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Author: Jon Kuzma
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It was surprising when the New Orleans Saints started Mark Ingram after his four game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. Alvin Kamara scored 6 touchdowns during Ingram’s absence and this offense seemed to have another gear when the scatback was on the field.
Now that Ingram is gone it’ll be exciting to see if Kamara can maintain that high level of output? Of course the biggest obstacle for him will be whether or not he can stay healthy for a 16 game schedule? Being the bell cow means more touches but that also means Kamara will take on more punishment. However where the Saints get a huge boost is in the big play category. Kamara can slash defenses on the ground with his speed, quickness, and agility. What’s surprising about the 23 year old is how many runs of his went up the gut. Most of the time we think about Alvin Kamara catching passes out the backfield and making a few defenders miss. Not only did he have a bunch of dives right up the middle but he also lowered his head and boomed a couple of linebackers. Which tells you how strong this guy is and now we get to see him carry this team on his back. Oh yeah by the way he had 14 touchdowns once everything was said and done a year ago. That number could spike with some additional carries.
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The Saints offense is more explosive with Alvin Kamara is the bell cow.