RB Travaris Cadet - Free Agent

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

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2017 Week 11 vs LAC (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)

With Mike Tolbert inactive, Cadet was the primary backup to LeSean McCoy against the Chargers. Cadet showed functionality in both the run and pass game on his nine touches. Cadet played high snaps in the fourth quarter with the game already decided. Cadet eluded the first defender on a swing pass and logged more than 10 yards on two other receptions. Considering his passing game prowess and more dynamic movement, Cadet will have a role even when Mike Tolbert returns to active status.

2017 Week 12 vs KC (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

With Mike Tolbert inactive because of injury, Travaris Cadet functioned as the backup to LeSean McCoy for the second consecutive week. Cadet was used more frequently than Tolbert was used in the backup role. Cadet ran hard and with conviction in the running game, and was able to find more room than McCoy did during the game. He also worked in the offense on third down where he was targeted multiple times. Cadet is a capable pass catcher, and was able to gain 21 yards on his 3 catches. Cadet is unspectacular but reliable option for the Buffalo option in relief of McCoy.

2017 Week 13 vs NE (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Travaris Cadet continued to be the primary backup to LeSean McCoy against the Patriots. Cadet has seen an expanded role than Mike Tolbert was used prior to his injury. He was used in both the running and the passing game in substitution for McCoy. Cadet dropped a pass on a check down and could have scored a touchdown on a gadget play, but he was overthrown down the seam by wildcat QB Joe Webb. Cadet is a pedestrian physical talent who cuts into McCoy's role more than he operates as a stand alone back in the Buffalo offense.

2017 Week 14 vs IND (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Travaris Cadet rotated with Mike Tolbert in backing up LeSean McCoy. Like Tolbert, Cadet found little room to run, and was not targeted in the passing game.

2017 Week 15 vs MIA (4 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Travaris Cadet ran as the clear second back behind LeSean McCoy. He saw brief opportunities spelling McCoy, but was limited to only five touches. Cadet is a dependable player in the offense but operates solely as a backup. When he does enter the game, he is used in similar ways as McCoy.

2017 Week 16 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Travaris Cadet's day was cut short by a bad looking ankle injury on his only carry of the game. The injury was later reported as a dislocated ankle.

2016 Week 1 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 14 / 1 rec)

Cadet's lone rush came on the game's second drive, an uneventful toss off right tackle for one yard. Cadet came within inches of a receiving touchdown on the following drive, but could not drag his second foot in-bounds. Cadet was an integral target in New Orleans' two-minute attack before halftime, but he suffered two drop on his first two opportunities. He successfully executed his third target on the drive, taking the dumpoff in the flat for six yards. Later, the receiving back caught another short dumpoff on a hitch near the left boundary for six yards. Cadet drew a pass interference call early in the third quarter, utilizing a double move to gain an advantage up the left sideline. He took advantage of a pick play on a flat route near the goal-line to execute on a two-yard touchdown. The diminutive scatback is clearly New Orleans' preferred option to C.J. Spiller despite the latter's notable preseason playing time, but is unlikely to parlay this role into fantasy relevance.

2016 Week 2 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Cadet's first reception occurred late in the first half, a short screen to the left flat for ten yards on third-and-long. Cadet committed a brutal drop in crunch time on a HB option route. New Orleans' passing back has suffered a concerning amount of drops throughout the first two games and his coaching staff may be losing confidence in him as a result.

2016 Week 3 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 32 / 0 rec)

Cadet ran a short out from the right slot on the team's first drive for five yards against man coverage. He was the target on a screen pass late in the second period, but was tackled for a five-yard loss in the left flat due to backfield penetration by the defense. Cadet ran a double move vertical route up the left sideline early in the second half, beating man coverage for a 25-yard gain. Cadet quickly turned around in the right flat for a three-yard gain midway through the fourth, as he was earned consistent playing time with the Saints passing every down. He received two more very shallow targets later in the drive as an extension of the running game. The scatback has earned consistent playing time but little fantasy value outside of deep PPR leagues.

2016 Week 6 vs CAR (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Cadet took an inside draw for three yards on the game's opening drive, his only carry of the day. He received a checkdown target on the following drive, but a seven yard-gain to the left flat fell two yards short of the necessary yardage on third down. Cadet came up big in New Orleans' two-minute drill to end the game. He started it off with a checkdown underneath the defense for nine yards to move the chains. Then, he caught two additional checkdowns for seven and four yards, respectively. He has earned trust in high-pressure situations.

2016 Week 7 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Cadet got open on a short swing pass to the right flat for his first touch of the day, a four-yard chain mover midway through the fourth quarter. He caught another checkdown later in the drive for three yards in the right flat. Cadet was called on a costly false start penalty on the following down. His primary role lies in the passing game.

2016 Week 8 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Cadet's lone touch came on a checkdown out of the backfield for seven yards underneath the defense.

2016 Week 9 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Cadet's lone catch came in his usual two-minute role on a dumpoff in the middle of the field for a gain of four.

2016 Week 10 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Cadet took a screen from the left flat for his first touch of the day on New Orleans' final possession before halftime, following his blockers back through the middle for six yards to set up a FG. Cadet ran a short crossing route underneath vertical routes from the TEs, taking advantage of the open space for a relatively easy 20 yards.

2016 Week 13 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)

Cadet got his first touch at the very end of the first half, a screen from the right flat that was well-blocked, gaining 17 yards and crucially ending out-of-bounds. He gained three on a screen midway through the fourth in the left flat. Cadet caught three of his passes in garbage time. They were a pair of checkdowns and a screen, going for four, 11 and 18 yards, respectively.

2016 Week 14 vs TB (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Cadet entered the game on NO's final drive of the first half, catching a short hitch on the left boundary and making his man miss with a spin move for 11 yards. Cadet dropped a potential TD later in the drive, breaking free of man coverage on a whip route but failing to haul it in. His lone carry was an inside give for a loss of one. He lined up as a WR early in the fourth quarter, running an out route to the right sideline, narrowly getting his feet in bounds for a ten-yard gain. Cadet came out of the backfield on his team's final drive on an option route, gaining five and critically getting OB. He earned three yards on a similar checkdown two plays later, but was taken down a yard short of the line to gain.

2016 Week 15 vs ARI (1 / 16 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec)

Cadet converted a first down on his first touch of the day, a short wheel route from the right slot for seven yards. He found the endzone later in the series, lining up as a receiver to the right side of the formation, he sold an inside route before breaking back outside and lunging to the GL for a 10-yard TD. He was the focus of New Orleans' desperation drive before halftime, catching two short passes for a total of six yards and then taking an inside handoff for 16 yards. Cadet's next action came early in the fourth quarter; he ran a short whip route on third-and-long but gained only seven to set up a FG.

2016 Week 16 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)

Midway through the first, Cadet lined up in the left slot and ran a short out route for five yards. He re-entered the game midway through the third period, running an angle route out of the backfield to gain decisive inside leverage on a LB for an easy 11-yard TD.

2016 Week 17 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)

Cadet ran a wheel route out of the backfield early in the fourth quarter, securing the catch up the left sideline for 11 yards. He was thrust into action in NO's two-minute drill late in the game, catching a checkdown in traffic over the middle for a gain of four. Cadet decisively beat a LB in the right flat out of the backfield, then lowering his shoulder and falling into the endzone for a three-yard TD.

2015 Week 15 vs CIN (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Initially, Cadet appeared to be the full-time replacement for Shaun Draughn, as he was on the field for every one of San Francisco's remaining first-half plays. To start the second half, however, coaches reduced his role to a mere third-down back. Given that they were in passing situations for that entire half (down 2 or more scores), and Cadet is a pass-catching back, the decision seems curious. Nothing on film indicated a major, bench-worthy error on Cadet's part, and he didn't appear to hurt himself. The only possible explanation is that all three of his first-half carries gained minimal yardage (including one nullified by holding), so coaches wanted to get a better runner on the field to maintain offensive balance, or at least the perception of it.

2015 Week 16 vs JAX (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 69 / 1 rec)

The newly-signed Cadet accrued his first reception late in the first quarter, a wheel route up the left sideline for 12 yards and a new set of downs. Cadet's lone rush came late in the first half, a pitch off left tackle for six into Jacksonville's red zone. In New Orleans' two-minute drill before halftime, he caught a pass in the right flat before following his blockers for 13 yards. Midway through the third, Cadet emerged once again with a wheel route up the left boundary to capitalize on a blown coverage for a 44-yard touchdown. He was able to return to his old stomping grounds and fill in for C.J. Spiller with relative ease.

2015 Week 17 vs ATL (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)

Cadet was busy out of the backfield on Sunday. His role began with what appeared to be a designed dump-off on New Orleans' second play from scrimmage for nine yards. Cadet's first carry began his team's second possession, a rush off right guard for seven yards. He won inside leverage with an option route out of the backfield on the following down, winning his matchup with a Falcon LB for 36 yards. An inside handoff for his third straight touch ended up losing a yard. He continued to gain yardage out of the backfield on their third drive with a reception while matched up with an Atlanta DE in the left flat for eight yards. Lining up in the slot two plays later, Cadet ran an out-route to the left sideline for a quick six yards against the Atlanta blitz. Early in the second half, Cadet continued to win inside leverage on option routes with a nine-yard reception. Cadet's next touch didn't come until it was fairly late in the final quarter, but he won his individual matchup on a LB out of the backfield on an arrow route for nine pivotal yards. However, on the very next down, he tried to show power as a runner through the middle of Atlanta's defense, but ended up coughing up the football for a costly fumble on Atlanta's one yard-line. Cadet served as a plus playmaker out of the backfield by consistently winning his individual matchups, and seems capable of doing just that as a depth option going forward.

2014 Week 1 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Cadet started the game and was targeted on the Saints' first play from scrimmage. He released out of the backfield catching a swing pass that gained five yards. He had no rushes in the game.

2014 Week 2 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Cadet got 11 snaps and lined up all over the field but never touched the ball. The Saints were set to run a quick pitch to Cadet on a crucial 3rd-and-5 in the final minutes of the game but the play was quickly whistled dead as the Saints sideline called timeout a split second before the snap. It looked to be a smart timeout by Sean Payton as Cadet appeared to have very little running room after receiving the option-style pitch from Brees.

2014 Week 4 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)

Cadet had a much bigger role than in previous weeks and not all of it can be attributed to the Saints playing from behind most of the game. He had three touches on the opening drive. On an early 2nd and 5, Cadet motioned out of the backfield into the slot and ran a crossing route. He caught the ball two yards short of the yard to gain but instead of diving forward for the first down, danced backwards and lost ground setting up a 3rd and 3 run on which he only gained one yard. Later in the game, Cadet lined up in the slot next to Colston and ran an out and up. The Safety bit on the underneath action to Colston leaving Cadet wide open streaking down the sideline for an easy 32-yard-gain.

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.

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.

2014 Week 9 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

With Robinson and Thomas still injured, Cadet was the clear #2 back behind Ingram playing 22 snaps. Unlike in past weeks, he did not share the backfield with another back at all (the Saints have had success with a 2-back set featuring Thomas and Cadet) but got plenty of opportunities out of the 1-back formation. Cadet was again effective as an outlet receiver. Cadet was unable to get loose for any big plays and did nothing with his two rushing attempts.

2014 Week 10 vs SF (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

It doesn't look like the Saints are going to give Cadet more than two or three carries per game anytime soon and thus his impact is pretty limited. Cadet looked pretty good on his rare opportunities to run the ball. He took a shotgun handoff, had no hole at all but stayed patient, did a jump cut to his left and then burst forward for a gain of eight yards. He showed a little bit of power to fall forward and gain the first down on the run as well.

2014 Week 11 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Cadet was again a non-factor as a runner, getting stoned at the line of scrimmage on his only rushing opportunity. He was able to do a nice job as an outlet receiver though he has not been able to make any big plays in that role. He shows nice speed and a little bit of wiggle, but has not been able to make guys miss in space to really break off any big gains.

2014 Week 12 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

The return of Pierre Thomas impacted Cadet's playing time in a major way as he only saw the field for 12% of the offensive snaps and made little impact.

2014 Week 13 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Cadet had two short catches, one out of the backfield and one in which he was lined up in the slot. Cadet remains a fantasy non-factor with Pierre Thomas healthy.

2014 Week 14 vs CAR (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Cadet got some touches late, as he was the primary RB for most of the Saints garbage time touchdown-drive in the middle of the 4th quarter. From a fantasy perspective, there is nothing to see here as Ingram and Thomas are ahead of Cadet in the Saints pecking order. Longer term, Cadet does not look physical enough to be anything but a bit player going forward.

2013 Week 6 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)

Travaris Cadet had not seen much playing time this season, but he was targeted on 3rd and goal to go and made the reception and then lunged into the end zone for the Saints' first score. He had no rushes and that was his only target.

2012 Week 10 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

The Appalachian State product filled the miniature cleats of Darren Sproles as best he could, catching two Drew Brees passes for sixteen yards on three targets. A useful receiving option out of the backfield, Cadet did not record a carry. He is likely to receive a similar workload - screens and dump offs - as long as Sproles remains out.

2012 Week 11 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Cadet took on a Darren Sproles-lite role on Sunday, getting three targets and catching two of them. Cadet's first target should have been a TD as he was left uncovered running up the sideline, but Brees badly underthrew him and he was unable to adjust to make the catch on the underthrown ball. Cadet's two catches came on the same play, just going to opposite sides of the field. A swing pass left first, coming on the play after his first target and picking up 17 yards on the play. Later Cadet would swing right and make a nice cut up field to pick up eight yards. Also filling Sproles' role on special teams, Cadet had a nice return to set up a TD on the opening drive of the 2nd half, taking the KO 75 yards to the Oakland 27-yard line.

2012 Week 15 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Cadet only registered one catch, for three yards. Insignificant as it was, it still was a nice play by Cadet as he made a one-handed grab as he was falling to the turf. With Sproles back in the mix, Cadet returned to his main role on special teams returning kickoffs.