Backfield In Motion: A Look At The Saints Running Back Situation

With the date to get the roster down to 53 approaching fast, the Saints decided to part ways with RB Terrence West. The solid play and emergence of Johnathan Williams helped make the decision of cutting an underwhelming West early an easy one. West appeared out of shape and unimpressive during his time at camp, leaving no reason to take another look at him during the rest of the preseason.

The departure of West, leaves a backfield of Mark Ingram, (hes suspended the first four games of the season) 2017 rookie of the year Alvin Kamara, Johnathan Williams, Trey Edmunds, journeyman Shane Vereen, rookie Boston Scott, and fullback Zach Line.

While Ingram prepares to begin serving his suspension, Williams seems primed to take a bulk load of his carries and see extended action in his absence. Williams is having a great camp and has had some impressive performances in preseason play. For Edmunds and Vereen, their performance in this next game is vital to making this team with the two of them being on the bubble. Edmunds does have the inside track having played on the team last year, and contributed largely on special teams. Boston Scott, should be a lock on making the final roster considering the potential he has shown in the return and run game. It also seems unlikely the Saints would risk losing him by placing him on the practice squad.

When Ingram returns from his suspension the run game should be back to one of the strengths of the offense. Ingram will continue to show why he and Kamara were called the greatest RB duo in history last year with the historical numbers they put up. It’s very important the Saints get off to a strong, fast start, so how does that happen in those first four games? Ingram, will not be an easy replacement, he offers so much to the team that gets overlooked and under appreciated by a lot of fans. Alvin Kamara, will continue to razzle and dazzle as he always does, the Saints just need someone to compliment him. So long as that person can supply ball security, gain positive yards, and give Kamara a chance to catch his breath, there should not be a significant drop off in the run game. It does appear that Williams is ready to step in that role, but there is still a lot of preseason left.


As things appear they are starting to come together and shape up for this years group of backs, they are really just starting to heat up. The subtraction of West, should be motivation for the guys to turn it up and make for some fiery action in the City of Angels this weekend. Now that West is gone lets see what players are ready to take it north of here.

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