Travaris Cadet - A Diamond In The Rough?

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Sunday Night:  Travaris Cadet became a household name for New Orleans Saints fans, making his mark like many young Black & Gold rookies have in past preseasons.  Though his 6 rushes against the Arizona Cardinals were certainly nothing special, he showcased his other skills.  He caught 8 passes for 80 yards, showing nice speed on a 24-yard gain, even notching his first professional score.

On 1 punt return, he showed his field vision, while gaining 21 yards.  His lone kick return was slightly better, at 28 yards.  All told, he had 129 all-purpose yards on the night.  I’d say not a bad performance, considering the fact that he wasn’t drafted.

Positives:  Outside of measurable stats, it’s sometimes nice to take a look at how a player looks overall.  Standing 6’1″ and weighing in at 210 pounds, Cadet is lean and defined.  He, like Sproles, keeps his legs constantly moving, always trying to fight for that extra yard.  He shows pretty good vision too, and a good ability to sidestep would-be tacklers.  It could be that I’m biased, but it looks as though he is determined – as he transferred twice before finding a place to showcase his skill set.  If he can stay motivated, I think he can continue to show coaches why he deserves a roster spot.

Negatives:  His frame, though quite well defined is thin in the lower half.  He certainly doesn’t possess the tree trunks that Sproles has, and sometimes can get tripped up by arm tackles.   His first reaction quickness is just average at this point, but his foot speed and burst are solid.

My Prediction:  Because Travaris Cadet has already overcome such hefty odds, I think he will at least be a practice squad add.  His jack-of-all-trades nature gives him a leg up on the competition.  If he continues with a solid body of work this preseason, it would be tough for the Saints not to at least take a long hard look at possibly even giving him a spot on the active roster.  It seems to me that the Who Dats have found another diamond in the rough.

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