Alvin Kamara: The second coming of Marshall Faulk

Marshall Faulk was incredible in the NFL. He started his career being a part of the offense with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis and then ended up going to St. Louis to play for the Greatest Show on Turf in the Rams. The team would go on to win a title in his first season there, rushing for over 1,000 yards and receiver for 1,000 yards. Faulk would go on to keep up this great production for a while with the Rams and retire as one of the most versatile backs the NFL has ever seen. When he left the game, there was no one like him and there have been none that have exhibited his skills until now.

Alvin Kamara was not very talked about when he was entering the 2017 NFL Draft. There were glimpses of his talent shown at the University of Tennessee, but you never saw it consistently because of the lack of opportunities he had splitting time with Jalen Hurd. When the Saints took him, they brought in Adrian Peterson via trade and they had Mark Ingram still there. Over the start of the season though, things began to change and Kamara showed us all what all we could see from him. Eventually the Saints shipped Peterson out and Kamara and Ingram took over the running back position. Both were making plays, but it was Kamara that captured the eyes of everyone. He had that elusiveness when he was in the open field and he also had the ability to line up at wide receiver. And it is because of this versatility that he looks like the second coming of Marshall Faulk.

Some may think it's a little much to say that when it comes to Kamara, but look at his game. He is slithery when it comes to running the football. Like Marshall, he usually makes the first man miss and gains positive yards. Kamara can also run between the tackles with the toughness of a bigger back like Faulk did as well. The receiver skills Kamara has baffles defenses as well. He can actually line up like a wide receiver and run precise routes. And to top off it all, he plays the game with great football intelligence, knowing what is coming at him and how he needs to address the situation with every step he takes on the field within a play. Besides Todd Gurley, Kamara is the most versatile running back in the NFL and looking at his build (5'10", 215 pounds), he is even similar size to Faulk.

Kamara may not get the same career numbers of Faulk, but it would not surprise me if he eventually gets a 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a season once he is given more of the load in New Orleans. So to those that think we have seen Kamara before in the NFL, we have. He is the second coming of Marshall Faulk.

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