Bleacher Report has named each 32 NFL team’s biggest minicamp winner and loser. For the New Orleans Saints, the biggest winner was the 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year RB Alvin Kamara:
With running back Mark Ingram set to miss the first four games of the 2018 season thanks to a PED suspension, there’s pressure on Alvin Kamara to be even more than the offensive weapon who took home OROY honors in 2017.
Per Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Kamara dazzled on the first day of minicamp, snaring a pass in tight coverage that left “Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams looking at each other wondering what happened.”
You got Kamara’d is what happened.
We’ve seen Kamara make contested catches when it counts, having made a clutch touchdown catch against the Minnesota Vikings in the 2017 playoffs.
Former Tennessee backup running back Alvin Kamara with another game-changing play for the Saints. AK even played dead after the catch and then gave the cameras his trademark smile and chuckle. pic.twitter.com/Fr7oDan8VP— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) January 15, 2018
That being said, if “Kamara’d” would become a verb, I doubt it would be for his pass-catching, but rather his ability to slip out of a would-be tackler’s arms.
Alvin Kamara and for the touchdown!#GoSaints #TBvsNO pic.twitter.com/C58YUUfJVF— DraftKings (@DraftKings) November 5, 2017
And he’s been doing it since college:
Break Tackle.— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 12, 2016
Do your Dance.
Alvin Kamara is back, folks. https://t.co/ShMxgj8bcs pic.twitter.com/f4JhTCquCR
But it’s not all happy reports coming out of Saints minicamp. The biggest loser named by Bleacher Report is former Ohio State QB JT Barrett:
This one’s hardly a surprise. Sure, JT Barrett was a wildly successful quarterback at Ohio State. But Barrett did more damage with his legs than his arm.
Simply put, there’s a reason Barrett wasn’t drafted.
Barrett has struggled mightily throwing the ball throughout offseason workouts, and minicamp was no different. He may have broken many of Drew Brees’ Big Ten records in college, but Berrett’s not going to sniff any of Brees’ numbers in the pros.
Or Bobby Hebert’s, for that matter.
This is after we named Barrett as one of the biggest UDFA signings of the Saints after the 2018 NFL Draft. How the times have changed.