3 running backs Saints can still sign this offseason

Kristen Wong
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Devontae Booker #28 of the New York Giants. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Saints’ RB option No. 2: Devontae Booker

Former Giants’ running back Devontae Booker’s entire career screams “backup running back,” and that’s exactly what he will provide the Saints: depth and maybe a bit of starting potential.

Booker memorably stepped in for Saquon Barkley last season when Barkley got injured and recorded 145 carries for 593 rushing yards along with 40 catches for 268 receiving yards in 16 games. Though not quite as elite a dual threat as the next player on this list, Booker has proven he can assume RB1 duties in case of emergency.

In the event Kamara has to miss time, NOLA could rely on Booker’s six years of experience and trust that the 29-year-old is flexible and adaptable enough to help the offense in any way he can.

Last year, Booker posted nearly 600 rushing yards despite playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in football, and he has the ability to inflict more damage on opposing damages with the Saints, who can execute a far more efficient running game.

Even if Kamara doesn’t get suspended, the Saints have long been looking for a reliable backup that has a combination of savvy expertise and athletic upside. Booker strikes this balance well and should be considered a great pick-up for NOLA.

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