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RB Travaris Cadet - New Orleans Saints

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

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

Week 9: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This should be a fun NFC South shootout between two rivals, though neither team has been at their best for the majority of the season. Mark Ingram announced his return to game shape last week with an impressive 24/172/1 rushing (with 1/3/0 receiving) while Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder injuries) and Khiry Robinson (forearm injury) sat out nursing injuries. Travaris Cadet handled most of the passing-down duties (1/7/0 rushing with five targets for 4/40/0 receiving). The two backs combined for a very effective combo against the soft Green Bay defensive front - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News this week to see if Thomas or Robinson will be able to get back in the mix for Week 9. If they remain sidelined, Ingram will be in line for a hefty helping of carries again on Thursday Night Football. The Panthers' rush D allowed 26/119/0 to the Seahawks' backs last Sunday, after giving up 30/122/2 to the Packers' backs two games ago. To date, the Panthers' rush D is ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 135.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores handed out. They are fairly soft in this phase of the game. Advantage, New Orleans.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
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 1 7 0 5 4 40 0 0
9 at CAR PROJ-Dodds 3 * * 5 * * *
9 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 2 * * 5 * * *
9 at CAR PROJ-Bloom 2 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs GB (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Cadet's ability to motion out of the backfield and function as a slot WR in addition to being a RB is a nice bonus for the Saints offense and helps create mismatches in the passing game. On a 2nd quarter 3rd-and-8, Cadet lined up as the lone RB but motioned to the slot right before the snap, came wide open across the middle on a crossing route and picked up the key first down on a 12-yard gain. While Cadet played well and made an impact again as a pass catcher, the fact he earned only one carry has to be a letdown for fantasy owners. If Cadet can't get a handful of carries with two of the Saints top three backs out against a terrible run defense, the odds aren't good that he will get many carries going forward.

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Schedule

9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Chicago Bears
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers