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RB Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Kamara was involved more as a downfield receiver for Drew Brees, but Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram aren't going away. He'll be part of a three-way committee that won't be getting on track very often if the Saints defense continues to spot big leads to opponents. He's worth carrying on your bench to see how this sorts itself out.

Week 3: at Carolina Panthers

All RB vs CAR

FBG says: Bad matchup. The Saints have been mired in negative game script for virtually all of their 2017 season, so we can't draw much usable data from their first two weeks. But the projection outlook isn't good. The team is banged up along the offensive line, missing both starting tackles and pushing reserve guard Senio Kelemete into the lineup in Week 2. Aside from a 28-yard rumble on last week's final snap, neither Mark Ingram nor Adrian Peterson has recorded a run of more than 9 yards. Still, their biggest enemy thus far has been game flow. Neither Ingram nor Peterson is ideally suited for spread-it-out passing-down work, but both can still be effective with a positive game script. Unfortunately, the Saints currently sit as six-point underdogs in Carolina, and neither starting tackle is expected back. Expect another long day as the team tries desperately to get their backs on track. The Panthers are fresh off a dominant Week 2 performance that saw Buffalo's LeSean McCoy manage a pitiful 9 yards on 12 rushes. They're simply dominating the trenches; since the first quarter of Week 1, they've allowed running backs just 28 yards on 22 carries. Linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis remain true forces in pursuit and tackling, and it's safe to expect strong success against the Saints' banged-up line. Simply put, it's hard to picture an avenue by which the Saints are able to create anything gainful on the ground.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at MIN 31 7 18 0 6 4 20 0 0 3.8
2 vs NE 17 1 3 0 7 3 51 0 0 5.4
3 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 4 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 5 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 totals 54 yards (Sun Sep 17, 10:00 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed once for three yards in Week 2 against the Patriots while adding three receptions for 51 yards on seven targets.

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Saints | Alvin Kamara leads Saints RBs in snaps (Mon Sep 11, 11:08 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara led all running backs on the team with 31 snaps in their Week 1 game Monday, Sept. 11, against the Minnesota Vikings. He ended up with seven carries for 18 yards, while he also managed to reel in four of his six targets in the passing game for 20 yards.

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