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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The New Orleans Saints have been adamant that they won’t put too much of the workload on Alvin Kamara’s shoulders but that’s going to change once the regular season gets here. The Saints know they have a group of players that have Super Bowl potential and in order to keep the good momentum rolling they’ll need to rely on Kamara heavily. Those first four games without Mark Ingram (suspension) will be tough to deal with. Expect Kamara to be unleashed at some point and you really can’t blame Sean Payton for that. If Kamara wants to be a lead back in the NFL someday he’s going to have to rise up to expectations and be an every down player. We all know he has the speed and vision to make it happen but the question is can he hold up durability wise? When you’re a workhorse in the NFL those hits start to take a toll on your body. New Orleans would like to avoid burning Alvin Kamara out but keep in mind Ingram will eventually return to the line up. With that in mind there’s no point in holding back with Kamara. If the Saints want to come out of those first four games with an upbeat attitude they’ll need to trust the second year running back (Kamara) to make plays out of the backfield for them. A lot of the offense is going to funnel through Drew Brees anyway so that is already going make life easier for the Saints running backs. Once Ingram and Kamara are both available that’s when this offense has a chance to take the next step. Really it’s all about keeping this team afloat until that fifth game. You have to believe there’s enough firepower on this roster to do so and all signs are pointing upward for NOLA even if Ingram will be sidelined for some pivotal moments. Expect Kamara’s numbers to significantly increase as well.
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