Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter

NEW ORLEANS - Mark Ingram showed the more than 72,000 fans at the Superdome on Friday night in New Orleans' win over San Francisco exactly why the Saints moved up in the draft to pick the former Heisman Trophy running back.

And afterwards, he showed why his Saints' teammates are quite fond of him.

Ingram took a draw handoff from quarterback Chase Daniel at the 49ers' 14-yard line, burst through the middle, pirouetted out of the grasp of a 49ers defender and waltzed into the end zone for his first touchdown as a professional.

But he took no credit after, giving it instead to the hogs up front.

'Being able to get in the end zone for the first time as an NFL player was special for me,' Ingram said. 'I have to thank my teammates. The line for blocking great and that is what allowed me to get in. All I did was make one guy miss.'

The moments were only flashes, but they were enough to whet the appetite of those who haven't been at the Airline Drive training camp, where what he did Friday night was only the latest in a series of impressive moments.

Ingram finished with 23 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for four yards.

For his first game, it was a time to just get used to the speed of the game.

'Guys move a lot faster, hit a lot harder,' Ingram said. 'But it's fun. At the end of the day, it's still football.'

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