Here’s what they had to say about Ingram, the former Heisman winner.
The Saints featured a running backs-by-committee during their 2009 Super Bowl season. Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Reggie Bush rushed a combined 389 times for 1,837 yards and 16 touchdowns. The ground game suffered last season. The team rushed for a total of 1,519 yards after Bell left in free agency and Thomas and Bush were plagued by injuries.
Saints coach Sean Payton loves the inside running game. Not only does it wear down opponents, but it also opens things up for Drew Brees and the passing attack. Ingram should help restore some crush in the rush.
“He manufactures yards in between the tackles much better than a lot of runners,” CBS and NFL Sirius Radio analyst Solomon Wilcots said. “When people compare him to Emmitt Smith, they are right. He’s got that jump cut that Emmitt had, where he’s going in a hole here but as soon as that blocker comes down he jumps backside and out the gate.”