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Mid season grades of the Saints HBs

Grading the Saints’ trio of HBs.

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Going into the season on paper, the New Orleans Saints were supposed to have a fierce rushing attack. The three-headed monster of Alvin Kamara, Jamaal Williams, and Kendre Miller was supposed to be one of the better trios in football. However, this trio has been very disappointing. Let’s take a look at how the Saints’ rushing attack has done.

HB Alvin Kamara

My grade on Kamara will be much lower than most fans would like. The 28-year-old missed the first three games due to suspension. The fan favorite has been phenomenal in the pass-catching grade. His 60 receptions are first among all HBs. His 413 receiving yards is also second in the NFL.

However, Kamara has been very poor in the running game. I know many fans want to blame the offensive line, and I’ll be the first to admit it hasn’t been amazing. It isn’t all on them, though. Kamara himself has lost much of the explosiveness and contact balance that made him so special.

Currently, the former Tennessee Volunteer is averaging a measly 3.8 YPC. This ranks 40th in the NFL... On top of this, Kamara has one of the worst yards after-contact per attempt numbers in the NFL. He ranks 49th out of the 61 qualified HBs with 2.47 YCO/A. This is behind backup HBs like Emari Demecardo, Justice Hill, and Jerome Ford.

His breakaway percentage is only 38th in the league. He’s behind players like Kenneth Gainwell, Chubba Hubbard, Joshua Kelley, and Royce Freeman.

The offensive line hasn’t been great, but if Kamara were elite, he could make up for some of these deficiencies. At this point in his career, he isn’t the dynamic playmaker he used to be. He’ll still flash some vintage AK41, but he isn’t a game-changer.

Grade: C+

HB Jamaal Williams

There was a lot of excitement for Williams to join the Saints. His fun personality instantly captivated fans. This did not translate to the field, though. The Saints don’t seem to trust him, as he only has 52 carries this year. In his last two games, he has only seven rushing attempts.

Grade: D+

HB Kendre Miller

The third-round pick had many fans excited coming into the season. Unfortunately, Miller has been unable to stay healthy. He’s flashed his skill set in the receiving game when healthy, but he just hasn’t been healthy. It feels unfair to grade an injured player.

Grade: TBD


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