Bruce Arians Makes Shocking Comparison for Alvin Kamara

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians made a shocking comparison for Saints RB Alvin Kamara.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians made a shocking comparison for Saints RB Alvin Kamara. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints have a crucial matchup on Sunday Night Football this week as they fight for the top spot in the NFC South. A rivalry game of this magnitude often brings out some bad blood, but Bucs head coach Bruce Arians went the other direction.

He had some pretty lavish praise for Saints running back Alvin Kamara.

Marshall Faulk may not get mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Walter Payton and Barry Sanders, but he is certainly the Walter Payton of do-it-all receiving backs.

A three-time All-Pro with the St. Louis rams, Faulk caught at least 80 passes for five consecutive seasons from 1998 to 2002, eclipsing 2,000 yards from scrimmage four times in that stretch. He also led the NFL in yards from scrimmage in both 1998 (2,227) and 1999 (2,429), then in total touchdowns in 2000 (26) and 2001 (21).

He revolutionized the position during an era in which top backs were regularly seeing 350-plus carries in a season.

Kamara has not quite hit the highs that Faulk did in his prime, but to Arians' point, he's certainly on that kind of pace. Kamara caught 81 passes in each of his first three NFL seasons. Now through seven games in 2020, Kamara is on pace to top 2,000 yards from scrimmage for the first time — averaging 61.6 rushing yards and 79.4 receiving yards per game.

With Arians viewing Kamara so highly, expect him to have the Bucs defense prepared to do everything they can to slow down the Saints' top offensive weapon.

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