At this point it’s almost impossible for Alvin Kamara to not make headlines. The New Orleans Saints rookie running back has set the NFL on fire with his playmaking ability. He and Mark Ingram are the best one-two punch in football, maybe at any position, and now he’s up for even more honors.
Kamara’s 116 yards gained on 14 touches (eight rush attempts, six catches) follows a dramatic overtime win set up by his game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion. That’s good for 906 total yards and seven touchdowns on the season, surpassing Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette (896 yards from scrimmage) and trailing just the Kansas City Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt (1208). Make sure to click the link (here it is again) and go vote.
This continues a trend with Kamara and the Saints’ outstanding rookie class as a whole. Either Kamara or All-Pro-to-be Marshon Lattimore have won Rookie of the Week in half the games played this year, including four of the last five weeks and five of the past seven. Kamara took home the award in each of the last two weeks. Here’s how it’s broken down so far, courtesy of CSC editor John Hendrix:
- Week 4 - Kamara
- Week 6 - Lattimore
- Week 8 - Lattimore
- Week 9 - Kamara
- Week 10 - Kamara
Thankfully, the man largely-responsible for bringing them both to New Orleans (assistant general manager Jeff Ireland) was re-signed recently per Nick Underhill of the Advocate. Now let’s keep the Rookie of the Week streak alive.