Alvin Kamara has been in the NFL for only three years. He’s made the Pro Bowl each year, but it was noticeable that he wasn’t as explosive this past season. Well, it appears we finally have an answer as to why his production was down.
This past season, Kamara had 797 rushing yards, 533 receiving yards and six total touchdowns. For comparison’s sake, the former Tennessee product had over 1,500 scrimmage yards and 18 total touchdowns in 2018.
New Orleans still managed to get solid usage out of Kamara, but he did miss two games due to a sprained ankle. He also hurt his knee as well, which affected his ability to break away from tacklers.
On Tuesday afternoon, Kamara shared a video of his 2019 highlight reel on Twitter with the following caption: “On 1 leg… At 75%.. but we back to 100.” Clearly, the injuries he suffered early in the season hurt his production down the stretch.
On 1 leg… At 75%.. but we back to 100 ❤️ https://t.co/dYMblYKNU0
— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) March 10, 2020
This is troubling news for defenses in the NFC South.
If injuries were the sole reason that Kamara didn’t play up to his standards, then New Orleans should expect a bounce-back season from him in 2020.
When healthy, Kamara is one of the most versatile running backs in the game. He can make something out of nothing and also has incredible hands for his position.
The Saints should enter next season with a high-powered offense, especially since Drew Brees is back for what could be his final season in the NFL.