Mark Ingram wants a new contract, sure. But he said that’s not why he skipped some voluntary OTAs this offseason.
The Saints running back was back for this week’s mandatory minicamp, and said that he wanted to focus on speed training and route-running with a personal coach in South Florida.
I’m not angry with my contract, Ingram said, via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. I wasn’t holding out. I’m in the last year of my deal; of course I’d like an extension, but that’s not the reason I wasn’t here. . . .
The main reason that I wasn’t here for OTAs was that I wanted to train on my own this offseason. I wanted to switch up my offseason regimen this year, and I felt like I had some things that I wanted to work on personally that I could get done better by myself.
If that was the only news Ingram made this offseason it would be one thing. But he also had a four-game suspension for violating the PED policy mixed in, which makes it harder to ask for a new deal. He didn’t get into any details about that, but insisted he’d be ready for training camp and in good shape.
The 25-year-old two-time Pro Bowler believes walking without assistance is the next milestone, one he refuses to put a timetable on. He is trying instead to focus on his health, how to best help the Steelers even if he can’t join them in the huddle, while making sure to appreciate it that he’s made it even this far. He understands some do not.
There is no guarantee Shazier will be able to run again without Cheap Jerseys Made In USA assistance, let alone throw on a pair of shoulder pads. It’s something he’ll live with if he has to. Yet he owes it to himself to try.
I’m fine with whatever outcome comes with it, he said. I try to stay as positive as possible.
Jets rookie offensive linemen Dakoda Shepley and Darius James took a break from studying their playbooks one night last month to go to a movie theater in Morristown, N.J., near the team’s training Cheap Jerseys NCAA center.