Mark Ingram’s four-game suspension was one of the biggest storylines of the entire NFL this offseason, and definitely one of the biggest headlines for the New Orleans Saints. After Ingram rushed for a career-high 1,124 yards in 2017 as part of the Saints’ two-headed rushing attack along with Alvin Kamara, the Saints will be leaning on other Running Backs to pick up the slack.
That’s why Bleacher Report named the Saints issues at Running Back through the season’s first four weeks as the biggest remaining question for the Saints as we prepare for the start of the 2018 regular season:
The New Orleans Saints got some tough news this offseason when running back Mark Ingram II was suspended four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. Last season, Ingram racked up 1,124 rushing yards, 416 receiving yards and helped the Saints field the league’s No. 2 offense (391.2 yards per game).
Because of the suspension, though, the Saints will be without Ingram for the first month of the season. They’ll still have 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara, but they’ll need to find him a running mate.
The Saints recently added Terrance West and Shane Vereen. They also have unproven backs like Trey Edmunds and Boston Scott. New Orleans needs to figure out if one of them—or a combination of the bunch—can complete the backfield.
The Saints face two divisional opponents in that first month. And since the NFC South should again be hotly contested, getting off to a strong start will be important.
The Saints have absolutely made an attempt to address the position. They have signed Terrance West and Shane Vereen. They also drafted RB Boston Scott out of Louisiana Tech in the 6th Round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
After releasing Daniel Lasco, the Saints will look to find Ingram’s temporary replacement between some combination of Vereen, West, Scott, Jonathan Williams and Trey Edmunds. Who do you think will be that guy? Vote in the poll. Explain in the comments. Send me presents.
Who will be the primary RB partner with Alvin Kamara through Weeks 1-4?
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