"It's an exciting time in my career," Ingram told the paper. "I just want to take advantage of my situation and the opportunity that's presenting itself. Just want to prove to the organization that I can be the back they wanted, an every-down back, type of playmaker that they need.
"I'm excited about my situation. It's unfortunate to see a lot of guys go, but I'm excited about my opportunity that I have coming up."
Ingram averaged a career-high 4.9 yards per carry last season.
Ingram rushed for 30 yards on his first three attempts and finished the first quarter with 34 yards on four carries. But he was stymied thereafter and finished with just 49 yards on 10 tries. He also had the lone turnover of the game, a second-quarter fumble that killed a New Orleans drive.
Coach Sean Payton said Ingram has been “running real well."
“I liked his ball security the other night," Payton told the team's website. "Those weren’t always easy yards. I’m pleased with how he’s playing. I think he’s had a handful of games now toward the latter part of the season where he’s been exceptional.”
Ingram got a heavy workload with Pierre Thomas (chest) sidelined. It's unclear whether Thomas will play Saturday at Seattle.
New Orleans played without leading rusher
“I love the fact that the coaches had the faith in me and the other backs to run the ball a lot in the game," Ingram told The Advocate.
The Saints likely will find it tougher to run against the Seahawks on Saturday. In Week 13 at Seattle, New Orleans gained 44 yards on 17 carries in a 34-7 loss.
With Pierre Thomas sidelined with a chest injury,
Ingram scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. He had 18 carries for 97 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown. He also caught three of his four targets for 17 yards in a 26-24 victory.
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||4||122||474||3.9||35||5||2||30|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||5||156||602||3.9||31||5||4||28|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||3||78||386||4.9||34||1||3||18|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||4||11||46||4.2||9||0||0||0||3|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||5||6||29||4.8||16||0||0||0||2|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||3||7||68||9.7||23||0||1||0||2|
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|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|