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Transcript - Alvin Kamara Conference Call 11/25/20 | Week 12 at Broncos

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara talks about teammate Taysom Hill and the Broncos defensive unit prior to the Saints Week 12 matchup against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on November 29, 2020.

New Orleans Saints Running Back Alvin Kamara
Video Call with New Orleans Media
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

What are some of the things you see from the Broncos defense? I know they're considered to be pretty creative on that side of the ball. What are some of the things that just stand out when you watch them?
"So, you kind of hit on it, they get pretty creative with what they do. And how they try to stop the run and stop the pass. They're pretty talented. So we've got to be pretty sound in what we're doing and the looks that we're trying to take advantage of, we have to make sure we execute."

You and Taysom Hill came in as rookies together. It's been four years. I know so many people scrutinize the decision of starting him, but how cool is it just to see his journey and how patient he's been and the perseverance to see him finally get a shot in year four, and to take advantage of it the way he did?
"Yeah, everybody, it's not like this is his first time playing. Everybody knows how talented Taysom (Hill) is and he prepares every week and he's focused and locked in. He deserves it. He did a great job on Sunday, with it being his first start, just, taking advantage of his opportunity and doing everything he can to put us in the position to win. So that's one under his belt. We got another one this week. I'm sure he kind of got that first one off and kind of settled down a little bit. So, I'm sure he's probably more excited about this week than he was last week."

You mentioned how creative Denver's defense is, but how much do you look forward to using your creativity to figure out ways to be effective against defenses like that?
"Man, it's early in the week. We just kind of got past our first little install. So, there's some good things in there and I'm looking forward to seeing what we got, red zone, third down and things like that, to see how we can take advantage of some of these looks because, again, they are creative and we're going to have to be sound in what we are doing, we are going to have to be strategic and be able to be okay with having some of those shorter gains, just waiting for our opportunities to have those longer gains."

The way the schedule breaks out for the Saints, they only go to Denver every eight years. So, this is a new opportunity for a lot of people. What has been the message from the team, like your coaches, nutritionists, trainers, that type of stuff and how to deal with the difference in elevation, if anything?
"Hydrate and rest. That's really what it's been. Not that we don't do it every week, but I guess just dealing with the elevation, just hydrate. And make sure you're hydrating and make sure you're getting the right amounts of sleep."

Just wondering if you sense that Taysom's (Hill) scrambling ability might make it riskier for defenses to anticipate a checkdown to you or might affect the way they try to guard you on those plays as a checkdown option?
"I don't really know. I think it's no different each week with different defenses. I guess they do know that he's a threat running the ball. So it's almost like you have to spy him. You have to basically have one of your guys on defense account, be accountable Taysom (Hill). And every look because, there's always a chance that he'll take off. So I don't know if they're going to put two dudes, like the guy that's guarding me, if they're going to take him off me and put him on Taysom (Hill), so that I have a better chance of catching the checkdown, I don't know. But you've got to account for Taysom's (Hill) ability to run the ball."

Because you often get spied (on), don't you? In that regard?
"Yeah."

They would have to do it to more players basically?
"Yeah."

Taysom (Hill) has talked before about like, how he's tried to make himself sound like Drew (Brees) when he was talking today about like, how he was trying to make his footwork like him. Is there anything just, you know, when the play call sounds the same or if the drops are the same like, does that continuity or the way he tries to be like Drew (Brees) make it any easier for you guys to play with a different quarterback?
"Taysom (Hill) said that? Man, Taysom (Hill) don't sound like Drew (Brees). But it's not a bad thing though, you know. Now don't get me wrong Drew Brees is a great person to learn behind. But Taysom is Taysom. They're not the same player. And if I was Taysom (Hill) I wouldn't put as much pressure behind myself to, try to do everything exactly like Drew (Brees). We're used to Drew (Brees) of course, but Taysom (Hill) is a great player in his own right. So there's things that I've noticed that he does different from Drew (Brees) that I'm like, okay, that's cool. Like, it's cool to have a different feel and it's cool to have somebody in there that's them. I think he that's the politically correct answer like, I'm trying to be like Drew and model my game after Drew. But Taysom, he has his own flavor when he gets in there. He has his own kind of thing. Maybe in his head he feels like he's being like Drew (Brees). But, I probably would too if I was at quarterback."

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