2014 Recipe For Success: The Ground Game

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Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles & Travaris Cadet

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten Pierre Thomas and the rest of the gang. Ingram and Robinson are the main ingredients but you need to add a few more for the recipe to be successful. Thomas and Sproles will add some spicy unpredictability to the backfield. Well, only PT actually. We all know Sproles is out there to catch the ball: he had 53 rushing attempts while Thomas led the team with 147. Both had 70+ receptions in 2013, averaging 8.51 (Sproles) and 6.66 (PT) yds/rec.

Despite their age they’re still a big part of this offense, even if their time on the field will inevitably decrease. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing: for how good they still are, the Saints need to give younger guys a chance to play during real games and not just give them practice snaps.

When you have five running backs on the roster it’s difficult to earn playing time. Cadet has been the goat last season: he only saw the field in kickoff/punt situations as an alternative to Darren Sproles. He made two noteworthy plays: a big one against San Francisco (a 82-yards kick return) and a bad one against Seattle in the playoff game (the infamous last-second lateral pass by Colston was directed to him and he was way out of position). I wouldn’t be surprised if they let him go during the offseason.

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