Homecoming: Travaris Cadet has career day in first game back with Saints


Travaris Cadet, who the New Orleans Saints parted ways this past offseason, was re-signed earlier this week.  He had arguably the best game of his NFL career Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Running back Travaris Cadet played a big part in Sunday’s steamrolling over the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ defense after the New Orleans Saints blew up with 38 points.  Cadet added to the damage, totaling a career-high 69 receiving yards on three catches, one going for a 44-yard touchdown — the third score and longest of his four-year career.

After parting ways with his former team this past offseason, Travaris Cadet rejoined the Saints following his claim off waivers two days before Christmas.  Cadet became fair game in the open market after the Saints failed to place a tender on the restricted free agent.  He was signed by the New England Patriots in March, released in late September, then picked up by the San Francisco 49ers, who waived him last Monday.

The Saints signed Travaris Cadet as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State in 2012.  In three season with New Orleans, he totaled just 11 rushes for 37 yards, but added 45 receptions for 347 yards and two touchdowns.

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His best year came in 2014 after he became a significant contributor in the passing game, accumulating 38 catches for 296 yards and a score.  He also spent time as a return man.

With season-ending injuries to Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, the Saints have shifted the majority of their trust to veteran Tim Hightower, who also exploded against Jacksonville. C.J. Spiller continues to struggle with minimum playing time and was a healthy scratch on Sunday, which means he’ll likely be gone next season, despite three more years on his current contract.

But the man of the hour is Cadet.  It was great to see him come back and have a big game.  You never know — another big performance next week could make the Saints rethink their past decision to part ways with him.  He could be a cheap option in the passing game next season, especially if the team decides to cut ties with Spiller.  Have a day, Travaris Cadet, and welcome home.