While Cadet has spoken of being a complete player, he has realized that this is "an opportunity that comes around once in a lifetime." Coach Sean Payton is impressed with what he's seen even though Cadet was originally tailored for a rushing role when he first joined the team.
"He's a guy with good hands, he's sudden with a good change of direction. And I think that is one of the things we'll look for in this upcoming training camp," Payton said. "He's been able to do a lot of the things we've asked Darren to do in the passing game. You just keep building on that. He's a good young talent."
Cadet has seven catches for 49 yards and a touchdown over two seasons.
"Cadet is a player who has played in that role," Payton said. " ... I don't think you ever replace specifically a skill set like Darren's. It's unique and it's different than really our league's seen in a while for a player like his stature. But with regards to his touches, with regards to opportunities, Travaris is a guy that has played and is now going into his third year."
Payton liked Cadet's skill set to Sproles'.
"He's got very good ball skills," Payton continued. "He's a guy that can run the routes in that tree when you talk about a choice route, when you talk about an option. He can play from in the backfield but he can play from extended positions. That doesn't necessarily mean he's a wide receiver, just means he's a running back in space. So I think he's someone that is very comfortable in that role and I think he can run. I know his first season, '12, he kind of came to camp as a receiver and then we switched him back into running back. But he's a utility player that has gotten better at not just at the core skill sets of being a runner but is very comfortable when it comes to being a receiver out of the backfield."
Payton further punctuated the discussion by saying he wasn't planning to be any more run-heavy this year than in the past. Since Sproles joines the Saints their running backs have caught at least 140 passes in each of the last three years.
After two years with the
Sproles' exit leaves behind a pretty big hole in the offense, as he picked up 71 receptions and 53 carries in 15 games a year ago. The Saints have three other running backs in house to work into the offense, however, so Cadet is unlikely to take on all of Sproles' touches.
Only healthy scratches are included in the inactive list submitted by the
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