With quarterback Drew Breeze on the sidelines for several weeks due to ribs and lung injuries, the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl hopes to rest with a jack-of-all-trades, sometimes dismissed as the only role player Given: All-Purpose Back Alvin Kamra.
Sorry, were you expecting the team’s backup quarterback, Tamsum Hill? Hill, a gadget expert and wish fulfillment figure for Breeze to fill in the present, is certainly crucial to the success of the Saints. But Kamara has been his best offensive performance so far this season and has emerged as a qualified candidate for the NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
Through Week 11, Kamra finished second in the league with a total of 1717 yards from Scrimage and 12 combined rushing and receiving touches. His 67 receptions tied him for seventh in the NFL and led all running backs. According to Pro Football Reference, Kamara leads the league with 619 yards and 14 broken tackles after the reception. Coach Sean Peyton asked him to run in various wide receiver positions, kick returners and sometimes as a wildcat quarterback to make the most of his talents.
Kamara’s production has been crucial to the Saints in a season in which Breeze’s skills have continued his noticeable decline and Michael Thomas has missed six games due to injuries and the catchy siren song of wide receiver abuse. (Thomas missed a game “for disciplinary reasons”) Allegedly After a fight with teammates during practice.)
The Saints offense this season often has soft floats floating almost entirely involved or handed off so Kamara can dodge his way around defenders for significant gains. Yet despite his overhang on one man, the Saints are 8–2, ranked first in the NFC South and leading the conference playoff race.
Kamra is not really an unsung hero: he is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a perennial first-round pick in the Fantasy Football League, where his combination of running and receiving production is highly coveted. But his contribution cannot be evaluated for several reasons. Kamra is a “committee back”, who works with Latavius Murray. He is an all-purpose running back, who climbs the statistical leaderboard by crowds, whose production is not divided into two categories, such as Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings (the current leader in scrambled yards and touchdowns) and Derrick of Tennessee Henry (last) fiery leader of the year).
Kamra also lacks the original story of Hill’s folk hero, the 30-year-old ultimate-prospect who went through multiple collegiate injuries and worked his way up from the proverbial mailroom of the Saints’ practice squad to gain an elaborate audition, Who was to give extended auditions as Breeds. Word substitution.
Kamra played only a small role in Hill’s debut, rushing 13 times for 45 yards and a touchdown (with zero receptions) in a 24-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Peppton surprised the Falcons instead of treating Hills like a real quarterback and devised a game plan with easy options to reduce game options. Hill surprised his skepticism by looking more like an actual quarterback than Mary Sue, who wrote in the Saints fan fiction to appeal to the middle-aged high school legend demographic.
Hill’s decision process in the pocket is “wait for Thomas to open up and wait if he doesn’t” to reach Uph, but there are plenty of quarterbacks around the NFL who would benefit from similar clarity.
It is one thing to use unpredictable tactics to surprise the hapless Falcons, who were mixed in for the processes in the first season Handling a reverse kick And a live grenade. The Saints face the strict defense of the Denver Broncos on Sunday, and future opponents (including the Falcons again in two weeks) will be ready to overcome the Hill-to-Thomas connection. The saints will need Kamra more than ever. Then the trees will (probably) return as the players approach, and the Saints will return to Kamra’s need as much as they always have.
No matter how irreplaceable Kamaraja may be to the Saints, he remains a long shot for MVP consideration. The last nonquarterback to win the award was Adrian Peterson in 2012, when he rushed for 2,097 yards. The closest all-purpose performers to win the award were LaDainian Tomlinson, who had 2,323 scrimmage yards and 31 touchdowns in 2006, and Marshall Folk, who had 2,189 combined scratch yards and 26 touchdowns in 2000. Kamra is at a speed of 1,886. Yards and 19.2 touchdowns: Excellent, but not eye-popping is almost exclusively reserved for quarterbacks to win an award.
Kamara’s MVP case is much stronger once beliefs about the relative values of quarterbacks and running backs. He has spent most of the season assisting most of the faders, averaging just 5.8 yards a season traveling to the downfield (per NFL Next Gen Stats, the second-lowest in the league). He is now tasked with preparing a nondenominational Tim Tebow surrogate. He accounts for an offensive attack of 31 percent for Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers team and is on a seven-game winning streak. And his dual rush-receiver role makes him a more effective focal point for modern NFL offense than workhorses like Cook and Henry.
Okay, even accounting for everyone, Kansas City head quarterback Patrick Mahomes could be a better MVP candidate in 2020. Kamra remains the most valuable player on the Saints. And if he can take them to the Super Bowl, then it will all really matter.