last year's torn rotator cuff.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/02||@San Diego Chargers||25||21.00|
|7||10/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||22||20.00|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||15||16.00|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||21||19.00|
|14||12/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24||21.00|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24||21.00|
|3 Year Avg||157||706||5||29||206||0||120|