New Orleans Saints: 4 potential candidates to be the No. 3 running back

Leigh Oleszczak
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 21: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints hands the ball off to Alvin Kamara #41 in the first quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 21: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints hands the ball off to Alvin Kamara #41 in the first quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Indiana Hoosiers running back Stevie Scott III (8) -Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Saints have their two starting running backs set in stone with Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray filling those roles. As far as who will be the third-string running back, however, who is the right man for the job?

Kamara is arguably the best running back in the league and his workload with the Saints is only going to increase, as they enter year one of the post-Drew Brees era. It’s important that both he and Murray have career seasons because transitioning to a new quarterback isn’t easy for a team that’s used to having the same signal-caller for 15+ years.

Let’s take a look at four potential options who could be the Saints’ No. 3 running back.

New Orleans Saints RB3 Options – No. 4: Stevie Scott III

The Saints signed Stevie Scott after he went undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft. Scott had a nice three-year stint at Indiana, rushing for 2,543 yards and 30 touchdowns during that time. While his rushing yards declined every year, he rushed for 10 touchdowns every year. His freshman year was his best, as he rushed for 1,137 yards that year.

While Scott was obviously brought into New Orleans for a reason, the only true chance he has at being the No. 3 running back is if he absolutely dominates in the preseason while the other options flounder. He showed he can be a commanding running back, proven by his 1,100+ yard season in 2018 but otherwise, his numbers dipped each year.

As Darral Nail of Who Dat Dish noted, perhaps Scott can find his way onto the 53-man roster and be utilized in short-yardage situations.

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