The New Orleans Saints have two wins, both of which have partially come on the back of absolutely terrific Alvin Kamara performances.
Through four games, Alvin Kamara has proven to be one of the best running backs in the NFL.
While his yards per carry rank 14th in the NFL, it’s his pass-catching ability that has really taken off. That, and his ability to get in the end zone have been shocking revelations. Did we know Kamara was one of the best all-purpose backs? Yes.
But, did anyone forecast that he’d have over 80 receiving yards per game through the first four games. He ranks 11th for receiving yards in the NFL and is the only running back to be ranked within the top 50.
On top of that, he’s been getting into the end zone. He has seven touchdowns and three two-touchdown performances. Last season, while he was clearly hampered and not at 100 percent for the bulk of the year, he had just six. He’s four games into the 2020 season and has seven.
That difference is something every fan should clearly be able to tell. Kamara, after signing his long-term, high-value extension, is getting after it, much like Michael Thomas. For that, he’s been placed on the All-Pro Second-Team by Pro Football Focus.
If we’re honest, there is quite a big case to make that he should be considered the best overall running back. Dalvin Cook was the First-Team running back. He has an eighth as many receiving yards and fewer touchdowns, although Cook is leading the league in rushing yards so that helps.
That said, Kamara’s completely changed the public opinion of him after his 2019 campaign. He’s been the one reason the Saints have stayed lethal on offense despite Michael Thomas having missed multiple games with a high-ankle sprain.
Kamara, against the Los Angeles Chargers from line, will have another tough matchup in Week 5. Let’s hope he’ll continue to stay red hot as the Saints look to get above .500 for the first time since Week 1.