NFL Rumors: The New Orleans Saints beat the Arizona Cardinals in the 2012 Hall of Fame game and there were some players that shined brightly. One of the brightest stars in the game was Saints running back Travaris Cadet. Cadet probably played the best out of any Saints player despite rushing for -3 yards on six attempts. However, it was Cadet’s receiving ability that amazed fans and the reason why he made such a big splash in the Saints’ preseason opener.
Cadet had 80 receiving yards on just eight receptions, including a 24-yard gain. Standing at 6’1″ 210 pounds Cadet has decent size but might need to add some weight to be a more effective running back. However, Cadet’s frame clearly looks like that of a wide receiver and he possesses good speed to beat defenders, if his 80 yards is any indication. Furthermore, in college at Appalachian State University Cadet recorded 218 receiving yards on just 19 receptions, good enough for an 11.5 yard average.
Cadet is probably a long shot to make the Saints’ 53-man roster as a wide receiver, but after his showing in the Hall of Fame game he deserves a spot somewhere on the roster. In addition to his rushing and receiving Cadet also has the ability to contribute to the Saints’ special teams. In the Hall of Fame game Cadet gained 21 yards on one punt return and also had a 28-yard gain on one kick return. On Sunday the undrafted Cadet totaled 129 all purpose yards.
At the very least Cadet deserves a spot on the Saints’ practice squad if not the 53-man roster. Cadet has shown that he can be a good contributor for the Saints and if the Saints don’t retain him I am sure there are plenty of other teams that will be interested. Cadet’s receiving skills are just one of the many things that add to his great versatility as an NFL player.
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