New Orleans Saints have new franchise touchdown king

Alvin Kamara, Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara, Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

There is a new all-time touchdown leader for the New Orleans Saints, and his record-breaking score could not have come at a better time for the Saints.

Among the many good things we saw in the New Orleans Saints week five romping of the lowly New England Patriots, the touchdown by Alvin Kamara may have been the most significant as it pertains to the Saints franchise. The score marked the 73rd time he did so in a Saints uniform, which has him standing alone atop the franchise's record book.

Coming into Sunday's game, Kamara was sitting at 72 career touchdowns with the Saints, tied with former wide receiver Marques Colston. Colston’s 72 end zone trips were all as a result of receptions, while Kamara 50th rushing touchdown came on Sunday to go with the 22 receiving touchdowns of his own. It’s that kind of versatility the Saints offense should be thrilled to get back, and it certainly showed Sunday in New England. 

For those keeping score at home, Colston and Kamara are pretty much in a league of their own compared to the rest of the field, with Mark Ingram’s 57 touchdowns in a Saints uniform earning him the bronze medal. Beyond that, Deuce McCallister, Dalton Hilliard, Jimmy Graham and Joe Horn are the only others to crack the half-century mark with 55, 53,  52 (and counting) and 50 touchdowns respectively. 

The Saints have had some good running backs in their history, but they tended to be more flashes in the pan. Such is life for running backs in the NFL. With the record now his, the versatility, and the longevity to go with it, has Alvin Kamara sitting alone of the mountain top of not only Saints touchdown scorers, but as the greatest runing back that the New Orleans Saints have been able to call their own.