METAIRIE, La. — Mark Ingram doesn't concern himself with when he'll break his first big run or have his first 100-yard rushing game.

The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama says what matters is that coach Sean Payton is giving him a role in the running game and that the Saints are winning.

So far, Ingram has a team-high 62 carries for 216 yards and two touchdowns. His longest run is 17 yards.

Payton says it was obvious early in training camp that the rookie running back could be trusted on important short-yardage runs as well as with a variety of blocking assignments in the passing game.

Payton says Ingram only needs more experience and that he expects to see more good things from the young running back.