New Orleans Saints: Payton expects the best still to come from Kamara
Does New Orleans Saints’ running back Alvin Kamara have his best football ahead of him? Head coach Sean Payton thinks so.
The New Orleans Saints have already clinched a playoff spot so this season isn’t necessarily a disappointment, but for Alvin Kamara, it’s hard to say he’s topped either of his two previous seasons.
Missing a few games with injury, his inability to really find a rhythm within most games is a cause for concern. However, it’s more than just not finding his rhythm. It feels like Kamara hasn’t been as involved in the offense this season as compared to last.
Payton isn’t worrying though, knowing Kamara’s best football this season is still on the way.
“Each week, there’s a different way that it unfolds. He’s too talented a player. I’m seeing everything in practice, the way he prepares. His best football this season’s ahead of him,” Payton said during his weekly media availability.
He’s right. Hopefully.
With Latavius Murray being used more often and a historic season from Michael Thomas on the way, the Saints may opt to continue the course they’re on. At the same time, Kamara has been given ample opportunity for success.
Kamara has seen over ten carries in every game this season outside of a brutal Week 10 loss to Atlanta.
On top of those touches, Kamara is targeted heavily in the pass game. He has three games in which he’s seen double-figure targets as well. In all but two games, Kamara has seen at least five targets. He is being used, but he must find a way to get more yardage.
Overall, the third-year back has the talent to make a huge impact on the Saints. It just hasn’t clicked yet this season. The talent that Kamara has shown in past seasons is elite. He just hasn’t put it together so far this season.
Thankfully, Payton still has faith in the dynamic and versatile running back.
The New Orleans Saints have a dynamic offense, and they’ll need every ounce of Kamara’s talent in order to make it to the Super Bowl.