The Facts: Ingram has a goal: He wants to develop a connection with the offensive linemen on his new team, the type where he can gauge how quickly each one will move and how far back they’ll push a defender as a play unfolds. He also sees a holdup: Teams are prohibited from full contact at offseason practices. So Ingram, a ninth-year NFL veteran who joined the Ravens as a free agent in March, faces the task of getting a feel for running behind Baltimore’s blockers while they aren’t throwing full-fledged blocks. “It’s kind of rough,” Ingram said.
Diehards Line: As PennLive's Aaron Kasinitz suggests, it's especially tricky because Ingram’s adapting to a new style of offense. For eight years in New Orleans, he played with future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees in a more traditional system that included drop backs and handoffs from a signal-caller who began the play under center. The past few seasons, the Saints sprinkled more shotgun read options into their playbook, but it never dominated the offense. Last month, Ingram said it was important to gain chemistry with QB Lamar Jackson by taking handoffs from the young quarterback to help the exchange grow more efficient. Repetition will be vital, Ingram said of all aspects. “Once you have that execution and once you have that foundation as an offense, when the pads come on, you just click. That’s what we’re shooting for.” Baltimore carries a lofty end goal in regard to the rushing attack. In a league overflowing with high-flying passing offenses, Baltimore wants to ride a powerful and diverse ground game to success. Ingram will be a big part of that.