Houston Texans sign running back Mark Ingram
March 12, 2021
The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with running back Mark Ingram of Hackensack, New Jersey on Thursday according to Josh Alper of NBC Sports. The terms of the deal are for one year and could be up to $3 million.
The Texans were in need of a running back to complement David Johnson after releasing Duke Johnson on February 26. Duke Johnson was one of two notable Texans to cut ties with Houston in the National Football League offseason to date. The other was linebacker J.J. Watt, who went to the Arizona Cardinals,
The Texans will become the third team for Ingram. He has played eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints, and two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
Last season with Baltimore, Ingram was used primarily as a backup back behind Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins. He had 72 rushes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, along with six catches for 50 yards.
Ingram’s best game in 2020 was actually against the Texans. In the Ravens’ 33-16 win over the Texans on September 20, Ingram had a season-high 77 total yards (55 rushing yards and 22 receiving yards). He also had a season-high 57 yards in a 27-3 Ravens win over the Cincinnati Bengals on October 11.
Due to the fact that Ingram could make up to $3 million next season makes one suggest he should be the number one backup behind David Johnson. Don’t forget Johnson has not really impressed as a running back in his time with Houston to date.
Ingram was initially a first round pick by the Saints in the 2011 NFL Draft. For his career, the product of the University of Alabama has had 1595 carries for 7324 yards and 62 rushing touchdowns, along with 260 catches for 1895 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns.
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