NFL: Three Potential Landing Spots for Mark Ingram II
Mark Ingram II played a huge role for the Baltimore Ravens during the 14-2 season in 2019. In 2020, Ingram II’s role was a lot different. He was a mentor to running backs Gus Edwards and rookie J.K. Dobbins. Those two running backs will be Baltimore’s backfield moving forward.
A few weeks ago, Mark Ingram II and the Baltimore Ravens decided to part ways. Ingram II thanked them on his Instagram account and all of his other social media accounts. He is 31 years old. Where would be the best landing spot for him next season?
He is from the Hackensack, New Jersey area. His dad played for the New York Giants also. Mark Ingram II would be the perfect number two running back behind Saquon Barkley. Barkley is just coming back from a torn ACL and I am sure that they want to limit his carries.
Mark Ingram II can play very well still when his number is called upon. New York and head coach Joe Judge changed the culture from day one. I don’t know if signing Mark Ingram II would be on top of general manager Dave Gettleman’s top priorities though.
They need a running back in Arthur Smith’s offense. I am sure they are going to let Todd Gurley II walk and he may even retire. They need a running back who will be effective enough so it can help out quarterback Matt Ryan in play action.
Smith loves to run with the football and he did it with Derrick Henry with the Tennessee Titans as the offensive coordinator last season under head coach Mike Vrabel. He also made Ryan Tannehill into a better quarterback after coming over in a trade from the Miami Dolphins. Mark Ingram II would also be the three-down cowbell running back in Atlanta with the Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons would be happy to have his services.
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott has indeed said and claimed that he needs to upgrade the running back position and that they need to run the football better. They already have a quarterback in Josh Allen and a solid wide receiver in Stefon Diggs.
Zack Moss, T.J. Yeldon, and Devin Singletary in the backfield aren’t going to cut it and they are more of number two options rather than number one options. Mark Ingram II would be a good fit for Buffalo. He would love Bills Mafia. Mark Ingram II also wouldn’t have to worry about not getting carries in Buffalo in offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense. General manager Brandon Beane has a decision to make at the running back position this offseason either in free agency or through the draft.
Ingram II rushed for 299 yards on 72 carries and two touchdowns, in 11 games played last season. He also caught six passes for 50 yards receiving.
Mark Ingram II was the heartbeat of the Baltimore Ravens backfield. It will be interesting to see what Ingram II’s next move is in his illustrious NFL career.
The most likely landing spot for him is the Atlanta Falcons, followed by the Buffalo Bills, and followed by the New York Giants.
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