Saints: Pair of veteran backs look to fill role without Ingram
METAIRIE, LA- With Saints Running Back Mark Ingram suspended for the first 4 weeks of the season, the Saints signed veterans Shane Vereen and Terrance West to help limit a potential heavy load for Alvin Kamara.
"He looks good man. He's smooth. He's catching on. He's a smart player. Been in the Superbowl with the Patriots," said Ingram. "T West is another guy that's played a lot of football. He had a little injury last year, but has played a lot of football. Had a lot of experience. Has had success in the league. "
5-foot-10, 225 pound West is your classic in between the tackles runner, while Vareen's skill set is closer to Kamara's because of his ability to catch balls out of the backfield.
"When I was back in New England, we practiced against the Saints for a couple years during camp and I could tell the tempo was pretty similar. The way that they handled the team and the organization," said Shane Vereen. "You always want to be part of goof organizations. "Terrance you see a physical runner. Both of those players we felt like could help us. "
"Shane has got a lot of versatility. He's someone we feel like is very good in protection. He's a very good receiver," said head coach Sean Payton. "Terrance you see a physical runner. Both of those players we felt like could help us."
"I think we would've been interested in them whether Mark was facing a suspension or not," said Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. "It happens sometimes. A price falls into your realm."
The combination of Kamara and Ingram last season produced history making numbers, so one single back will not be able to fill the hole perfectly.
Coach Payton hopes that the combination of those veterans and the less experienced talent like rookie Boston Scott will keep the Saints rushing game in a high level until Ingrams return.