Following the departure of Mark Ingram to Baltimore during the off-season, the New Orleans Saints backfield now belongs to Alvin Kamara and apparently so does the quarterback room.
On the third and final day of mandatory minicamp, Kamara swapped out his number 41 jersey for Teddy Bridgewater’s red number five and didn’t stop there with the two even trading positions for a few snaps, adding yet another layer to Kamara’s versatility.
The third year back out of Tennessee broke onto the scene in 2017, setting a new Saints franchise record with 14 total touchdowns.
The NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year followed that up with 14 rushing touchdowns in 2018, also a franchise record. Not to mention, he’s second to only Todd Gurley in all-purpose yards over the past two seasons.
Scary to think Kamara is still finding ways to get better no matter which jersey he’s wearing. Quarterback Drew Brees said, “He knows when to work, but he’s going to have fun doing it. And he does have a thirst for knowledge whenever something comes up and I grab him and we start talking about something it’s one of these like okay. I hear it, I’m absorbing it, I’m visualizing it and then I can go out and execute it.”
Kamara said, “Anything that one of my teammates has to lend me like some advice or somebody that has some experience in a field like nutrition or strength or training, I try to take little gems from everybody. So change in diets and looking for new things to get faster, stronger, to get in better shape. I’m looking for all of it.”
The New Orleans Saints will have another six weeks apart before they reconvene for training camp on the final Thursday of July. Also today, the Saints signed wide receiver Rishard Matthews following his minicamp tryout.