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Alvin Kamara overcame ankle injury to give New Orleans Saints another productive season

Analysis: Perhaps New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara spoiled us by making it look too easy. He was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and second-team All-Pro in 2017, when he ran for 728 yards and eight touchdowns on 120 carries, caught 81 passes for 826 yards and five touchdowns and returned 11 kickoffs for 347 yards and a touchdown. And he backed that up with these numbers in '18: 883 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 194 carries, 709 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 81 catches – tying a franchise single-season record with 18 touchdowns – and 16 combined punt and kickoff returns for 208 yards. Likely, that's how a season in which he totaled 1,330 yards from scrimmage (5.3 yards per touch) and six touchdowns in 14 games can be considered an "off" season. Kamara was hampered by an ankle injury midseason (hence, the two missed games) but appeared to round into form at the end of the regular season (185 rushing yards, 5.6 yards per carry, four touchdowns in the last three games). He still is one of the Saints' most potent offensive weapons and was added to the Pro Bowl on Thursday.

Best Game: In the Saints' first of five games this season without quarterback Drew Brees, Kamara showed up big on the road against Seattle. He ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, and caught nine passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in the 33-27 victory.

Best Quote: "As a football player, you're one of 11 guys on the field. So, I mean, every play you have a job to do. Even if I'm not scoring or touching the ball, I mean, I have a job to do. Whether it's to block somebody, whether it's to hold a flat defender for, you know, a route up over me. Whether it's to be the play fake, I have a job to do. So, as long as I'm executing my assignment, I'm fine." – Kamara.

The best photos of New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara during the 2019 season.

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