Alvin Kamara was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft and was expected to be a very solid third-down running back. Instead, he has become one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL and has become the most dangerous running back in the league.
Following the Saints’ 31-21 win over the Carolina Panthers, Kamara once again showed that no matter how good the opposing defense is, they simply cannot stop him. He finished the game with 60 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries, while also catching five passes for 66 yards.
Throughout the course of the season, Kamara has now rushed for 606 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 59 receptions for 614 yards and four touchdowns.
New Orleans was not expected to be a serious contender in the NFC this season at the beginning of the year. They are now 9-3 and have sole possession of the No.1 spot in the NFC South. It certainly seems like the Saints are not only a playoff contender, but they are also a Super Bowl contender.
— NFL (@NFL) December 3, 2017
Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play, but has not been asked to shoulder the bulk of the offense. New Orleans has seen Mark Ingram take over the starting role following the trade of Adrian Peterson earlier this season, with Kamara being a perfect compliment and a capable starting back himself if needed.
At just 22 years of age, Kamara has transformed the Saints offense and is the biggest reason that the team’s offense is playing at the level they are at.
Looking around the NFL, Kamara has some tough competition for being the league’s most dynamic back. Todd Gurley has had an excellent season for the Los Angeles Rams, while Kareem Hunt and Le’Veon Bell are also in the conversation.
That being said, Kamara has been the most consistent and dominant two-way playmaker at the running back position all season long.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 3, 2017
There were some concerns coming into the season about Kamara’s ability to withstand the beating of an NFL season. He has answered those questions by taking big hits, trucking defenders, and staying on the field without a problem. New Orleans has depended on him time and time again to come through in clutch situations and he has been able to step up to the challenge.
It will be interesting to see how the Saints finish the regular season and whether they can be a serious threat to the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles come playoff time. There are still some who doubt the Saints, but with each passing week that has become harder to do.
Kamara may not be the “best” running back in the NFL, but he has certainly become the league’s most dynamic running back and he still has plenty of room to grow and develop over the next few years.