No surprise here. One of Tennessee football’s most grossly underused weapons of all time has now turned into a superstar in two years with the New Orleans Saints, and even as Drew Brees gets older, Alvin Kamara should not miss a beat.
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When the Saints drafted Kamara, he was going to the perfect situation. Sean Payton’s system has always been at its best with all-purpose backs being able to help out, from Reggie Bush to Darren Sproles. That’s usually when Brees has his best seasons. And Kamara was that. So he immediately became a two-time Pro Bowler and turned Brees back into an MVP candidate.
In two years, Kamara has 3,146 yards from scrimmage, averages over five yards a carry, and has 31 offensive touchdowns plus a punt return for a touchdown. So he has been a rare, elite weapon with his speed and agility that very few people can stop.
Entering his third season, he should only be better this year, as there is no reason to believe he is slowing down yet. Kamara is actually pretty good at avoiding contact, so he is likely only to get better over the next few years, making him different from many other running backs. No back is more versatile in the pros.
With Peyton Manning retired, Eric Berry a free agent and Jason Witten coming out of retirement, Kamara is the one former Tennessee football player to be a superstar in the pros and potential Hall-of-Famer at this point. Until somebody steals that spot, he is easily at the top of this list.