Ingram ran for 52 yards on eight carries and added 24 yards on four catches in Sunday's 36-20 loss to New England.
Ingram was quiet for much of Sunday's game minus a 28-yard run that represented the last play of the game. New Orleans, as a team, appears to be in trouble and it's not looking great for Ingram, either. Playing from behind, as they have through the first two weeks, takes away the run and efforts being made to incorporate Adrian Peterson and rookie Alvin Kamara has created a situation in which there may be too many cooks in the kitchen and fewer opportunities for Ingram to get in rhythm in the passing game and especially on the ground. Ingram has averaged just 11.5 touches per game thus far this season, down from an average of 17.6 over the past three seasons.
Ingram rushed six times for 17 yards and caught all five of his targets for 54 yards in Monday night's loss to the Vikings.
Ingram, as expected, was part of a backfield timeshare that saw rookie Alvin Kamara lead the way with seven carries and Adrian Peterson match his workload with six totes. While those three finished with nearly identical rushing numbers, Ingram found success through the passing game, tying New Orleans' team high in receiving yards. Like previous seasons, the presence of fellow tailbacks clouds Ingram's fantasy value on a weekly basis, but the Saints running game shouldn't struggle as much as it did Monday that often.
Ingram rushed four times for nine yards and brought in two of three targets for 11 yards in Saturday's 13-0 preseason win over the Texans.
Ingram saw fellow veteran Adrian Peterson make his preseason debut Saturday, but neither back was able to find much running room against a tough Texans front. Ingram was in on the opening series before splitting time on the second possession with Peterson. While he remains the top back on the depth chart, Ingram and Peterson could perhaps see a similar workload split to the one the former had with Tim Hightower last season (205 carries for Ingram and 133 for Hightower).
Ingram has been active in the passing game during the early stages of training camp, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.
The Saints signed Adrian Peterson to compete for early down work and drafted Alvin Kamara to contribute on passing downs, but Ingram's ability to play in all situations means he's still a clear favorite to lead the backfield in snaps and touches. Ingram is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he established career-high marks in rushing yards (1,043), yards per carry (5.1) and total touchdowns (10) while playing all 16 games for the first time since 2012. He also had his second-best marks for targets (57), receptions (46) and receiving yards (319), after establishing career highs in each category in 2015. The Saints could give him a similar workload this season while still finding important roles for Peterson and Kamara.
With the Saints signing Adrian Peterson (knee) last week and drafting tailback Alvin Kamara in the third round of the NFL Draft, The Times-Picayune's Larry Holder speculates that the team's likely plan is to deploy a three-headed attack at running back similar to the Saints' potent 2009 and 2011 backfields.
Both the 2009 and 2011 teams finished sixth in the league in rushing, but head coach Sean Payton's three-man committees were a nightmare for fantasy owners, with no Saints running back scoring more than six touchdowns or rushing for 800 yards. This year, it is expected that Ingram and Peterson will serve as the more traditional running backs, running between the tackles, while Kamara will compete with Travaris Cadet to be the third-down or satellite back. However, it is still unclear how the touches between the backs will be divided. After rushing for a career-high 1,043 yards and scoring 10 total touchdowns, Ingram is likely to see the most snaps given his familiarity with the Saints' system, but he will undoubtedly lose carries to Peterson and receptions to Kamara or Cadet, hampering his value.
|3||9/24/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ MIA||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|14||12/7/17||@ ATL||8:25 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|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|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||9||226||964||4.3||31||9||5||47|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||10||166||769||4.6||70||6||5||44|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||14||205||1043||5.1||75||6||4||49|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||2||1||14||69||4.9||28||0||1||3|
|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|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||9||29||145||5.0||14||0||0||0||5|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||10||50||405||8.1||59||0||3||1||22|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||14||46||319||6.9||22||4||4||0||18|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||2||1||9||78||8.7||18||0||0||0||4|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|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|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|