If you think about a high-profile position who battles nagging injures and is seen as an underpaid component in the NFL, then running back might be the thought that comes to mind. Kamara may be the next highly decorated running back to follow in Todd Gurley’s footsteps by leaving his team.
Like Marshon Lattimore, we haven’t seen the same version of Kamara presented in his rookie year. In his rookie campaign, Kamara averaged 6.1 yards per carry. In 2019, he averaged 4.7 YPC, but it didn’t even seem justifiable to state that.
Against Minneapolis in the playoff outing, Kamara averaged 3.0 YPC and 21 total yards.
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In the Saints’ second-biggest contest against San Francisco, Kamara averaged 1.9 YPC. Those stats don’t bode well on the big stage to compliment Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees and Offensive Player of the Year, WR Michael Thomas.
Kamara needs to flash the skill set he brought in 2017, where he was hurdling defenders and making big plays out of a lost cause. Sean Payton needs to figure out if he needs to lose the bulk he put on to maintain a workload in 2019 because the 2017 Alvin Kamara has to surface soon.
Alvin Kamara could put up 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns and make his fourth Pro Bowl.
That doesn’t mean that Sean Payton wants to pay top dollar for that performance when Payton may want a workhorse running back because Brees will retire soon and there’s plenty of late-round picks who do well at the running back position.
Kamara may need to put up around 1,600 all-purpose yards again if he doesn’t want to be the next Saints star to get traded or released.
Let’s take a look at the next Saints star who could leave the Big Easy in 2021.