Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrin Walls (30) tackles New Orleans Saints running back Travaris Cadet (39) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
These options sound great, but what is Sean Payton and co. wanted to shock everyone and not even try to find new talent to come in and be the next Darren Sproles? What if they actually just promoted from within?
Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas don’t really fit the bill here. They are all early down backs who are bigger, stronger backs. Thomas can catch the ball out of the backfield exceptionally well, but he doesn’t have the speed or running ability a Sproles brought to the table. Neither do Ingram or Robinson. That’s why the little known Travaris Cadet just might work out.
Payton alluded to the possibility recently, at least, suggesting there are several directions the Saints could be headed in to replace Sproles. However, the only one he dissected specifically was Cadet, who has just eight offensive touches to his name in his career. While clearly very inexperienced, Cadet has flashed raw ability in preseason action and has the speed and versatility needed to play the position.
Cadet is an interesting fourth option, but Payton being so loud about his potential role this early in the process suggests the Saints may have something up their sleeve. After all, if other teams looking for one of these potent scat-backs think the Saints are done searching for new running back talent for even a second, there’s a chance one or more could slide further in the draft, giving the Saints even greater value when they finally draft one.