If you want your team in the Super Bowl you’re going to need a dominant defense and a powerful running game.
If you take a look at the National Football League’s past and the recent teams that have made it to the Super Bowl, what did those teams have in common? One answer here folks, a dominant running game. Look at last year for example. Regrettably, the Atlanta Falcons made the Super Bowl in 2017, but ultimately blew a 28-3 lead. Consequently, they used a nice tandem of Devonte Freeman, and Tevin Coleman in their backfield throughout the season. The New England Patriots were no different. The Patriots effectively used LaGarrette Blount and company, as the Patriots acquired the organization’s fifth Lombardi Trophy.
First and Foremost, if the Saints manage to fix the rest the team’s general issues, don’t be surprised if the Saints rely heavily on their running backs. To be frank, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Saints went this route. Although the New Orleans Saints have a magnificent magician at quarterback, the talent the team possesses in the backfield right now is unreal. Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the running backs who are lining up next to Drew Brees.
The Saints starting running back has a unique dynamic that’ll help the Saints this season. Ingram accomplished his first 1,000-yard season last year. Ironically, it was only the only second time since Deuce McAllister in 2006. Mark Ingram looks to bring the momentum and heat from last season into this year with some extra added company. Ingram himself had an impressive season last year totaling 1,043 yards on 205 attempts, and six touchdowns. Moreover, he averaged an impressive 5.1 yards per carry. As phenomenal as those rushing accomplishments were, Ingram was also useful in catching passes totaling 319 yards on 46 receptions along with four touchdowns. Mark Ingram is the first and main running back who’ll most likely receive the biggest portion of snaps come next season.
The New Orleans Saints acquired an amazing backup for Mark Ingram after losing RB Tim Hightower to the San Francisco 49ers. Adrian Peterson, despite being in his early thirties possesses not only years of knowledge, but plenty of skills and techniques to aid the Saints. It could be argued that this new pairing of Peterson and Ingram is a sure fire 1-2 punch for the Saints. Adrian Peterson is a dynamic explosive running back that’ll do wonders for the Saints similar to what the back accomplished in Minnesota for some time. In his career with the National Football League, Adrian Peterson has totaled 11,747 yards on 2,418 carries, 97 touchdowns, and an average of 4.9 yards per carry.
The long awaited running back who will serve the purpose as former Saints back Darren Sproles did, the scatback position. For those of you that don’t know what the scatback is. It’s defined as a running back who is used more for his speed, athletic ability, and quickness. Above all, Kamura will be utilized for size and strength like a typical hard-hitting running back would.
Alvin Kamara could be the final piece in Sean Payton’s offensive puzzle that allows the New Orleans Saints to flourish beyond comprehension. Kamara’s speed, quickness, and playmaking ability allowed success at his college at Tennessee. This success WILL allow him to prosper in New Orleans guaranteed. At Tennessee, Kamara produced 1,294 yards rushing on 210 attempts to go along with 16 total rushing touchdowns. As far as receiving goes, Kamara caught 74 passes for 683 yards and seven touchdowns.
Next, let’s take a look at what wide receivers Drew Brees will be throwing to.