NFL analyst optimistic Saints running game will step up in 2024

The New Orleans Saints’ running backs underperformed in 2023, but the talent is still respected by those around the league. With the arrival of offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak there is renewed hope for the unit. While many may look at running backs as being on an age limit, analyst Kevin Patra still believes Alvin Kamara can be productive at age 29.

Patra says Kubiak will maximize Kamara and actually use Jamaal Williams to his strengths. Patra puts faith in Kubiak’s usage for running plays involving both veterans, writing:

I understand the thought that Kamara could be cut or traded, given his age, contract and waning production. I simply don’t subscribe to the idea. Kamara remains the Saints’ best backfield option. Saints brass is in win-now mode, and Kamara is part of that calculus. I do think Kamara, turning 29 in July, fits well into the type of offense Klint Kubiak will run. Miller deserves more reps in Year 2 after flashing down the stretch. And the Saints actually need to use Williams at the goal line. Of all the frustrating parts of the New Orleans season, the fact that they signed a goal-line TD maker in the offseason and refused to use him in that role was among the top hair-pullers. Made no sense. Hopefully, Kubiak has better designs.

There’s still belief Williams can be valuable to the team despite struggling to find the end zone in 2023. Kendre Miller could be in store for a sophomore surge with better help. It all starts with Alvin Kamara. If he sees a return to form, the Saints’ running game can elevate to join the best in the league.

Story originally appeared on Saints Wire