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CARSON, Calif. -- For Alvin Kamara to see meaningful playing time this season for the New Orleans Saints, the rookie running back is going to have to offer something different than Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. Brandin Cooks Jerseys That's exactly what Kamara showed by running for a 50-yard touchdown on New Orleans' first offensive play and leading the Saints to a 13-7 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night. Kamara burst off the left side, stepped over a diving defender that grabbed at his ankles and maintained his balance to score the game's only offensive touchdown 1:13 into the first quarter.
It was a play that had worked consistently for Kamara during two days of joint practices between the Saints and Chargers, and the third-round pick from Tennessee knew it would work again. "Just didn't look back, kept going," Kamara said. "He's really fast. Drew Brees Jerseys I saw him and all of a sudden he was like in the open field, so it's pretty cool," Saints quarterback Chase Daniel said. Kamara finished with 61 yards on five carries and is now averaging 10.7 yards per carry in the preseason. Kenny Vaccaro Jerseys He added a 22-yard catch-and-run coming out of the backfield, and that combination of big-play ability and receiving skills is what could set Kamara apart from Peterson and Ingram, who were both held out as a precaution.
"He has some spatial awareness that a lot of young backs don't have, and you really can't teach that," Daniel said. Mark Ingram Jerseys "He is really taking all the coaching in stride. Really haven't seen him make the same mistake twice." With just a six-day turnaround to the all-important third preseason game, both the Chargers and Saints gave their starting quarterbacks the day off. Michael Thomas Jerseys The only competitive passes fans at StubHub Center saw Philip Rivers and Drew Brees throw were prerecorded, as the former San Diego teammates staged a throwing contest reminiscent of the old Quarterback Challenge after practice during the joint workouts between the Chargers and Saints earlier in the week.