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RB Travaris Cadet - New Orleans Saints

6-1, 210Born: 2-1-1989College: Appalachian StateDrafted: ---

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Preseason player page

Cadet may face challenges from several players for the kick return job, including rookie Brandin Cooks.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Cadet's role in the near future could be expanding if Pierre Thomas's shoulder injury causes him to miss time, and he is adding enough dynamism as a receiver out of the backfield to get weekly targets any way. He should be on your radar in PPR leagues.

Week 8: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Saints' backs utterly failed last week - Pierre Thomas got hurt early (shoulder injury) and is out for a few weeks. Khiry Robinson (3/26/0 rushing) was held behind a rusty Mark Ingram (10/16/0 rushing with 2/13/0 receiving, NOT what his fantasy owners wanted to see) last week, but may inherit some of Thomas' work in the rushing phase this week. Travaris Cadet handled nine targets for 6/51/0 receiving last week and may end up being the passing-down back with Thomas out. There are still a lot of mouths to feed on this unit even though Thomas is out of the picture. The Packers average 147.9 rushing yards allowed per game (31st in the NFL) with seven rushing scores given up to date. Carolina managed 25/108/0 rushing at Lambeau Field last week; Miami had 23/112/1 rushing two games ago. During October, the defensive front has tightened up somewhat in this phase of the game. At home in N'Arlins, we give the Saints multi-headed monster the edge.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at DAL 1 1 0 6 6 59 0 1
5 vs TB 0 0 0 5 3 19 1 0
7 at DET 0 0 0 9 6 51 0 0
8 vs GB PROJ-Dodds 7 * * 4 * * *
8 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * 5 * * *
8 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 5 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)

Cadet brought a playmaking element to the Saints backfield and was effective on a number of different pass plays when lined up next to Brees in the shotgun. Cadet caught a 6-yard TD on a crucial 3rd and goal play. He lined up next to Brees and faked that he was going to sit down underneath before making an explosive cut to the outside which created plenty of separation for an easy throw and catch from Brees. While he is unlikely to get as many opportunities as Darren Sproles did previously in the Saints offense, Cadet has taken advantage of his chances and should continue to get more opportunities in a "Sproles-lite" type of role.

2014 Week 7 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)

Cadet had a few plays as the sole RB, but did most of his damage either from the slot or from a 2-back set with Pierre Thomas. His first two catches came lined up to the left of Brees in the shotgun with Thomas lined up to right. He took a quick swing pass for 7 yards. His second catch out of the same formation, he ran about five yards downfield and sat down in a hole in the zone for an easy completion. Cadet's biggest play of the day came with him lined up in the slot. He took advantage of single coverage and a rub from Colston to burst straight up the seam, creating plenty of separation from the trailing defender and giving Brees an easy target for a 25-yard gain. Cadet's not as good of a pass blocker as Darren Sproles and thus is unlikely to fully grow into that Sproles role. However, he has been very productive in his WR/RB role and should continue to earn more opportunities going forward.


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Footballguys Articles

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