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|The Saints traded back into the first round of the 2011 draft in order to select Ingram, the top rated running back in that year’s draft. While big things were expected of him, knee and turf toe injuries limited his effectiveness as a rookie and caused him to miss six games. With just 474 rushing yards and five touchdowns, Ingram was a disappointment as he struggled to show much explosiveness. Off-season knee surgery and a crowded Saints backfield cloud his fantasy outlook for 2012. The biggest issue is whether Ingram is really as mediocre as he looked last season or whether injuries hampered his ability to show his true ability as a runner. While no one is predicting a breakout season, you could make the argument that he ranks as a worthy RB3 with upside provided he can stay healthy and become the Saints full time short yardage option, a role he shared with Pierre Thomas last season. Don’t reach for Ingram hoping he becomes a bell cow runner in the Saints explosive offense. However, he looks good as a lower end RB3 in standard scoring leagues. Knock him down further in PPR formats since he showed little ability as a pass catcher as a rookie and the Saints have one of the league’s top receiving backs in Darren Sproles.
|Pierre Thomas expects changes to his role -- Thu Aug 21 6:00 pm --|
Currently lining up as Saints' No. 3 RB
|There has been much speculation about what New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas' role would be this season and the eighth-year veteran said Wednesday night he knows things are going to be different in 2014.
Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson both are expected to see their roles increase this season and Thomas figured to become the No. 3 back in the offense. However, Thomas doesn't plan on going quietly. While mentioning that coaches said his role will change this upcoming season, Thomas said he isn't going down without a fight. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: The Saints haven't exactly tipped their hand in regards to Thomas' new role as he has yet to log a touch in the preseason. It seems likely he will come close to matching his passing-game contributions in light of Darren Sproles' departure, although Robinson's emergence will probably cap his snaps in the running game.