Kamara has made the most of the opportunities thatNewOrleanshas givenhim, making himself indispensable as a player. Sharing a backfield with running back Mark Ingram, the pair rushed and caught passes for a total of 3,094 yards (2,829 m) in 2017, settingtheNFL recordfor themostall-purpose yards by a running back tandem . Kamara’s efforts that season led the 11–5 Saints to an NFCdivisional playoff game against the 13–3 Minnesota Vikings and within five points of his first conference finals game. The 2018 season saw much of the same fromthe second-year player. Kamara’s 1,592 all-purpose yards helped continue his trajectory as one of the top dual threats in the NFL. He rushed and received his way to a second straight Pro Bowl appearance and a chance to lead the Saints to within a questionable pass-inference-no-call away from beating the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC (National Football Conference) final. A winwould have given himan opportunity to joina small list of playerswhohavemade it to the Super Bowl in their first twoNFL seasons.

In his first two seasons, Kamara shared the Saints’ backfield with veteran Mark Ingram. The two set the NFL record for most all-purpose yards gained by a backfield duo in Kamara’s rookie season.


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