The New Orleans Saints might have a new quarterback for the first time since 2006 but there’s a reason their offense is still considered to be a scary unit. Alvin Kamara is arguably the best running back in the NFL and Michael Thomas is just two years removed from winning the Offensive Player of the Year award.
These two were in the top 10 of CBS Sports’ list of best duos in the league this year. Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports had this to say:
"Maybe you prefer Cameron Jordan over one of these guys, but this is an offensive coach’s dream: A dynamic dual threat in Kamara, and a target machine in Thomas. You could have Joe Schmoe play QB and at least have a chance dumping it off to them."
Kamara and Thomas are precisely why the Saints aren’t being counted out this year. Kamara is coming off a year in which he rushed for 932 yards and 16 touchdowns while totaling 756 receiving yards and another five scores, giving him 1,688 total yards from scrimmage and 21 total touchdowns.
Thomas, however, only played in seven games and failed to find the end zone. It was a disappointing year after going for over 1,700 yards the season prior but that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes. Football is a violent sport and injuries are going to happen to even the best players in the league. They’re not immune from it.
The NOLA Saints have two terrifying weapons in Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas.
Whether the Saints have Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill as their starting quarterback, Kamara and Thomas are going to be their normal selves. Some might think Thomas has a chance at majorly regressing due to the change at quarterback but if Winston is the starter, he’s no stranger to airing out the football. Thomas has the chance to thrive with him at the helm.
As for Kamara, he proved that when the quarterback situation is ‘in flux’ so to speak that he is at his best. He’s so good in both the run and the receiving game and that’s what makes him so dangerous.
The Saints have a strong chance at still being competitive this year because of these two along with having Sean Payton as their head coach who knows how to get the most out of both guys.