The Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints met in an important divisional matchup in week 13, with the Saints coming out on top 31-21. New Orleans played well on both side of the ball, but if there is one thing to take away from this game, it’s the play of rookie running back Alvin Kamara. The youngster out of Tennessee has been playing outstanding football as of late, and after yet another explosive performance, it’s clear Kamara is running away with the offensive rookie of the year race.
Coming out of Tennessee, many overlooked Kamara after an ordinary college career. Despite the fact he clearly had talent, Kamara slipped to the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft where the Saints picked him up to fill a Darren Sproles-type role in Sean Payton’s offense. So far, Kamara has filled that role and much more for a Saints team that looks dangerous heading into the season’s final weeks.
The thing that makes Kamara so dangerous is his elusiveness in the open field. With an uncanny ability to make defenders miss, Kamara is able to find his way into space and use his deceptive speed and outstanding quickness to pick up huge chunks of yardage for the Saints offense. Whether it’s in the passing game or as a rusher, as soon as Kamara gets space, nine times out of 10 he will bust a big play and he proved that again against Carolina finishing with over 120 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
All in all, it’s clear the Saints have a special talent on their hands in Kamara, and after yet another star performance, the young running back looks like the clear leader in the offensive rookie of the year race. This is a team that at 9-3 looks like a legitimate contender in a tough NFC conference, and Kamara deserves plenty of credit for the team’s success so far.