NFL Teams: New Orleans Saints Must Worry About Running Back Mark Ingram

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 06/19/17 04:43AM EDT

The New Orleans Saints are among the NFL teams that could be dealing with a roster problem this offseason. In a recent report, Mark Ingram spoke about his situation now that Adrian Peterson is in New Orleans. Both of them are seeing action at the running back position. 

Ingram had a terrific outing for New Orleans last season. In 16 games (14 starts), he recorded 205 carries for a career-best 1,043 yards, and six touchdowns. The 27-year-old's numbers helped him solidify his status as a true star rusher in the NFL. 

It is likely that following a season like that, a team would be content at running back. New Orleans is not that kind of team though. In April, the Saints brought in Peterson. The 2012 NFL MVP was signed to a two-year contract which is going to earn him $7 million. 

The arrival of Peterson in New Orleans started rumors and issues. Many believe there will be problems with him and Ingram on the roster, playing the same position. In a report by The Times-Picayune, Ingram shared his thoughts regarding this matter. 

"It is what it is," Ingram said. "...I don't really feel one way or another about it. I just play the hand that's dealt to me. I just work my butt off and that's about it." 

It sounded like Ingram is not too excited about Peterson's addition. Despite this, the younger running back remains focused. He also had good words for the veteran who he thinks is making him better as they work together in camps.  

Ingram's statements should make New Orleans sensitive and cautious. One wrong roster decision could lead to the Saints losing a developing running back who still has a lot to show in the NFL. 

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