The reality of life in the NFL as a veteran player is that there is always a younger player that is trying to take your job.
But if you want to have success as a team, players must learn how to coexist and find a way to maximize their talents collectively even if it may come at the expense of a player’s personal job security. However, the Denver Broncos seem far more open to working with and teaching their younger counterparts than Ben Roethlisberger is with his new rookie backup Mason Rudolph.
“If you want to win, you’re going to help your young guys,” Stewart said. “That’s how I look at it. I’m always willing to help any way I can with those guys and give them any information I can. It doesn’t do me any good holding anything back because we won’t get better as a team. I think me helping them as much as I can, as well as the coaches, that’s going to make us that much better.”
“If he does have to miss games, he will be missed,” defensive end Alex Okafor said, via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “You can’t replace anybody like that. He’s one of the best backs in the league. He’s dynamic, huge in the run and passing game. It’s going to be hard to cope with, but if anybody could find a way to do it, it’s going to be Sean Payton and Drew Brees. I’m sure we’ll be all right.”
Ingram is coming off the best season of his seven-year career in New Orleans. He rushed for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 58 passes for 416 yards. All four marks were career-highs.
While he will be missed for the first four games, the Saints know he’ll be coming back fresh in October as well with plenty of time to make an impact on the Saints’ 2018 campaign. He will be allowed to take part in all offseason activities, training camp and preseason games as well before sitting out.