Ingram filled his usual complementary role alongside Alvin Kamara, but he wasn't able to generate much on a yards-per-touch basis. Despite the lackluster finish to his season, the veteran back was impressive once again during this past regular season, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and logging six rushing touchdowns while adding 21 receptions and another score through the air in 12 games. Given that Ingram clearly still has plenty left in the tank, the impending unrestricted free agent figures to attract plenty of interest on the open market this offseason.
Ingram accomplished the majority of his ground production on a 36-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter. He otherwise found running room to be at a premium, as the Eagles' front won the war at the line of scrimmage for a substantial portion of the contest. While his final line was a modest one, Ingram will nevertheless be an integral part of the game plan once again in next Sunday's big showdown versus the Rams.
Ingram rushed for 28 yards on five carries and added 15 yards on two catches during Sunday's 33-14 loss to Carolina.
The Saints didn't have anything to play for Sunday, so the team rested Alvin Kamara and gave Ingram a light workload. He was solid with limited touches and that will, hopefully, up his confidence heading into the playoffs. The veteran back rattled off some monster games in November, but has run hot and cold -- along with the rest of the Saints' offense -- down the stretch. He maintains plenty of value as the more traditional power back in the Saints' stable to go along with Kamara's do-it-all capabilities.
The Saints clinched the NFC's No. 1 seed in the postseason with a win over Pittsburgh last week, so it's anticipated the team will rest several key starters in a mostly meaningless regular-season finale. Top back Alvin Kamara (coach's decision) is included among the Saints' seven inactives, and it's possible that Ingram will only play a few series -- if at all -- before bowing out of the contest. Rather than Ingram, third-stringer Dwayne Washington instead looks like a better candidate to pace the New Orleans backfield in offensive snaps and touches.
Ingram carried the ball 11 times for 35 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Steelers. He also added one reception for eight yards.
Ingram led the Saints with 11 rushing attempts -- seven of which came before halftime -- but found rushing lanes difficult to come by. He averaged only 3.2 yards per carry and his longest rush was just eight yards. He salvaged his fantasy performance by finding the end zone on a one-yard rush late in the first quarter. Ingram's workload continues to fall into the range of 12 to 14 touches per game, making him largely reliant on finding the end zone to make an impact. That could change heading into the 2019 season, however, as Ingram will have the chance to test free agency.
|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||16||12||230||1124||4.9||72||12||11||50|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||12||6||138||645||4.7||38||6||3||34|
|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||16||12||58||416||7.2||54||0||3||1||19|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||12||6||21||170||8.1||28||1||3||0||5|
|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||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||12||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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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|
|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||16||3||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||12||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|