New Orleans Saints: breaking down the loaded stable of backs

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Mark Ingram
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Mark Ingram /
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Future Hall-of-Famer Adrian Peterson, former Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram and electric rookie Alvin Kamara headline the 2017 New Orleans Saints stable of backs. What can Who Dat Nation expect going forward?

One of the hottest, if not the hottest, positions in New Orleans thus far in the preseason seems to be running back. It’s star-studded, beginning with 2011 Saints first-round pick Mark Ingram. Despite being injury-plagued his first six seasons he has shown, when healthy, to be a productive back. In 2016, his first full season since 2012, Ingram eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards with 6 touchdowns. He also added 46 receptions for 319 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Next in the pecking order, though listed as the co-starter beside Ingram, is future Hall-of-Famer Adrian Peterson. His talent is unquestioned but at age 32 and coming off a torn meniscus, how much does he really have left in the tank? After watching Saints-Chargers joint practices last week, former Chargers head coach Norv Turner believes Peterson is “certainly [capable] of defying the odds”.

Alvin Kamara #6 of the Tennessee Volunteers avoids a tackle by Drew Smith #55 of the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half of the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Alvin Kamara #6 of the Tennessee Volunteers avoids a tackle by Drew Smith #55 of the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half of the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /

Third we have Alvin Kamara, the rookie out of Tennessee. The 2017 NFL Draft presented a deep running back class and he was popularly considered a top talent. He’s an explosive player with a solid combination of strength and speed. A popular comparison made is between him and former Saints running back Reggie Bush. Both are electric players who also contribute greatly as receivers, an aspect heavily involved in the Sean Payton’s potent offense.

Upon a closer look, we can see that this backfield has some sorting out to do in the near future.

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