Mark Ingram

Houston Texans
Running Back #22
Houston Texans
Running Back #22
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Sees nine touches in loss

Ingram had six carries for nine yards and caught all three of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 31-5 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: The Texans grabbed a 5-0 lead early in the second quarter on the backs of Houston's defense, which produced a safety then a short field that turned into a 53-yard Ka'imi Fairbairn field goal. Until that point, Ingram and the Texans' running game did little and finished with 42 yards and a 2.8 yards-per-attempt average. The Cardinals' offense eventually found itself and scored on four consecutive drives and Houston shelved its running game. Ingram leads the team's backs in carries but has not found the end zone since Week 1.

Oct 25, 2021 5:30 AM EST

Gets 20 touches in loss

Ingram rushed 18 times for 73 yards and caught both of his targets for another eight in Sunday's 31-3 loss to Indianapolis.

Analysis: Ingram continues to see plenty of volume, having handled at least 14 carries in four of Houston's first six games. Despite the heavy workload, he hasn't found the end zone since Week 1, and Ingram's 4.1 yards per carry in this one actually marked a season high. Ingram will try to end his touchdown drought in Week 7 against the Cardinals.

Oct 17, 2021 3:22 PM EST

Delivers empty volume

Ingram recorded 16 rushes for 41 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Ingram accounted for 16 of the team's 24 rushing attempts and remains the clear leader of the backfield. However, that failed to translate to fantasy production, as his longest rush of the day went for eight yards and he averaged only 2.6 yards per carry. For the season, Ingram has failed to top 41 yards on the ground in each of his last four contests heading into a Week 6 matchup against the Colts.

Oct 10, 2021 4:24 PM EST

Backfield split continues

Ingram carried the ball six times for 24 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Ingram led the team in attempts and yardage, though he continued to split work with David Johnson, Phillip Lindsay and Rex Burkhead. That split in workload combined with the Texans' inability to move the ball offensively limited Ingram to another poor performance. Since totaling 85 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against Jacksonville, Ingram has combined to produce only 86 yards combined across his last three games.

Oct 3, 2021 8:36 PM EST

Abbreviated workload in Week 3

Ingram rushed six times for 21 yards and secured his only target for minus-1 yard in the Texans' 24-9 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Ingram's rushing yardage tally did pace the Texans on the night, but given how lackluster a game it was for the ground attack, that's faint praise. The veteran has clear possession of the lead-back role in the veteran backfield at the moment, but he could certainly find running room at a premium again in a Week 4 road matchup against the Bills on Sunday, Oct. 3 due rookie quarterback Davis Mills not presenting as an imposing threat to a talented Buffalo defense.

Sep 23, 2021 8:44 PM EST

Rookie QB could impact production

Ingram could face a Panthers' defense geared to stop the run Week 3 after the Browns stacked the box with eight or more defenders 57.1 percent of the time against rookie quarterback Davis Mills, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Browns invited Mills to throw, and he completed just 8-of-18 passes for 102 yards in Week 2's loss. During the second half, when Mills was on the field, Houston's ground game came to halt, gaining just 27 yards on 14 carries. As the NFL can be a copycat league, expect Carolina to throw the works at Miller on Thursday, leaving little room to operate for Ingram and fellows backs: Phillip Lindsay, David Johnson and Rex Burkhead.

Sep 21, 2021 6:02 AM EST

Works as lead back again

Ingram rushed 14 times for 41 yards and secured one of two targets for minus-1 yard in the Texans' 31-21 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: While a Texans backfield that features three accomplished veteran backs rightfully gives fantasy managers jitters, Ingram has worked as the clear lead back over the first two games of the season. Whether that holds remains to be seen, but Ingram did outpace David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay by eight and nine carries, respectively, against Cleveland, albeit with not much production to show for it. It will be interesting to see if the workload among the trio is more evenly distributed with the quick four-day turnaround for a Week 3 interleague matchup against the Panthers.

Sep 19, 2021 2:34 PM EST

Easily leads backfield

Ingram had 26 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown and couldn't haul in his only target during Sunday's 37-21 win versus the Jaguars.

Analysis: There was some question regarding how a backfield populated by Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, David Johnson and Rex Burkhead would pan out, but the former easily handled most of the touches among the quartet (26 versus 15 combined for the last three). Ingram's efficiency was another matter, as he managed just 3.3 yards per rush. But Lindsay (3.1 YPC) and Johnson (3.3) didn't fare much better behind the Texans' offensive line. If Ingram receives such volume on a weekly basis, he'll be worthwhile to start in most formats for that fact alone. If another of the group got a hot hand, though, we could see Ingram yield reps to one of Lindsay or Johnson.

Sep 12, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Leads backfield in preseason finale

Ingram carried the ball 11 times for 44 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay. He also recorded one catch for three yards.

Analysis: Ingram entered the game on the team's second possession and logged six of his 11 carries. His performance was largely unremarkable, though he did manage a few chunk gains of 11, six and seven yards during the second quarter. Ingram figures to play a role in the team's running back picture in Week 1 against Jacksonville, though it's unclear how work will be divided between he, Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson.

Aug 28, 2021 11:14 PM EST

Scores short TD in preseason win

Ingram carried the ball seven times for 24 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: The veteran running back got the start for Houston and finished up the team's opening drive by scoring from two yards out, giving the Texans their only offensive TD of the night. Ingram only saw action in the first quarter but still split snaps and touches with Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson, and while the goal-line carry is promising it came one play after Lindsay got a chance from the four-yard line. This is shaping up to be a true backfield committee during the regular season, which would put a very firm ceiling on Ingram's fantasy value.

Aug 22, 2021 4:04 AM EST

Looks safe for roster spot

Ingram's job appears secure, according to Aaron Reiss of The Athletic.

Analysis: The thinking is that Ingram would've played in the preseason opener if he were battling for a roster spot. Instead, he was a healthy scratch, while Phillip Lindsay got the start and David Johnson was limited to a third-down role. This could end up being a three-man committee, as the Texans don't have much financial incentive to trade/release Johnson even if the new coaching staff doesn't view him as a viable lead ballcarrier. The team's initial preseason depth chart lists both Ingram and Lindsay as starters, with Johnson a second-stringer.

Aug 17, 2021 9:49 AM EST

Sits out opener

Ingram did not play in Saturday's 26-7 win over the Packers in Preseason Week 1.

Analysis: Ingram and fellow back Rex Burkhead were in uniform but did not play, while Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson participated in the game. It's hard to tell how the four backs will be deployed based on the first preseason game, although it was notable that Lindsay started and Johnson had just one carry.

Aug 15, 2021 8:07 AM EST

Listed as co-starter

The Texans' unofficial depth chart lists Ingram and Phillip Lindsay as co-starters, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, David Johnson and Rex Burkhead are listed as second-teamers. Each of the team's top four running backs have had success at the NFL level and things here appear to be trending in a committee/hot hand direction. While the pecking order that's listed on the team's unofficial depth chart could shuffle in the coming weeks, it's worth mentioning, as John McClain of the Houston Chronicle notes that Ingram and coach David Culley, who was the Ravens' receivers coach the past two years when Ingram was with Baltimore, have a strong working relationship.

Aug 11, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Could get the axe

Ingram is one of the Texans that could get cut, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: There's no hard intel here, but rather it's idle speculation based on the fact the Texans are deep at running back. The additions of Phillip Lindsay and the recently signed Rex Burkhead to the 53-man roster could conceivably crowd out Ingram. All three are currently behind David Johnson on the depth chart.

Jul 7, 2021 3:25 PM EST

Signs with Houston

Ingram is signing with the Texans on a one-year contract worth up to $3 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Ravens released Ingram in January after he closed out the 2020 season buried behind J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards on the depth chart. A move to Houston should lead Ingram to some carries, but he'll likely enter camp behind David Johnson, who restructured his contract just last week. Johnson now has $4.25 million guaranteed out of a potential $6 million in 2021 compensation, so there's no question the Texans made more of a commitment to him than to Ingram. The ongoing Deshaun Watson situations makes it hard to get a read on the team context in Houston, but it's probably safe to say Ingram won't be a TD machine in his age-31/32 season.

Mar 11, 2021 1:05 PM EST

Waived by Ravens

Ingram has been waived by the Ravens, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Ingram became an afterthought in team's rushing attack as the 2020 season progressed, with J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards emerging as the team's lead backs. Per the report, with the move, the Ravens will save $5 million against their 2021 salary cap. The 2011 first-rounder will now look to catch on elsewhere after finishing up his second campaign with Baltimore with 72 carries for 299 yards and two TDs in 11 games, to go along with six catches for 50 yards.

Jan 19, 2021 1:13 PM EST

Expected to be released

Ingram has been informed by the Ravens he will be released on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Ingram was a frequent healthy scratch in the latter half of the Ravens' season and is owed $5 million next year, so this is not a surprising outcome. He posted career-low numbers across the board in 2020 and ended the campaign with 299 yards and two touchdowns on 72 rushing attempts. It looks like the 31-year-old will have to look for a new opportunity in the offseason.

Jan 18, 2021 6:33 PM EST

Inactive versus Bills

Ingram (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills.

Analysis: With Ingram inactive Saturday, as expected, Baltimore's backfield is in line to be led by J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, with Justice Hill also on hand.

Jan 16, 2021 3:55 PM EST

Expected to be inactive

Ingram is on track to be a healthy scratch for Saturday night's divisional-round playoff game against the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This anticipated outcome isn't surprising, considering Ingram was inactive for last Sunday's playoff opener against the Titans. Per Schefter, the veteran running back is "fully healthy and is said to understand that this is a business decision for Baltimore due to salary-cap considerations." Ingram will be an option in the event that the Ravens advance, but versus Buffalo, the team's backfield is in line to feature J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, with Justice Hill in reserve.

Jan 16, 2021 8:11 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Ingram (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Titans, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: With Ingram not in uniform Sunday, Baltimore's backfield duties in the team's postseason opener will be handled by J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.

Jan 10, 2021 8:49 AM EST

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