The New Orleans Saints have a battle on their hands for the starting running back job. Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson are battling for the job, and right now, nobody really knows who has the edge. Is it Mark Ingram, or the newcomer, Adrian Peterson.
Coming into the NFL, Mark Ingram was projected to be one of the best running backs in the NFL right from the get-go, after a productive career at Alabama where he won a Heisman. Ingram didn’t start off his career fast, but in 2014 and 2015 Ingram showed flashes of greatness, despite limited playing time. However, Ingram enjoyed his best year as a pro this season, rushing for over 1,000 yards, and scoring 10 all-purpose touchdowns. With momentum coming into the 2017-2018 season, only time will tell to see how many carries he receives with A.D. in the mix.
Adrian Peterson is a future Hall-of-Famer, but age may finally be catching up to him. Peterson played only in 3 games, and only rushed for 72 yards on 37 rushes, averaging just 1.9 yards per carry. He left Minnesota this offseason to come to New Orleans to try to revive his career. But lets not forget that Adrian Peterson has 11,747 career rushing yards on 2,418 rushes, while averaging 4.9 yards per carry. His highlight reel lasts hours, and his motor may be the most powerful in the NFL. In fact, I have a feeling he still has a lot left in the tank.
In conclusion, while Adrian Peterson has enjoyed the better career thus far, Mark Ingram is the better player right now. His legs are fresher, and he is familiar with the Saints organization. I expect Ingram and Peterson to split carries, for each of them to rush for about 600 yards and 5 touchdowns. FYI, avoid both of them in fantasy.