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Saints video: Alvin Kamara wants to be mentioned in same breath as Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley

Le'Veon Bell, Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara established himself as the best offensive player in his draft class last season. Now he is looking to become one of the best running backs in the NFL.

Kamara showed plenty of promise in his stellar rookie campaign. However, he says he wants to be in the same conversation as Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, via NFL Network:

“I’m trying to be right in that mix every time,” Kamara said. “With the Le’Veon’s and the Todd’s. There are a lot of great running backs in this league and I’m trying to be right there whenever there is a conversation.”

Some may consider Kamara’s comments to be a bit bold. However, it is not too far-fetched considering what he able to do last season.

New Orleans got Kamara at a steal with the 67th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Following a slow start to the year, he became one of the most electrifying players in the league. His versatile skill set as both a runner and receiver made him a seamless fit in the Saints’ offense. He finished the season with 728 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground and 81 receptions for 826 yards and five touchdowns en route to Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Unfortunately, the one thing that separates Kamara’s situation from that of Beel’s or Gurley’s is the fact that he shares the backfield with another viable option in running back Mark Ingram. He will have a chance to put up some monster numbers early on with Ingram’s suspension. However, he will need to sustain a heavy workload in order to be considered an elite back like the ones he mentioned.