Alvin Kamara continues to carve his name into football’s record books.
After his game clinching performance last week, Kamara became the first player in National Football League history with 1,000 receiving yards and 1,000 rushing yards in his first 20 career NFL games, according to the calculation of ESPN Stats and Information.
Yet another insane achievement by a player who has rejuvenated the Saints franchise.
Kamara’s historic marker is all the more remarkable when considering that he only had 134 total yards through his first three NFL games as a rookie, and spent the entire season as one half of the Saints’ rushing tandem along with Mark Ingram.
Kamara broke several NFL records in his initial professional outing, becoming the first rookie since Gale Sayers in 1965 to score five receiving touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns, and a kickoff return score, was one half of the first running back duo to ever amass more than 1,500 yards each.
He led all rookies with 81 receptions, the third most by a rookie running back in NFL history, paced all rookies with 14 total touchdowns, ranked second among all players with 1,554 scrimmage yards, and was ranked first in the NFL with 6.1 yards per carry. He owns the Saints record with a 106 yard kickoff return touchdown.
Not bad for someone who said he was “learning on the fly” as a rookie.
“I think it’s been building but we have a solid running game,” Kamara said of how the Saints approached rushing with the ball. “When we’re running the ball, we’re the best in the country. So we got behind those big guys and we were able to get some big runs off. When Sean (Payton) gets those run plays going, it gives everybody energy.”
Kamara rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 33-18 victory over the New York Giants in Week 4 action, proving to be the major factor in the team winning their third straight game.
“We wanted to play a complete game, come out on defense and execute, come out on special teams and execute and come out on offense and execute. It all came together. Wil Lutz, when we were moving a little slow, Wil Lutz made some big kicks. That’s as big as anything. He’s a great kicker. He does what he has to do when his name is called. The defense came up big. Big sacks, big plays, big pass breakups, and we did what we did on offense. The O-line did a great job, I can’t say that enough. The O-line handled their business up front and we were able to get a victory.”
Kamara credits the Saints’ offensive performance to their quarterback.
“I mean it starts with the head. Drew (Brees) comes into the huddle and just says one play at a time. There’s a sense of calmness in the huddle. We know that when we’re executing at a high level, nobody can stop us so that’s what we had in our heads. Just one play at a time and get down the field.”