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Breaking down running backs: New Orleans

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson examines the state of the running back corps for each NFC South team. The Saints’ running back corps experienced a drop-off in production last season compared to the team’s Super Bowl-winning 2009 campaign. To remedy that ...

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Old 06-08-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson examines the state of the running back corps for each NFC South team.

The Saints’ running back corps experienced a drop-off in production last season compared to the team’s Super Bowl-winning 2009 campaign.

To remedy that issue, the Saints traded their 2012 first-round pick to get back into the first round to grab the best back in this past draft, Alabama’s Mark Ingram.

Even though Pierre Thomas was recently signed to a contract extension, Ingram appears to be the one in line for the bulk of the workload. But a committee approach does seem inevitable unless Ingram simply takes the NFL by storm. There is a lot to like about Ingram. He has true workhorse qualities, which is rare in a back nowadays. He runs with power, leverage and has tremendous competitive qualities. Ingram wants the football when it matters most and is the type of runner who can put the opponent away. He also has some ability and upside in the passing game, which is obviously a must in this Drew Brees-led offense.

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Breaking down running backs: New Orleans - NFC South Blog - ESPN

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Old 06-08-2011, 09:58 PM   #2
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The Reggie Bush situation in New Orleans is very interesting. As it stands, he is due a huge amount of money, which he simply is not worth considering his production and inability to stay on the field. But I contend that Bush is worth more to the Saints than he is to any other NFL franchise.

And Bush’s ability as a return man cannot be overlooked.

Agree with everything he wrote except these two.

Bush is not worth more to the Saints than he is with other NFL teams. He's a freaking scat back. Nothing more and nothing less.

Bush is a terrible return man.

Other than those two items, it was a good read.
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I agree; enjoyable read all except the Reggie Bush paragraph.
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The Reggie Bush situation in New Orleans is very interesting. As it stands, he is due a huge amount of money, which he simply is not worth considering his production and inability to stay on the field. But I contend that Bush is worth more to the Saints than he is to any other NFL franchise. Finding common ground and coming to an agreement would be ideal for both parties. Bush is a true wild card. He is equal parts wide receiver and running back. He makes the defense make choices and distinguish how to match up in terms of its personnel. Brees and company know how to use these talents. Bush has 294 receptions in his 60 NFL games. And Bush’s ability as a return man cannot be overlooked. But it is very tough to overlook that Bush has not played 16 games in any of the past four seasons and broke his leg in Week 2 last year.
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The Bush "worth" comment is somewhat mis-aligned. I would agree if he is saying that Bush's talents can yield more production in the Saints offensive schemes than they could with any other NFL team. I hope Reggie realizes that fact. Payton has become a skill set design specialist, and that bodes well for Reggie's career asperations. Now, how much that's worth has become the two million dollar question.
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