New Orleans Saints running back Travaris Cadet made a big splash in last season’s preseason, and as a result had earned a spot on the 53-man roster. Cadet is a jack-of-all-trades as he literally does everything from rushing, receiving, and returning. This season, Cadet will be the Saints number-four running back behind Pierre Thomas and will be asked to play a similar role as the recently departed Chris Ivory.
Last season, Cadet played in 13 games, but only rushed once for five yards. However, Cadet did spend most of his time on the special teams returning 26 kickoffs with his longest return being 75 yards. Next season, Cadet will likely spend some more time on the special teams, but he could play wide receiver if necessary. Furthermore, Cadet will probably get some more carries in the backfield with the Saints vowing to get back to their running game.
Cadet is a lot like Darren Sproles except that he is bigger and stronger, but not as experienced. Based on his versatility alone, Cadet will make the Saints’ 53-man roster again and he will do whatever the team needs him to do. In training camp he could compete for the number-three running back spot, but the Saints seem set on Sproles, Thomas and Mark Ingram as their top three running backs.
Next season, Cadet will probably return some more kickoffs and give Sproles a break from returning duties. Furthermore, Cadet will probably also be on the kickoff team for the Saints as he continues to carve a niche with the Saints’ special teams, perhaps a Courtney Roby 2.0?