If Patriots want Mark Ingram, they are not hiding it

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The New England Patriots run one of the most tight-lipped organizations in the National Football League. So with ten days left before the start of the 2011 draft, it’s noticeable how public their alleged interest in Alabama running back Mark Ingram has become.

SI.com’s Peter King wrote in today’s MMQB column that the Patriots “love” Ingram. Hours later, it was revealed that the 2009 Heisman winner is en route to Foxboro for an official pre-draft visit.

Headed to the airport, off to Boston,” Ingram wrote on Twitter. “Another week living in the airport.”

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald believes the Patriots’ interest in Ingram is “genuine,” even if Bill Belichick’s team doesn’t typically go about business so openly.

WEEI.com’s Christopher Price suggests Ingram’s Patriots visit could be mostly for medical purposes.

The Patriots hold the 17th, 28th, and 33rd picks in the draft, and Ingram could conceivably be available at each of those selections. It was recently reported that Ingram’s been removed from at least two draft boards due to a knee condition, and NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock questioned Ingram’s first-round value even before the injury problems came to light.

We’re not sure what to believe. But we wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots’ pre-draft pursuit of Mark Ingram is all a smokescreen, and they don’t want him.

We also wouldn’t be surprised if they drafted him.

45 responses to “If Patriots want Mark Ingram, they are not hiding it

  1. Don’t these guys have finals coming up? How do they have time to travel the country and visit with teams?

    Oh wait, they don’t actually go to college to learn anything. Right.

  2. I initially thought that King was exaggerating about how much the Patriots love Ingram but then I read this:

    Dear Mark Ingram,

    Please come to Boston for the springtime.
    I’m stayin’ here with some friends
    And they’ve got lots of room.
    You can sell your paintings on the sidewalk
    By a cafe where I hope to be workin’ soon.
    Please come to Boston.

    Your friend,

    Bill Belichick

  3. I’ve seen buzz about the Patriots wanting Mark Ingram dating back to the beginning of the regular season last year.

    If it’s a smoke screen, it’s a massive one.

  4. “But we wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots’ … don’t want him.
    We also wouldn’t be surprised if they drafted him.”

    Attaboy, cover all those bases…

    You’d make a good weatherman:
    “It might rain today, it maybe not.”

  5. “We’re not sure what to believe. But we wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots’ pre-draft pursuit of Mark Ingram is all a smokescreen, and they don’t want him.

    “We also wouldn’t be surprised if they drafted him”

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    LOL….and you’re being very open about covering your arse…

  6. Every year, Beli does this to make the Dolphins panic and pick someone before they should. It’s BS. Ingram isn’t worth it – he slow and is injured too often. Beli knows this and would love to defend against the guy twice a year. The Fins are stupid enough to fall for it again (see Pat White – it was alleged the Pats wanted him badly – that influenced the Fins to waste a second round pick).

    Heck the Pats have so many picks, and the Fins have so few, there’s no way the Fins don’t lose ground – the Bills have more picks too. Fins will be lucky to be in third place in the East next year especially if this CBA debacle isn’t resolved because that will mean that idiot child Henne will have a nother year to regress. Only upside is that Ross may dump the dunderhead regime and they’ll have a shot at Luck. The worst thing that can happen is that they go 7-9, 8-8 or 9-7. It means another middle of the road first round pick and, worse still, if their record is 9-7, the dunderheads get another year to keep us mediocre.

    Thank goodness for Dan Carpenter.

  7. This should be a big red flag to every other team. If there is one thing the Patriots are not good at, its drafting RBs.

  8. I hope they’re not jerking Mark around because he’s a great guy and deserves better. It would mean the world for me to have him at Pittsburgh, but RB is not a top need for us, and I’d like to see him with a good team that would know how to use him. The Pats are always contenders and BB is a great coach. Hope it works out for him.

    @pdmjr …

    I hate the Pats … but that is wishful thinking.

  9. It’s going to make the Dolphins who draft one spot ahead of them think really hard about if they really need a RB. Sort of like how they really needed a LB with Vernon Gholston.

  10. They Lovvvveeedddd PAT WHITE too. Only sucker who fell for that trick was named Parcells.

    But we all know the media won’t say that because the media loves parcells.

  11. Of course the Dolphins are going to be the suckers who take him. They are not worried about how productive he will be, but just how quickly they can try to sell their fans on a Heisman Trophy winner. Miami is an awful organization, fan base is stuck on Marino, and there are too many other things to do in Miami then waste your time going to support that team. Miami is lucky to have the Heat and a new small ball park for the Marlins(next season).

    The owner is making a joke out of the organization with all his gimmicks off the field to try and drive ticket sales. Can’t use minor league baseball tactics to acheive NFL success. No focus on football, should have had the balls to fire Tony and promote Nolan. Tony lost the team and Dolphins are going to be preparing for another top 15 pick in 2012.

  12. pdmjr, who do you support? pats finished 14-2 last season and what was considered to be a ‘rebuilding’ year.
    pair Tom Brady with Mark Ingram and forget about it. Play action takes on a whole new meaning. you are dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

  13. this is blatant draft posturing by NE…

    they draft #17, division foe Miami drafts #15 and is in need of RB…Belichek found some RED FLAG on ingram and is talking him up to entice miami to pull the trigger 2 picks before…we’ll see how truly stupid Ireland is in Miami lol i’m assuming he’ll think he stole “NE’s guy” right out from under them

  14. Doctors are still trying to determine what percentage of Ingram’s 210 pounds is constituted by his head. It’s created quite a buzz in the medical community.

  15. does it matter? The pats will chocke again in the playoffs. They are done. After brady leaves then they’ll be the pats of the 70s again

  16. It would NOT be wise for the Pats to take Mark Ingram, principally because they have far more pressing needs with their defensive front seven, as well as their offensive line. More than anything else, New England needs to become a powerhouse on DEFENSE; otherwise, I don’t see them returning to the Super Bowl. This notion that Brady’s offense should always be expected to win games is flawed.

  17. @pdmjr says:
    Apr 18, 2011 12:50 PM
    The patriots are old news. They are not what they used to be.
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    You just go right ahead and keep thinking that.

    Pats dont need a first round RB, they have BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Woodhead, What they do need is some one who is an elite pass rusher. I think they will be looking for a running back in the third or forth rounds.

  18. clearly just trying to get a team below them to blow their first round pick on him (esp. the dolphins). that will not be happening.

    georgeanderson; you clearly know very little about the dolphins organization. 1) they are one of the more profitable nfl teams 2) they are one of the most winningest franchises 3) promoting nolan to head coach just because he was a good DC, while it may seem like it would have worked (to an infant), it wouldnt have.

  19. I expect the Pats to take 2RB’s in the draft. Mikel Leshoure or Ryan Williams are also possible picks in Round #2.

  20. Some of it COULD be BB doing his former assistant a solid too though that would be within the framework of gathering actual good info for his own use. It’s hard to imagine BB wouldn’t know pretty much anything he wanted to about an AL player already without bringing him in for a visit, but who knows?

    For us Pats fans, draft day is always “like a box of chocolates” anyway so guessing outrageous scenarios is fun. Will they draft eighty eleven TEs?? What about little known & micrcoscopic sized CBs??? Will they even keep their first round picks???? WILL THEY EVER DRAFT A GREAT OLB CONVERSION HIGH?? HOW ABOUT A 5 TECH???? TUNE IN TO FIND OUT!

  21. fonetiklee says:
    Apr 18, 2011 12:35 PM
    Don’t these guys have finals coming up? How do they have time to travel the country and visit with teams?

    Oh wait, they don’t actually go to college to learn anything. Right.

    —-Genius, I would think the fa

  22. mostepicgnar says:
    Apr 18, 2011 2:38 PM
    fonetiklee says:
    Apr 18, 2011 12:35 PM
    Don’t these guys have finals coming up? How do they have time to travel the country and visit with teams?

    Oh wait, they don’t actually go to college to learn anything. Right.

    —-Genius, I would think the fact that he is going to visit an NFL team would most likely cover for the fact he isn’t studying for finals. I think meeting with NFL teams is higher on his list than studying for some exam he won’t even show for.

  23. @hobartbaker, fonetiklee, mostepicgnar …

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan senator is trying again to name a stretch of Michigan highway for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.

    Democratic Sen. John Gleason of Flushing said Tuesday he doesn’t want to name the highway for Ingram because of his success as an Alabama tailback, but for his educational achievements. The Flint Southwestern Academy graduate will get his college degree a year early.

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    Hobartbaker, I’m sure any athletes who read this blog often wonder what percentage of your weight is constituted by your head. In average people, it’s considerable. But when the head is empty …

  24. nick saban sucks face with billicheck all the time…if billicheck is planning on taking him, saban has given him the ok on a player.

  25. So, pretty much what this article sums up is that the Pats might or might not draft Mark Ingram. Man, that really cleared things up for me!

  26. favrespeckerpictures says:
    Apr 18, 2011 3:03 PM
    You can only “punk” someone if they draft ahead of you. The only one punked, was the Pats in that playoff game!!

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    Freaking this! It doesnt matter how much the Patriots win in the regular season, they have not won a Playoff game since they lost the Superbowl to the Giants. The Jets will just punk them again!

  27. Just sit tight, he will still be there into the second or third and they can address other needs first.

  28. Party Monster says: Apr 18, 2011 4:23 PM

    favrespeckerpictures says:
    Apr 18, 2011 3:03 PM
    You can only “punk” someone if they draft ahead of you. The only one punked, was the Pats in that playoff game!!

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    Freaking this! It doesnt matter how much the Patriots win in the regular season, they have not won a Playoff game since they lost the Superbowl to the Giants. The Jets will just punk them again!
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    First of all, it DOES matter how much a team wins during the regular season because teams that don’t win don’t make the playoffs.

    Second, and more importantly, the Jets haven’t even BEEN to the big game since before Nixon (NIXON!) became president. The only thing they’ve won is the gold medal at the “Make Promises to Your Fans and then Fail to Deliver” Olympics.

    Also, the Patriots don’t give a damn about about “punking” anybody. Why punk the Jets? They’re a team that punks themselves more than any team in the history of football!

  29. LMFAO at pdmjr and Party Monster!! Which team has won the most super bowls in the last 10 years? Which team has won one third of all the super bowls in the last decade? Oh wait, thats right, the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, nobody else. The best team in the NFL will continue to be just that, and i hope we do pick up on Ingram; we need a gritty but playmaking back to complement the best quarterback in the history of the league

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