Last year, the Falcon running back tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman ran roughshod over the Saints. "Oh, if we could only find a couple like that," you might have wished. But as the Saints head to Atlanta Thursday night, they have a pair that beats the Falcons' two-of-a-kind hands down.
In Ingram and Kamara, the Saints have "shock and awe." A pairing that is not only the best in Saints history, but on a pace to be the best in NFL history. No two teammates have ever each exceeded 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season as both are on track to do.
Best in NFL history. How does that sound?
And how must it sound to every general manager in the NFL who needed a running back and passed on Alvin Kamara through 66 picks of last April's draft?
The native of Norcross, GA, 20 miles northeast of Atlanta, will return as no stranger to football fans in the Peach State, where he was Georgia's Mr. Football at Norcross High. The son of Liberian parents did the same things there that he later did at Tennessee with limited opportunities: Starting just 8 of 24 games as a vol, sharing carries in a deep corps of running backs.
But if you look at his highlights there, you see the exact same things we're seeing here: balance, power, speed, vision, hands, a smooth, slippery, almost effortless running style that leads you to suspect he's secretly sprayed his uniform with WD-40.
Look at those highlights, which include breaking six tackles on a touchdown run, and listen to CBS lead SEC analyst in Gary Danielson exclaim, "He's as good as you'll see this year."
In his next year - his first year as a professional - he and Mark Ingram are as good as the NFL may have seen - ever!
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