Adrian Peterson is a slam-dunk Pro Football Hall of Famer. Former Vols RB Alvin Kamara has yet to take an NFL snap.
Together, they’ll join forces as new members of a revamped New Orleans Saints backfield to help former Alabama Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in the Big Easy.
Some may think there would be reason for a bit of a cold shoulder from Peterson, who at 32 is trying to prove he still deserves NFL carries in a new city, towards his new rookie teammate. But that’s hardly the case so far.
The former Minnesota Vikings star addressed Kamara’s performance with the Saints during a meeting with the New Orleans media on Sunday and had some pretty flattering things to say about the former Vol.
“He has a lot of talent. So much talent,” Peterson said of Kamara. “Really quick feet, vision and patience. All three of those things… he has shown. That’s really impressed me.
“His route-running ability is crisp. He looks like he’s seasoned. He’s picking up thing quickly and efficiently. He’s nice. He’s going to be a heck of a ball player, I can tell you that.”
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) July 30, 2017
Kamara was a third-round selection for the Saints, who took him with the 67th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft earlier this year.
If Peterson is his old self after an injury-riddled 2016 season and Kamara is half as good as Peterson claims him to be, Saints coach Sean Payton will have his work cut out for him in distributing carries.
Ingram ran for 1,043 yards on just 205 carries for New Orleans last season, which would indicate the 27 year old is in position to be the lead back for the Drew Brees-led offense.
The major question in New Orleans, as usual, will be the ability of the Saints defense to match the production of the team’s high-powered offense.