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Peter King: Patriots "love" Ingram
Posted Apr. 18 at 12:21 AM
You hear a lot of stuff prior to the NFL draft, and most of it turns out to be fiction, or doesn't amount to anything, at least. So who knows if the Patriots actually do "love" Mark Ingram.
But that's one of the tidbits in Peter King's latest column at CNNSI, and it's something to keep in mind, especially for dynasty owners. Ingram to the Patriots would have an interesting impact on a lot of different players.
Ingram himself would be helped by going to a strong offense and strong franchise, one that traditionally is one of the league's more productive running teams (better than you might think). Their wide-open passing game tends to open things up for running backs, plus they play with a lot of leads, which helps rushing production in terms of both yards and touchdowns.
On the flipside, New England has favored a committee in recent years. They've used one back on first and second downs, another on third downs, and sometimes another around the goal line. Ingram's value might be capped by the presence of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead and maybe even the elderly Kevin Faulk.
Still, Ingram is also a good receiver and blocker, and those other players are marginal talents. Plus New England has given one back most of the work before, as was the case with Corey Dillon (although they still used Faulk in passing situations). Ingram losing some work on a quality team like the Patriots might be as valuable as Ingram being featured on a lesser team with an inferior offense like Miami.
Who knows if he'll end up in New England, but as usual, the Patriots have plenty of picks to control the board and move up or down as needed to get their guy.
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