Alvin Kamara is on a torrid pace in his second season and there’s no slowing down. Over the offseason, there was plenty of talk that Alvin Kamara might be headed for a sophomore slump. That the odds of him replicating his 2017 Season in which he won Offensive Rookie of the Year were slim to none. That opposing defenses would have tape on him for 2018 and be able to greatly limit what he could do this year.
The bottom line is that Alvin Kamara is averaging 143 yards from scrimmage through three games in 2018. Last year he was averaging 97 yards per game. The pace will slow down once Mark Ingram returns in Week 4. There’s no doubt of that. But what we’re seeing from Kamara so far this season is staggering.
We’re starting to see the emergence of a running back along the lines of Marshall Faulk. And, yes, that’s saying a lot. Faulk, in his 1999 Season, put up 2,429 yards from scrimmage. That’s a 151 yard per game average. Kamara is getting close. That was Faulk’s sixth year in the league and his first year with the Rams.
Alvin Kamara became just the second player in the Super Bowl era with at least 15 rushes and 15 receptions in a single game, according to ESPN Stats and Information (the other was the Vikings' Rickey Young in 1979). Kamara was the first RB with 15 catches in a game since Atlanta's William Andrews in 1981.Saints coach Sean Payton insisted that he didn't want to overwork Kamara during Mark Ingram's four-game suspension. But all of the Saints' games have been close -- and Kamara is just too good every time he touches the ball.
the fact is that Kamara is as much a receiver as a runner. Though he’s also extremely talented as a runner, his greatest strength is catching the ball and then making things happen in the open field. Should the Saints decide to move on from Mark Ingram in 2019, if he demands too much money, the Saints will be fine with Kamara and whoever else they line up along with him.