New Orleans Saints fans and NFL fans alike know how good Alvin Kamara is. He’s been tormenting defenses ever since he entered the league in 2018 and it was only fitting that he was dubbed a starter on NFL.com’s dream NFL team.
NFL Research put together a list of, as they call it, “the best NFL team money can buy!” which takes the salary cap into account and had a slew of other rules as well. Kamara was the dream team’s starting running back and this isn’t the least bit shocking considering just how dominant the former third-round pick has been since he joined the Saints.
Kamara was the only Saint to appear on the starting lineup but wasn’t the only Saint to make an appearance on the list. Jameis Winston is signed as a backup quarterback behind Patrick Mahomes and Garrett Griffin serves as the fourth-string tight end.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara is a member of the “NFL dream team”.
Along with Kamara at running back, Jonathan Taylor (Colts), Antonio Gibson (WFT), and James Robinson (Jaguars) join him at the position as depth. Here is what the NFL Research team had to say about why Kamara got the nod over so many other explosive running back options:
"Points decide winners and losers in football; the NFL’s touchdown leader in 2020, Kamara, scores them. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Davis (61) and LaDainian Tomlinson(60) scored more total touchdowns in their first four seasons than Kamara’ 59. He’s also the only player with 500-plus rushing and receiving yards in each of those first four campaigns. Furthermore, Kamara is fresh off tying the single-game record with six rushing touchdowns against the Vikings last Christmas."
Basically, when push comes to shove, Kamara wins games at a position that typically isn’t tasked with doing so. His Christmas day performance against the Vikings was one for the record books, as he dashed for six touchdowns and pretty much singlehandedly won the game for New Orleans. Running backs don’t have that effect anymore, not in today’s pass-happy NFL.
It was a bit surprising that the other Saints included on this particular list were Winston and Griffin, but when having to take the salary cap into strong consideration, Michael Thomas and Cameron Jordan were too expensive for this particular list.
While we’ll never actually get to see this team take the field, Saints fans can at least breathe a sigh of relief that Kamara is sticking in New Orleans for the foreseeable future.