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The Sauce and Swag of Alvin Kamara: Football IQ and more.
BR article here about what Kamara is like off and on the field. How teammates see him.



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During the draft process, the Saints identified two important qualities in Kamara: intelligence (his Wonderlic score of 24 was highest of all running backs at the combine) and the ability to process quickly.

"So not only does he understand what he is supposed to do, but he can problem-solve on the field," Loomis says.

Payton expected Kamara to learn not only the "Joker" package, but everything else a Saints running back needs to know. Brees can't recall a rookie ever picking up things as quickly as Kamara did.

"We are very complex with what we do offensively, especially with formations, personnel groups and concepts," Brees says. "It's never felt too big for him, ever. You tell him something one time, and he's got it."

The primary concern with rookie running backs is blitz pickup. The next time Kamara makes a mistake on that assignment, it will be his first, according to Payton. For that, he hasn't blown an assignment in any situation this season.

When a young Payton was in charge of running backs at San Diego State in the early '90s, he coached Marshall Faulk.

"Most of the players in the room needed algebra," Payton says. "Marshall was ready for pre-calc. He knew everything. Now Alvin is the same way." So much so, Payton says, that "he gets bored a little bit at practice." Sometimes, it even feels like slow motion.



For fun let me bring up this great Saints talk thread.

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This dude is clueless. He acts like he has never run a pass route as a wide receiver and he doesn't know how to run to open space when Brees is scrambling. Can't stand to watch this rookie. He looks lost.
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Mystery
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re: The Sauce and Swag of Alvin Kamara: Football IQ and more.
Link is the Saints guy.


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re: The Sauce and Swag of Alvin Kamara: Football IQ and more.
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The next time Kamara makes a mistake on that assignment, it will be his first




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re: The Sauce and Swag of Alvin Kamara: Football IQ and more.
Some other good quotes. AD love.

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Somehow, Kamara has been able to avoid tacklers (Pro Football Focus had his "elusiveness rating" as the highest in the league through Nov. 28, at 122.9, "a mark so high it would be the top elusive rating ever recorded in PFF history") while also running with an economy of motion (Next Gen Stats rates him as the most North-South runner in the league).

"He's one of the most slippery guys I've ever seen as far as his run game," says Adrian Peterson, who was Kamara's teammate for about six months before the Saints traded him to the Cardinals in part to give Kamara more opportunities. "He's not like me, where he's going to continue to pound and pound and pound you—but he has that ability in him. So with the combination, it just seemed effortless.

"He also has great patience and vision when it comes to running through the holes, but he's moving fast. It's hard to master that—speed and patience. To be able to do that as a rookie, it's spectacular. And I only see that improving. They got something special."


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