Free Agency Predictions Deliver RB Mark Ingram to Ravens
With the start of free of charge company much less than a few months away, the predictions are traveling. Who’s going exactly where?
NFL.com’s Marc Sessler released one particular prediction for each staff, and his choose for the Ravens is introducing veteran running back Mark Ingram.
“Baltimore’s pound-the-rock-down-your-throat assault was exposed in January’s playoff loss to the Chargers,” Sessler wrote.
“With Lamar Jackson at the controls, however, the Ravens aren’t about to ditch their devotion to the run. I like the strategy of new perform caller Greg Roman unleashing a hammer-dropping ball-provider like Ingram alongside Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon.”
Ingram has been aspect of the New Orleans’ Saints’ perilous 1-2 punch alongside Alvin Kamara. Past yr, he ran for 645 yards and obtained in the end zone seven occasions. The two several years prior, when he performed all 16 video games, Ingram topped 1,000 yards in each time.
Sessler is not the only one particular who likes Ingram to Baltimore. In it’s “bold offseason predictions” released previously this month, ESPN also projected Ingram to the Ravens.
“Baltimore has performed its finest with patchwork at running back around the past four seasons — from Justin Forsett to Terrance West to Alex Collins to Gus Edwards– but the staff demands a established featured back in creating an offense all-around Lamar Jackson,” ESPN wrote.
“Under offensive coordinator Greg Roman, veteran runners these types of as Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy have thrived. Ingram is the type of durable, physical and effective back (4.5-property job regular) who would be the great healthy in Baltimore’s offense.”
The draw back on Ingram is he’s 29 several years aged and has a good deal of tread on his tires. He’s about to enter his ninth NFL time and his physical fashion has led to a good deal of hits around the several years. He has a lot more than 1,500 job touches.
Ingram’s regular yards for every have has dropped each of the past two seasons. He went from a job-superior 5.1 in 2016 to 4.9 to 4.7. He continue to carries a healthy job regular of 4.5 yards for every rush.
In addition, Ingram served a four-activity suspension for performance maximizing medicine at the start of last time.
There appears to be to be a burgeoning groundswell of aid for RB Mark Ingram to the Ravens,” wrote Russell Avenue Report’s Tony Lombardi. “If the choice was mine, I’d get a really hard go. Not that there is nearly anything mistaken with Ingram, but there are considerably much less highly-priced gamers like him obtainable in the draft.
“DeCosta has pressured fiscal duty so why must the Ravens get a likelihood on a 29-yr-aged participant with 8 seasons under his belt, fresh off a four-activity suspension for PEDs? Ingram is not a change maker.”
Ingram’s projected free of charge company sector value is $4.4 million, for every Spotrac. The Ravens could undoubtedly obtain a more affordable alternative in the draft.
There is also been a good deal of buzz about the risk of introducing a unique Alabama running back: rookie projected initial-spherical choose Josh Jacobs.