Mark Ingram set to break out for New Orleans Saints?

Saints: Don’t blame Kenny Vaccaro

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Friend(s) Email More Columns > It’s no secret Mark Ingram failed to live up to expectations in his first two NFL seasons. With a less-cluttered depth chart in New Orleans and health finally on his side, is it Ingram’s time to make an impact for the Saints ? The running back appears to be off to a Jimmy Graham Womens Jersey good start this summer. The third-year pro received the majority of carries with the first team Monday, a good sign entering a season in which he’s expected to split time with Pierre Thomas . Mike Triplett of The Times-Picayune wrote that Thomas “continued to look strong, fast and fluid” in practice, adding that “the buzz would probably be through the roof by now” if this were Ingram’s first camp. The Saints invested a first-round draft pick in Ingram two years ago, hoping he could be the punishing back who could provide balance to the team’s offense. He has been slowed by knee and toe injuries, and his 3.9 yards-per-carry average speaks to the lack of big-play ability. Sean Payton is on record saying the Saints will run the ball more this season.

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Vaccaro, the Saints’ first-round draft choice, has made headlines in his first training camp with his hard hitting and recently said he wasn’t going to change his style unless asked to do so by the Saints’ coaches. On Saturday, after Morgan suffered a torn meniscus and a partial ACL tear in the Saints’ scrimmage, he defended Vaccaro. Don’t blame @KennyVaccaro4 It was a routine tackle. I admire how feisty a player he is too. He’s going be great for us. Joseph Morgan (@jmthegreat) August 3, 2013 On Wednesday, after Morgan was officially ruled out for the season by coach Sean Payton, the receiver’s teammates agreed with his sentiment.

I feel like our defense has come together, we got everything installed, and everything together ready for the first preseason game. With the loss of Kenyon Coleman how does that affect the defense? Thats really tough and that kind of puts our game back a little. Coleman was a tough loss yesterday. You don’t want to see that for anybody. Not for your team, the opposing team or anybody. Does it create more opportunities for you? It creates opportunities for everybody. Its opportunity for everybody to get a little bit better, create more reps (and helps others) fit into the system more and (provides) more room (on the roster). You have been working at both defensive tackle and defensive end?

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Yeah, I had one rookie duty so far. I had to carry Ingrams and Pierres pads into the locker room. I also had to sing a song. What song did you sing? A Spanish song. I sang Merry Christmas in Spanish.

New Orleans Saints rookie report: Khiry Robinson

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Could be good value in that system. Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 5, 2013 Breaston was a 5th round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. He has been catching passes for the Kansas City Chiefs the past two seasons, though 2012 was incredibly disappointing with only 7 catches for 74 yards. Aug 20, 1983 College: Michigan Breaston could certainly be serviceable if healthy, moreso than receiver Laurent Robinson who was scheduled to visit the Saints today as well. As I said this morning , I really don’t know why the Saints Women Lance Moore Jerseys feel they need more depth at the receiver position when they’ve already got so many other respectable young players on the roster.

Fantasy Forecasting: New Orleans Saints

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But, before I go, Ill leave you with a list of things Ill be keeping an eye on. The left tackle situation. The Saints are letting Charles Brown , Jason Smith and rookie Terron Armstead compete for this starting job. Early indications are that Brown is in the lead. But I dont think this competition is over with just yet. I think the preseason games will be a big factor. The defense. Its well known that the Saints had the worst defense in the league last season. When I visited for minicamp in June, it was hard to get a read on if the defense coordinator Rob Ryan was installing was any better because the players still were learning the system.

New Orleans Saints player transcripts from Wednesday

Either way, youre stuck with the same potential for a running back debacle that a Brees pick would bring, just worse. Instead of, say, picking between Maurice Jones-Drew, Reggie Bush, or Chris Johnson as your RB2, youd likely be left choosing from an assortment of rookie and time share questions (Montee Ball, LeVeon Bell, David Wilson). Marques Colston (ADP: 43.7): For some reason, owning Marques Colston doesnt feel sexy. Every year, its the most irrational reluctant click I make, as he brings the most meh of all the quality second tier options. I cant justify that feeling, and neither can you. On an offense that treats running like a chore and distributes touches so widely that each hot dog vendor is included, here are Colstons averages over the past three seasons: 123 targets, 1,106 yards, 8 touchdowns. Consistency, and quality. Ho hum. Darren Sproles (ADP: 36.3): In a point-per-reception league, Sproles is Greek God-like.

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