Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Travaris Cadet (39) is tackled by Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Lions defeated the Saints 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
After RB Pierre Thomas dominated against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the shoulder injury he suffered in Detroit may seem a bit frustrating. He looked like he was going to be a big part of the New Orleans Saints offense for the remainder of the season, but the loss may not be all that bad.
With Thomas now sidelined for the next 2-3 weeks, it’s time for Travaris Cadet to step into the batter’s box. During training camp and preseason, it seemed as if Cadet was going to absorb the Darren Sproles role as a pass catcher out of the backfield, but the Saints have failed to utilize him on a regular basis.
He does, however, have more touches in 2014 than his first two years combined with three rushes for 10 yards and 16 receptions for 134 yards and a score. For the next few weeks Cadet’s touches could be in line for a considerable increase. While Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will be handling most, if not all the carries, Cadet should still have a bigger than normal function within the offense.
After Pierre was knocked out of last week’s contest, Travaris put up 51 yards on six catches. His versatility and hands as a receiver out of the backfield are undeniable. His top-end speed and acceleration fabricate him into a grave threat to opposing defenders in the open field.
Already losing a fumble this season, ball security can indeed be an issue, as it has been in the past, so tucking away and keeping the pigskin protected is obviously crucial. The Saints especially can’t afford to give up turnovers against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The former Appalachian State product could be a potential go-to-guy for Drew Brees if the quarterback needs to dump the ball off, especially on third downs. Averaging 8.4 yards per catch out of the backfield, it will certainly be interesting to see how head coach Sean Payton and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael make use of their young weapon over the next several weeks.