METAIRIE - When rookie running back Mark Ingram agreed to contract terms with the New Orleans Saints on Saturday morning, it didn’t take him long to get to get to work.
Ingram, the second of two first-round picks for the Saints in the draft this spring, has been living and training in New Orleans since January. So after getting the word from agent Joel Segal, he drove over to the Saints training facility, quickly signed the contract and got dressed for practice.
The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner made it out to the field at 10:35 a.m., just before the Saints wrapped up their second practice of training camp, but was merely a spectator for the final 35 minutes of the 2-hour, 15-minute practice.
Ingram knows things will speed up when he’s thrown into the backfield mix for Sunday’s 8:50 a.m. workout, which is also open to the public.
“I know some of the basic things from being out there with Drew (Brees), but some of the other guys are also helping me with the terminology,” Ingram said. “I definitely still have a lot to learn.”
Ingram, the second of two first-round draft picks this spring, received a four-year, $7.4 million deal. He was the 28th overall selection after the Saints acquired the pick from New England for their second-rounder this year and a first-round selection in 2012.
Roby, Wilson sign
The Saints also came to terms Saturday with veteran kick returner Courtney Roby, who was an unrestricted free agent, and linebacker Martez Wilson, the first of their two third-round picks.
A 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, Wilson should also see his first action of camp Sunday morning.
The signing of Ingram and Wilson means the Saints have five of their six draft picks under contract.
The only one that remains unsigned is their top pick - defensive end Cameron Jordan, the 24th overall selection in the draft.
Several of the players who’ve signed with the Saints, but cannot practice or do any physical activity until the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified next week, watched Saturday’s practice.
The group included wide receiver Lance Moore; tackle Jermon Bushrod; linebacker Scott Shanle; running back Darren Sproles; and safeties Chris Reis, Pierson Prioleau and Roman Harper, who signed a four-year, $28 million deal late Friday night.
After practice, a grinning Harper said it hadn’t hit him yet.
“I guess when I get the first check it may hit me then,” he said. “But other than that I’m really happy, my family is happy, my mom was extremely happy, and my dad was happy.”
The number fits
Ingram said he tried to get cornerback Tracy Porter to let him wear jersey No. 22, the number Ingram wore in college, but eventually gave up.
The only other options were Nos. 28, 32 or 34 and Ingram went with No. 28 because the number is special to him. Both he and his father, Mark Sr., were the 28th pick in the draft and his dad, who was drafted in 1987, wore No. 82.
“It has a deeper meaning than that, so I’m happy with the number and it has a meaning to me,” the younger Ingram said. “That’s good.”
After suffering a Lisfranc fracture of his foot in the 2010 regular-season finale and having surgery in early January, Ivory is trying to remain patient as he makes his way back.
While he’s been able to run for a while, Ivory hasn’t regained the form he showed in becoming the team’s leading rusher last season as an undrafted free agent. But he hopes to be ready in a couple of weeks so he can get his share of reps in a crowded backfield.
“It’s one of those things that you have to take real slow every day,” Ivory said. “You don’t want to rush it and have any setbacks, so you have to be real careful with it. When I feel like it’s ready, I’ll give it a big shot.”
Not working Saturday were Porter (knee), Ivory (foot), T Charles Brown (hamstring), DE Greg Romeus (knee), G Carl Johnson (hamstring) and CB Josh Gatlin (thumb/knee).
Punter Thomas Morstead, who didn’t practice Friday because he initially failed his physical with a toe injury, was able to pass the physical and was on the field Saturday hitting booming punts.
Free safety Malcolm Jenkins timed his jump just right and stepped in front of a Drew Brees pass for Adrian Arrington and went the other way with the interception in team drills. ? Wide receiver Robert Meachem outfought cornerback Mark Parson for an underthrown pass from Brees and came up with the ball despite being interfered with. ? Cornerback Patrick Robinson was able to strip the ball from Arrington after he snared a pass from Brees in 7-on-7 drills.