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RB Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

5-10, 214Born: 7-25-1995College: TennesseeDrafted: Round 3

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17 at TB 31 9 44 1 7 6 84 0 0 18.8
18 vs CAR 37 10 23 1 3 1 10 0 0 9.3
19 at MIN 45 11 43 0 7 4 62 1 0 16.5

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 19 vs MIN (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 62 / 1 rec)

The vaunted New Orleans rushing attack has been nonexistent in the playoffs. Neither running back ran for more than 45 yards and the team combined for less than 100 total yards on the ground. Kamara had 1 more carry than Ingram and 4 more touches total. He had slightly more success with a 3.9 yards per carry average, but that is far from his season average. Kamara's longest run of the day was 10 yards, but most of his damage came through the air. Kamara caught a 14-yard wheel route from Brees for the final Saints touchdown and a brief lead. The rookie running back worked the wheel underneath 2 post routes and was able to outrun his linebacker in coverage for an easy touchdown. There was a very similar play in the second half where Kamara leaked out on a wide receiver pass, but Willie Snead overthrew him for what would have been an easy touchdown. Kamara seems to be the back of the future in New Orleans and it will be interesting to see how much his role increases next season.

2017 Week 18 vs CAR (10 / 23 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Just like Ingram, Kamara had a game he would soon like to forget. He out-touched Ingram 11-10 and did get the call in a goal to go situation for the touchdown, but he only had 10 carries and averaged 2.3 yards per carry. The rookie backís longest run of the day was a tough 5 yards up the middle and the touchdown came from 2 yards out. Kamara did not even play a big role in the passing game as he only caught 1 of 3 targets for 10 yards. The Panthers talked all week about how they planned to stop the run and that was the only thing their defense succeeded to do. Look for the Saints to try and get back to running the ball next week against the Vikings.

2017 Week 17 vs TB (9 / 44 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 84 / 0 rec)

This could be the week that Kamara finally takes over and forces the Saints to give him more touches. He had the big 106-yard kick return to electrify the crowd and breathe life back into the Saints offense. He also added 84 yards through the air, almost half of which came on a single catch and run down the sideline for 40 yards. Kamara had 4 fewer carries than Ingram and still had 9 more yards on the ground as well. The touch distribution was closer to 50/50 than it has been at any other point during the season. Kamara was the most productive Saint on the offensive side of the ball this week and should have cemented his offensive rookie of the year candidacy. Kamaraís second touchdown came on a 7-yard rumble up the middle after a big gain from Michael Thomas in the passing game. This is where Ingram usually gets the ball, but Kamara was used on 4 straight plays in the red zone for the touchdown.

2017 Week 16 vs ATL (12 / 32 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)

This was not a great rushing game for anyone, but Kamara struggled immensely. Ingram was able to break one big play and get into the end zone, while Kamara could not get free and was beat up all night. Almost half of his rushing yards came on a single play and he barely surpassed 30 rushing yards on the day. Kamara did lead the team in targets with 9 and broke a big play for 25 yards and accounted for almost half of his receiving yards. It is rare to see a running back lead a team in targets, especially one that has Michael Thomas. Kamara is just short of 700 yards on the season with 7 rushing touchdowns and will have one more week against Tampa Bay to cement his offensive rookie of the year candidacy.

2017 Week 15 vs NYJ (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 45 / 1 rec)

After suffering a concussion last week and having to exit the game, Kamara cleared protocol and was back to splitting time in the Saints backfield this week. It was interesting to hear that the coaching staff went back to look at old film of Reggie Bush to find ways to best use Kamara in the Saints offense. The rookie running back had 1 more touch than Ingram but did not rip off the same big plays that he did. Kamara did add a 10-yard catch and run touchdown, but only managed a 12-yard rush as his long and 29 of his 45 receiving yards came on a single play. The touch distribution shows the coaching staff's trust in Kamara and their belief that he is totally healthy. The Saints have a two-headed rushing attack that will be difficult to stop for any team in the playoffs.

2017 Week 14 vs ATL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Things were looking to be business as usual for Kamara until he took a shot to the head and was taken off the field as part of the concussion protocol. Kamara was taken to the locker room to be evaluated and then was not seen again for the rest of the game. This was a huge loss for a Saints offense that has embraced Kamara in the Darren Sproles role of a few years ago. Kamara already had a 23-yard reception before leaving with an injury that changed the entire face of this game.

2017 Week 13 vs CAR (9 / 60 / 2 rush, 6 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)

Kamara was rewarded for his big week last week and given the first carry of the game today. This was most likely more of a game script thing and has nothing to do with who the starter is and so on. Kamara got the first carry but Ingram came in and took the second, but it is worth noting with the success Kamara has been having. Kamara also outgained Ingram in total yards and found the end zone twice today. It was Ingram who broke the big play, but Kamara was consistent and more effective overall this week. The first touchdown came on 4th and 2 from the Carolina 2 after Ingram had failed to get in and a Drew Brees pass was stopped for no gain. Kamara was able to scamper off the right end and into the end zone for an easy score. The second touchdown was the highlight reel run after he broke for 20 yards off the right end and into the end zone for the Saints final touchdown of the day. Kamara also caught 5 of his 6 targets and had 9 carries. This puts the touch distribution at 15 for Kamara and 21 for Ingram. If Kamara continues to produce, this number will start getting closer as the season winds down.

2017 Week 12 vs LAR (5 / 87 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 101 / 1 rec)

Kamara seemed to be the only Saint who had any success on offense. Kamara lead the team in both rushing and receiving this week and accounted for both touchdowns. The first touchdown came on a 74-yard burst off the right guard where he outran the entire defense. Kamara was not touched during his long run, but it was the only success he would find on the ground for the rest of the day. Kamara only managed 4 carries for 13 yards outside of that rush. The real success was in the passing game as he was the only receiver with over 100 yards this week. He also added a garbage time touchdown with :42 left on the clock. This was another case where he was not touched by the defense, catching the underneath route in soft coverage. Throw in a 33-yard reception to help setup a field goal and Kamara had the best all-around day of any Saint. It will be interesting to see if Kamara gets any extra work with Ingram banged up and the success he had this week.

2017 Week 11 vs WAS (8 / 42 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 74 / 1 rec)

Much like the rest of the Saints offense, Kamara did most of his damage in the fourth quarter as heading into the fourth quarter Kamara had just 43 yards heading into the quarter. Kamara was shut down early as five of his eight touches went for two yards or less in the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Kamara erupted as he had three receptions for 48 yards including a touchdown in which he showed off his hands as the ball popped up into the air and Kamara was able to catch it and elude three tacklers on some very poor tackling by the Redskins secondary.

2017 Week 10 vs BUF (12 / 106 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)

The Saints have built a two-headed rushing attack that is quickly surpassing everyone else in the league. Kamara has come in and established himself from day 1 and shows no signs of slowing down. Kamara's biggest asset is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. In a game where passing yards were a premium, Kamara was the only running back to register a catch. He caught all 5 of his targets and ranked only behind Michael Thomas in both yards and targets. Kamara's biggest plays came on the first drive of the second half. After taking the ball 19 yards off the right end and being pushed out of bounds on the 5-yard line, Kamara promptly took the next hand off the last 5 yards into the end zone with the exact same play on the next snap. Kamara had the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, the most rushing attempts of his career, and a rushing touchdown for the third consecutive week.

2017 Week 9 vs TB (10 / 68 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 84 / 1 rec)

Mark Ingram has been the lead back all season, but Kamara is quickly catching up. The rookie running back has taken almost every share of third down and passing game work from Ingram and is making the most of every opportunity. If there is one knock from the game today it was the fumble Kamara lost. This is the same issue that plagued Ingram last week and not something you want to do if you are looking to win the starting job. However, a 33-yard receiving touchdown will help to win you some points back. Kamara took the ball 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage and then would not be denied by any defender on his way to the end zone. Kamara broke several tackles in route to the game's first offensive touchdown. His rushing touchdown came on a 6-yard score after a 33-yard rush by Ingram. It was interesting to see Kamara get the goal line work after Ingram did most of the work to get them down the field and already had 3 plays to rest between attempts. This may be a message sent by the coaching staff or could be a changing of the guard in the New Orleans backfield.

2017 Week 8 vs CHI (8 / 28 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

The workload continues to heavily favor Mark Ingram, but Kamara continues to make the most of his touches. Ingram outpaced him in almost every category except for receiving yards today. Even with twice as many receptions, Kamara still doubled up on Ingram's yards through the air. The biggest stat to also go in his favor was not fumbling the ball as Ingram put it on the ground twice. Kamara was also given a gift of a touchdown today in a situation that rarely happens. After being stopped on third down in the red zone, the Bears jumped offside and nullified the successful field goal with a new set of downs. Kamara promptly took the ball 8-yards off the left end for a touchdown. This is normally Mark Ingram territory, but the Saints had lined up in a spread look and Kamara continues to play in more passing situations. He did not have much success on the ground outside of this play but did add a 34-yard reception for a critical first down.

2017 Week 7 vs GB (9 / 57 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

Kamara saw a steep decline in his rushing attempts this week as he was outpaced by Ingram 22-9. The rookie running back is seeing a shift in third down and pass-catching work in his favor, however. Kamara saw 7 targets to Ingram's 5 and did a lot more damage overall. Kamara helped to set up a field goal in the 4th quarter with a 19-yard rush right through the middle of the defense. Kamara was not touched until he reached the secondary and this run helped to put the Saints back on top late in the game. His biggest pass play came on the Saints' first drive with a 24-yard catch and run down the sideline. Unfortunately, this drive ended with a Brees' interception, but Kamara continues to show his value in the passing game. The Saints have established that Mark Ingram is going to be the lead back and see the majority of the carries, but Kamara is the clear second back and will continue to see more work if his productivity continues.

2017 Week 6 vs DET (10 / 75 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)

It could be argued the Kamara actually had a better day running the ball than Mark Ingram, but the coaching staff favored Ingram in touches 2 to 1. The rookie back averaged 7.5 yards per carry and ripped off a 21-yard run off the left end. Kamara's biggest asset has come in the passing game but he was ever out-targeted by Ingram 5 to 4. The Saints have never been a rushing team but have shown who they want to move forward with. Ingram is going to be the clear starting back but it looks like the coaching staff is going to feed the hot hand game to game.

2017 Week 4 vs MIA (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 10 / 10 / 71 / 1 rec)

The Saints offense went through Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara today. The rookie running back has shown he can run through the tackles and catch the ball out of the backfield. Kamara was second to only Michael Thomas with 10 targets and managed to catch all of them. The big touchdown play came on a 12-yard shovel pass that Kamara was able to get into the end zone. Brees took the snap from the shotgun with Kamara and Ingram to his sides. The initial fake went to Ingram and the eventual shovel pass to Kamara who was able to weave his way through the defense for a touchdown. The Saints have talked about how much they want to use Kamara and he has seen his role increase almost every week. If the Saints decide to move on from Peterson, Kamara will be the biggest beneficiary.

2017 Week 3 vs CAR (2 / 37 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)

The Saints' front office keeps talking about how much they like the versatile Kamara and how his role in the offense is going to increase. However, the rookie running back was only given two carries this week despite the Saints holding a lead for almost the entire game. Kamara did a lot of damage on those two carries with a 25-yard touchdown run and another 12-yard carry for a first down. Kamara's touchdown came on a stretch play to the right side where he outran the defensive end to the corner and then down the sideline and into the end zone. Kamara was not touched until he reached the pylon but still tiptoed into the end zone. If he can keep up this success, we will see his usage increase week to week.

2017 Week 2 vs NE (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)

The Saints talked about how they were going to make Alvin Kamara a bigger part of their game plan as the season went on. The rookie had a decent showing week one but was only given one rush attempt today. The rookie did get his chance in the passing game with 7 targets but did not do as much damage as he could have. Kamara has some issues catching the ball as he was looking downfield before securing the ball. The Saints have shown no commitment to any back on the ground, but they do seem to like Kamara in passing situations.

2017 Week 1 vs MIN (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

To make the Saints backfield situation even more complicated, the rookie out of Tennessee lead the team in rushing attempts tonight. He was not any more effective than either Ingram or Peterson, but did manage one more carry than both backs and played a role in the passing game. Head coach Sean Peyton showed a willingness to use the rookie and we could see his role expand if the discord between Peyton and Peterson grows.


Latest News

Saints | Alvin Kamara named Rookie of the Year (Sat Feb 3, 09:24 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara was named the 2017 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Saturday, Feb. 3.

Our View: Kamara was definitely the fantasy rookie of the year, and he should go in the first round, possibly even top five of 2018 drafts.
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