The New Orleans Saints are fortunate to have one of the best running backs in the league on their team in Alvin Kamara. How does the running back position look after the 2021 NFL Draft?
Here are the running backs listed on the Saints’ roster:
- Alex Armah (FB)
- Tony Jones Jr.
- Alvin Kamara
- Ty Montgomery
- Latavius Murray
- Stevie Scott III
- Dwayne Washington
The New Orleans Saints have seven running backs listed on their roster.
Obviously, Kamara is a lock to make the roster, as is Murray and probably Montgomery as well. Kamara has had over 1,300 yards from scrimmage in each of his four years in the league and with no more Drew Brees at quarterback, the Saints are going to lean on him even more in 2021.
Murray had 832 scrimmage yards and five total touchdowns last year, making him the perfect backup to Kamara. He’s been a nice signing for the Saints and his workload will likely increase in 2021.
Montgomery is an intriguing player because he was originally a wide receiver during his days with the Packers. Due to their running backs being banged up, Montgomery started playing the position and it’s where he’s stuck ever since. He didn’t do a ton for the Saints last year but he’s an experienced vet who can play multiple positions and that can’t be taken for granted.
The rest of the guys will be battling it out for the final roster spots. Armah could be safe if the Saints consider fullback a vital position this year. He played for Carolina for the first four years of his career and joined the Saints this offseason.
Jones was on the team last year and had just 13 yards rushing through one game. He’s only 23 years old and could make the roster with an impressive camp and/or preseason.
Scott signed with the team as a UDFA after playing college football at Indiana. He had over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in his first two years with the Hoosiers and had 22 total touchdowns during that time as well. He had 647 scrimmage yards this past year with 10 total touchdowns.
Washington is entering his fourth season with the Saints, which could help him earn one of the final roster spots. He’s never had more than 154 yards rushing, which he accomplished during the 2018 season. He’s also yet to find the end zone while donning a Saints uniform.
Kamara, Murray, and Montgomery are probably the three main backs for New Orleans, but who will join them? Armah seems like he has a good shot considering he was just signed this offseason and the Saints value the fullback position. Washington has stuck around and that could help him out but he’ll have to hope that Jones and Scott don’t impress this summer.
Running back has competition this summer but not at the starting and backup spots. Kamara and Murray will continue to hold those positions and deservedly so.