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What You Need to Know:
-After missing 2 games in 2019 (ankle, back, knee), Kamara missed only 1 last fall. He sat out Week 17 on the COVID-19 list.
-Kamara missed part of training camp while his agent negotiated a new contract. That contract materialized in early September to the tune of 5 years, $75 million.
-The 26-year-old led all RBs in PPR points per game (25.2). He ranked 1st in total TDs (21), 1st in catches (83) and 1st in receiving yards (756).
-He’s now caught between 81 and 83 catches in all 4 pro seasons. He’s averaged nearly 103 targets per season.
-The TDs stemmed from a boost in goal line opportunities. Kamara’s 28 attempts inside the 10 yard-line topped his 2019 tally by 14.
-Kamara showed no signs of slowing down. His 4.9 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per catch were the 2nd best marks of his career. He ran behind a top-10 run blocking O-line.
-His 65.0 Elusive Rating from Pro Football Focus ranked 14th among 47 RBs with 100+ attempts.
-Latavius Murray remained a “1B” ball-carrier. He saw 9.7 carries per game to 12.4 for Kamara but totaled only 23 catches.
-He wasn’t much of a goal line vulture with only 12 carries inside the 10. Taysom Hill was the bigger threat there with 18 such attempts.
-2021 will mark Kamara’s first season without Drew Brees. In 4 starts with Taysom Hill last year, Kamara totaled 50 carries for 237 yards (4.7 YPC) and 3 TDs, plus 10 catches and 51 yards. He handled a 14% target share in those 4; 21% on the season.
-Hill, though, will battle 2nd-year Saint Jameis Winston for the starting gig. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has called Winston the early favorite. Consider that a plus for Kamara.
-Murray and all 5 O-line starters return for 2021. The Saints’ lack of pass catching depth behind Michael Thomas only furthers Kamara’s touch safety.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
You can say that Drew Brees’ conservative game benefited Kamara in recent seasons. His loss brings some questions to Kamara’s 2021 upside, but not enough to keep him out of the top-5 mix.
Still young — 26 — he remains locked into high target volume. He’s also proven durable with only 2 career missed games due to injury.