Mark Ingram is invigorated, physically and mentally.
The veteran running back signed with Houston in March, and he said his body and mind are sharp for 2021.
In 2019 Ingram started 15 games, rumbled for 5.0 yards per carry in a 1,000-plus yard campaign, and scored a combined 15 touchdowns. Last season, he played in 11 regular season contests. Ingram touched the ball 78 times, compared the 228 touches in 2019.
"I am fresh," Ingram said in a Texans Radio Interview.. "I am healthy. I feel great. I have no ailments. I'm getting stronger, I'm getting faster. I'm getting more explosive. My body had time to recover and feel good."
Ingram is a three-time Pro Bowler, with 62 career rushing scores, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry in his 10-year NFL career. Entering Year 11, he described how he's evolved as a back.
"The ability to control what I can control," Ingram said. "The ability to stay level-headed and take advantage of the opportunities when they do present themselves, because everything's not always going to be perfect."
Along with Ingram, the Texans added former Denver Bronco's Phillip Lindsay to a running back corps that already had David Johnson, Buddy Howell and Scottie Phillips in the fold. Johnson is a fan of the additions and competition at the spot.
"It will be great for us because it will help us all stay healthy and play in this long season, now hearing that they're going to add another game to the season," Johnson said.
Ingram, Johnson and the rest of the Texans begin offseason conditioning work this Monday, April 5.