Alvin Kamara needs to be utilized more as a pass-catcher
Losing to the then-winless Giants was bad enough but the New Orleans Saints failing to send a single target Alvin Kamara‘s way in the 27-21 loss was beyond frustrating.
Part of what makes Kamara such a threat on offense is his ability to do damage both on the ground and catching passes and making defenders miss once the ball is in his hands. The Saints haven’t been embracing what they have with Kamara, as they didn’t target him once in the overtime defeat to the Giants.
This is inexcusable and can’t happen again moving forward.
Perhaps the injury to Tony Jones Jr. changed the game plan, as Jones was carted off the field, but even still, how could the Saints ignore how good Kamara is as a pass-catcher? He’s a game-changer in that department and considering how the game ended, it’s not crazy to think that even one or two targets sent Kamara’s way could have changed this game and NOLA would be 3-1 right now.
Alvin Kamara is dangerous as a pass-catcher but he was ignored in that department on Sunday.
Not only that, but he was overutilized in the run game. Yes, he’s far and away the best weapon in the rushing attack but giving him 26 carries is overworking a guy at a position that gets beat up far too easily. He’s rushed over 20 times in three of his four games to this point and we’re not even a month into the season.
On the other side of the coin, Kamara’s season-high in targets was six, which happened in that Week 2 debacle in Charlotte (he caught four of those passes, for what it’s worth).
Good things happen when the Saints throw the ball to Alvin Kamara and while yes, he’s a running back, he’s proven that he can do insane damage as a pass-catcher. Give him the ball.