2012 New Orleans Saints: Is Travaris Cadet a Mix of Ivory and Sproles?

Jason BernosContributor IIAugust 11, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 9:   Travaris Cadet #39 of the New Orleans Saints gains yardage during a game against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on August 9, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Travaris Cadet might not be a household around the league, but around Who Dat Nation his presence is being felt with his hard play and great athleticism. He is the Black and Gold's new jack-of-all-trades back.

It's just a shame Sean Payton won't be around this year to enjoy this new toy he found for his offense.

There is one thing that stands out when I see Cadet run with the football. It's that he is a combination of two running backs on the New Orleans Saints right now. Those two backs are Chris Ivory and Darren Sproles.

Now, Cadet might not have the features that make these players great rounded into shape yet, but you can see that the potential is there.

Cadet might not get too many yards when he is running between the tackles, but he soon will. His style between there almost mimics Ivory's violence inside as well, but with one notable exception. Ivory will make a hole if none, or die trying. Cadet will hit the line and try to bounce and look for other opportunities.

That's where the similarities to Sproles come into play. Through these first two games, you can see the burst that Cadet has when he gets the ball in his hands. It's extremely quick, just like Sproles, but not to that elite level. But it's not far off.

His special teams play should also help his chances of making the team both in the return game and covering kicks. He had a nearly 30-yard kickoff return, and a couple of his punt returns made a couple people miss despite not going far.

Cadet stands 6'1", 210 lbs and is a little light for between-the-tackles duty. (As I say that I see Sproles barreling into the line, but that's not normal. It works for now, but not normal.) It would be interesting if the Saints would use Cadet as a backup to Lance Moore in the slot. There is no clear backup behind Moore besides Sproles at that position. And evidently New Orleans is checking out the Appalachian St. rookie's hands with his 14 catches in the first two weeks, including an eight-catch, 80-yard game on opening night versus the Cardinals.

There's no telling what's up Pete Carmichael's sleeve, but it looks like the Saints plan on using a lot of this undrafted rookie during the season and not just on the practice squad.