The New Orleans Saints are a mess defensively. They can’t stop the run. They can’t stop the pass.
On the other side of the football it’s pretty much the status quo. Drew Brees, Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham are tearing it up, and Darren Sproles and Lance Moore have had their moments.
Almost as disappointing as the defense has been Mark Ingram.
Pierre Thomas and Ingram have each had 37 carries. Besides the pathetic 7.4 rushing attempts per game they are managing, you should be concerned with the fact that Ingram has gained 76 fewer yards or a full two yards per carry less.
Sproles has only had 17 carries, but is only 15 yards shy of Ingram.
Not to mention that Sproles (235 yards) and Thomas (139 yards) contribute in the passing game. Ingram has just one reception for a loss of yards.
What’s worse is 53 yards and his lone touchdown came in Week 2 against Carolina. In the remaining four games he has totaled just 53 yards. Even Chris Johnson is laughing at that lack of production.
It likely isn’t getting better any time soon.
The Saints will continue to struggle on defense, meaning that it will be up to Drew Brees and company to move the chains and put points on the board. Thomas and Sproles are significantly better suited for this kind of use.
It may be time to give Ingram his walking papers. You will likely have a roster decision based on upcoming byes. Unless something drastically changes you won’t be able to count on Ingram in your lineups. Let somebody else have the dud.
If he shows signs of life you can try to snatch him back up, but he seems more likely to continue wasting space.
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