Saints: Why Alvin Kamara can exceed 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2020
Alvin Kamara, the Saints’ three-time Pro Bowl running back and 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year, may have an absolute breakout season in 2020.
A fully healthy Alvin Kamara will bring out his best season in his contract year and finally exceed the 2,000 all-purpose yardage mark. If that’s a reality, the Saints could snag another 13-win season.
The shifty running back has caught his fame for thrilling highlights and being a threat in the running and receiving game. He was recently named the fourth-most elusive back in the NFL.
Kamara has eclipsed 1,500 total yards twice in his young career. He did it with only 201 touches in 2017, and then he did it with 275 touches in 2018. The Saints star player will be expected to have at least 270 total touches in 2020.
Kamara will vastly benefit by being back to 100%, after playing with an injured leg for the majority of 2019. The star running back was believed to be playing at 75%, and if you watched the games, it was clear he wasn’t at full strength.
A healthy Kamara with three years under his belt, going into his contract season, should unfold to be the best year of his young career. Kamara will be running behind an improved offensive line with the addition of Caesar Ruiz.
It’s assumed that Ruiz will slot in at the starting center position, allowing McCoy to flex his strength more at guard. The other starting guard, Andrus Peat, will return to full health, and the Saints interior running blocking, with these healthy starters, should be the best that we’ve seen since 2010.
Outside of the improvements upfront, Emmanuel Sanders is coming over to be another receiving threat for Drew Brees. Sanders will help Thomas open up the field more for Alvin Kamara, and he should exploit that with routes through the middle and running the ball with fewer defenders in the box.
The Saints offense will be asked to put up more points in 2020 as well.
They play Tom Brady twice, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes, so Brees will be using all of his weapons more in 2020. Kamara will be getting more screen passes, possibly kick returns, and he will try his best to capture the moment.
All in all, Alvin Kamara will have the biggest motivation in his career by playing in his contract year. He will look to break the biggest contract held by Panthers running back, Christian McCaffrey, and pull out his career season in 2020.