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Week 16 New Orleans Saints rookie roundup

Rookies on both sides of the ball saw increased playing time in a Christmas Day blowout by the New Orleans Saints

NFL: DEC 25 Vikings at Saints Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints picked up another win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. New Orleans handily defeated Minnesota 52-33. It was an offensive explosion on the ground as the team racked up 264 total rushing yards.

Running back Alvin Kamara had a historic day with six rushing touchdowns, tying the single-game record set by Chicago Cardinals Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers in 1929. Kamara also recorded a career-high 155 rushing yards on 22 carries.

New Orleans clinched the NFC South with the victory. This marks their fourth-straight division title and seventh under coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees.

Third-round rookie Adam Trautman led all tight ends in snaps with 52. He hauled in both of his targets for 45 yards. Trautman’s time on the field was highlighted by 41-yard catch and run near the end of the fourth quarter.

Undrafted wide receiver Marquez Callaway returned from injured reserve and caught three passes for 26 yards. He was on the field for just over half of the offense’s snaps and even broke up a potential Brees interception.

24th overall pick Cesar Ruiz played all 75 offensive snaps at guard. He helped pave the way for the Saints’ rushing attack with some solid blocking.

NFL: DEC 25 Vikings at Saints Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Undrafted rookie Malcolm Roach played 24 snaps at defensive tackle and recorded one tackle and one quarterback hit. Third-round linebacker saw four snaps on defense and a season-high 23 special teams snaps.

Undrafted wide receiver Juwan Johnson saw 23 snaps on offense and 14 on special teams. He caught his only target for 19 yards.

With the NFC’s No. 1 seed still up for grabs, New Orleans will need to beat Carolina and have Seattle beat San Francisco and Chicago beat Green Bay in Week 17 to secure the conference’s top playoff spot and first-round bye.