New Orleans Saints: Alvin Kamara breaking his TD drought is reason for hope
What will this mean going forward?
After his performance against Tennessee, Kamara commented on a screen that he took for a first down by saying, “I think that was one of those plays that I’m used to having that I just haven’t had these last couple of weeks. Just a little healthier and feeling better.”
Kamara has had plenty of time to heal now and was not forced into the lion’s share of carries to pressure his injury. All of that patience appears to finally be paying off.
Along with his 80 rushing yards, which is his second-highest rushing total on the season, Kamara just seemed to be more energetic and electric on the field again. On the Saints’ first touchdown of the game, it was Kamara who made the crucial downfield block on the safety to allow Jared Cook to get into the end zone easily.
Big plays like that and having his longest run since Week 4 of last season are good for Kamara’s mentality more than anything.
It can be difficult for a player to return to their normal form when they can’t do everything they were able to before an injury.
Kamara was one of two players who was projected to have the chance to break 1,000 yards rushing and receiving this season along with Christian McCaffery. Having such high expectations and being unable to deliver due to physical limitations can be detrimental to a player’s confidence.
After a bounce-back game and more time to let his body heal, Kamara seems to be in the right mind space to keep growing and follow this performance with another one in the final week of the regular season.