Saints RB Mark Ingram has had 143 career receiving yards in 37 games played. By comparison, his former college teammate RB Trent Richardson exceeded that total in only his 5th career game.
After recording a 23-yard receiving TD in Friday’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, Saints RB Mark Ingram told reporters he wants an increased role in the passing game.
“I haven’t caught a lot of passes in the NFL. But in high school I played receiver. If you look at my recruiting thing it says, ‘Athlete,'” Ingram said, per ESPN.com’s Mike Triplett. “And in college, I caught a lot of passes. I haven’t done it a lot here. But I’ve always been confident in my ability to contribute out of the backfield, running routes. Line up out wide running routes. I’m comfortable doing all of that.”
Ingram has a career total of 24 receptions for 143 yards and no TDs in 37 regular season games. He has started only 12 games in his career and has a career high rushing total of only 602 yards. His 23-yard reception in the preseason game matches his career high in the regular season.
Ingram was drafted No. 28 overall by the New Orleans Saints after they traded up for him in the 2011 NFL draft. He won the Heisman trophy as a Sophomore running back from Alabama, the school’s first Heisman trophy winner and the youngest RB to ever win the award.