Mark Ingram: I can still play at a high, high level

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The Ravens waived running back Mark Ingram after they were eliminated from the playoffs last month in a move that became inevitable once Ingram fell out of the team’s offensive plans over the final weeks of the season.

In an interview with Chris Simms on Tuesday, Ingram said it was “difficult” to go from playing a prominent role to being on the inactive list but that he tried to be a supportive teammate through the end of the team’s run. Now that he’s a free agent, Ingram said he’s “excited about the opportunities I have” and confident about his ability to perform well in the future.

“Obviously my role wasn’t what I wanted,” Ingram said. “Good thing about it is I’m healthy, I’m fresh. I know I can still play this game at a high, high level for a long time.”

Ingram turned 31 in December and teams can be skittish about bringing in backs around that age. Ingram cautioned them to watch his tape rather than “my birthday,” but there wasn’t much of it after the midpoint of the 2020 season.

7 responses to “Mark Ingram: I can still play at a high, high level

  1. Father time catches up with everyone. I love Mark and I think he is a tremendous player and a human being. However, the tape does not lie. Mark lost a step and lost his explosiveness. The emergence of Dobbins and Gus, the bus made it a no brainer for the Ravens to go younger and cheaper. I am sure he will find a roster spot somewhere and be a mentor to a younger back. He definitely cannot be the lead back anymore. It is hard for athletes to accept the fact their talents have a shelf life. Mark, we loved you in Baltimore during the couple of years you were here. Good luck man and remember: Big Truss!!!

  2. Love you to death Mark, but you were noticeably not the same player you were in New Orleans or in 2019 for the Ravens. I hope he heals up this off season and gets another opportunity, but if that doesn’t happen, he will be a great commentator or analysts should he decided to pursue a career in media.

  3. LamarJacksonisElite says:

    February 2, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Father time catches up with everyone. I love Mark and I think he is a tremendous player and a human being. However, the tape does not lie. Mark lost a step and lost his explosiveness. The emergence of Dobbins and Gus, the bus made it a no brainer for the Ravens to go younger and cheaper. I am sure he will find a roster spot somewhere and be a mentor to a younger back. He definitely cannot be the lead back anymore. It is hard for athletes to accept the fact their talents have a shelf life. Mark, we loved you in Baltimore during the couple of years you were here. Good luck man and remember: Big Truss!!!
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    I like him but I’m not sure he finds a roster spot. Best case is theres a limited offseason so his offensive knowledge and pass protection gets him a backup job early but again he likely ends up on the inactive list by midseason. It’s clear hes not a #1 on a team anymore and he doesnt play special teams so no team will keep him active as the #3 which means when he starts as the #2 it’s a matter of time before he slips to #4 and inactive.

  4. Its sad he got hurt in 2019 one week after he turned 30 and talked about age is just a number. I think hope he can bounce back one more time but he should be on a team with a passing game – he can still keep a team on schedule the Ravens were 5-1 with him as the starter at the beginning of the year. Great guy but we all get older

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