Saints RB Alvin Kamara still looking to ‘prove’ himself

Sean Payton once talented his Tasmanian tailback Alvin Kamara using a fidget spinner. Apparently, because Kamara can do so many things on the football field, he has restless sometimes if he is not doing enough off it.
“He has real, real, exceptionally high football IQ, so he could get bored with it,” Payton clarified, per the team’s official site. “This is the reason why we give him one of those small fidget things you spin when you can’t listen.”
Kamara will be tasked to perform more for the Saints in Year now that former running mate Mark Ingram is using the Ravens. What exactly his demeanor entails should be one of the league’s more interesting storylines this season. Payton said he’d sort of an epiphany before this week when Kamara switched clinics jerseys with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
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“When they did this, I started looking at it somewhat differently,” Payton said. “There is a couple of quarterback runs we can use, but anyhow, he could wear a number of jerseys. He can do a number of things.”
It is not like the two-time Pro Bowler hasn’t been doing them. In only two seasons, Kamara has tallied over 3,100 yards from scrimmage and scored 32 touchdowns, while catching 162 moves and averaging 5.1 yards per carry. The frightening part is that he says that he didn’t always know his missions his first season… en route to winning Offensive Rookie of the Year and earning All-Pro honors.
“Everybody said I made it look simple, but sometimes I was out there, and I did not know what was going on,” he told me.
Kamara credits Drew Brees for instilling strong study habits.
“Drew’s been playing for so long,” he said. “He’s seen every shield that there’s ever been. … In my very first year to now, there were a lot of things I had been trying to figure out. I took a step back and was just like,’All right, well, should I wish to be the best, then I have got to understand what the best knows.’ And that I think Drew is probably one of the (smartest) — if not the cleverest — people playing soccer right now. I can only get better if I understand as much as Drew or attempt to be on the exact same page at least as Drew.”
Brees added:”There is a degree of consciousness with him that I think that’s unique. He picks up on things very quickly. I believe that’s unique. And so then combine that with exceptional athletic abilities and you get the player that he is.”
Combine Kamara with Brees and you get one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Only the Chiefs and Rams have scored more points than the Saints over the previous two seasons. And as Kamara matures, his role will probably grow as well.
“I am so anxious to see like,’What else?'” He explained. “You understand what I’m saying? What else could I do? Where else can I line up? How else could I succeed? That is the best part of this profession for me personally,” he explained. “What is the next step you’re going to take? ‘Ok, he was great last year. How are you going to prove that you are what you are?'”
Kamara has already proven he can do a bit of everything, and more.

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