The Pro Bowl rosters are out, and seven New Orleans Saints were elected. Superstar running back Alvin Kamara was not one of the seven.
The New Orleans Saints will have seven players representing their elite roster in Orlando this season.
The Saints’ five Pro Bowler starters are wide receiver Michael Thomas, defensive end Cameron Jordan, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, kicker Wil Lutz, and rookie return specialist Deonte Harris. Tackle Terron Armstead and quarterback Drew Brees also made the team as backups.
Those seven lead the NFC.
However, if you noticed, there was one of the Saints’ most dynamic players left off the list. That’d be none other than Alvin Kamara, the team’s running back who had been to the Pro Bowl his last two seasons.
This season, it was Dalvin Cook who stepped up in a big way and replaced Kamara. Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey and Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott were the other two locks with Cook being the team’s starting back.
Kamara is one of the best backs in the NFC, but he wasn’t actually snubbed. It’d be a snub if Kamara actually deserved his spot. His use in the offense and his numbers this season tell a different story.
Through 12 games, only eight of which he started, Kamara has 678 yards on the ground and another 485 through the air. Those are both far behind his pace last season and he’d need over 200 all-purpose yards in the team’s last two games to push his numbers from last season.
There are many reasons why Kamara hasn’t produced similar numbers. For starters, he’s been sidelined three games, but on top of that, Kamara has struggled to get going, scoring just one touchdown all season. He had 14 last year.
The Saints, if they plan to actually make a quality Super Bowl run, need Kamara to be more involved. Right now, it’s Latavius Murray who is trending up. Kamara must perform better in the near future to regain his rhythm heading into the postseason.