When the Saints traded back into the first round of the 2011 NFL draft to obtain Mark Ingram, they saw a potential one-thousand yard rusher every year, but after two full seasons, an inconsistent Ingram is still finding his way.
"There's a couple runs I think I left some yards on the field, but that just comes with getting a feel for it," Ingram said.
Offensive tackle Zach Strief added, "I think you see a little bit of Mark saying I know what I'm supposed to do, and not necessarily running instinctually yet, but that's going to come. That's something that with time will come, and fortunately for him, his body is healthy enough this year to make those cuts when he's ready to make them."
According to Ingram, year three brings more confidence, "I'm a lot more comfortable in the offense, just wanna keep improving every single day and being productive. That's the key, just being productive, and I'm sure more touches will come with that."
Through two pre-season games, Ingram has tallied 42 yards on 12 carries. That works out to a 3.5 yard per attempt average. But when the regular season rolls around, Ingram says his goals are much, much higher.
"You always want to be above four yards a carry, but I like to be around four and a half or five, that's where I usually was in college, around five yards a carry," Ingram said. That's just a goal. That's a high number and that will put you with some of the elite backs in the league with around five yards a carry. (You) Just work at it and try and be as productive as you can."