Saints lineback Demario Davis was a force against the Bucs. He recorded 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 4 pass deflections, and capped things off with an interception. On the season, Davis leads the team with 69 tackles, is second with 7.5 tackles for loss, and is third with 8 pass deflections.
“You can’t say enough about Demario and what he brings to that linebacker corps,” WWL Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister said. “He has the ability to not only stop the run but also be a blitzer for that unit and do a good job in coverage.”
On the other side of the ball, McAllister zeroed in on running back Alvin Kamara.
He was a critical component for the New Orleans Saints in their 34-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his second game back from injury, Kamara rushed for 75 yards and added another 47 yards receiving with a team-high 10 receptions, and he also returned 3 punts for 32 yards.
“I think he’s as close to 100% as you’re going to be in the NFL,” McAllister said. “The most critical part is how explosive he is, and you were able to see that.”
Kamara led the team in receptions, but wide receiver Michael Thomas unsurprisingly led the team in targets and receiving yards. Thomas has 114 targets on the year; Kamara is a distant second with 59. After that, it’s Latavius Murray with 27. The lack of a true #2 wide receiver isn’t overly concerning for McAllister, however.
“You’re getting contributions from Jared Cook; you’re getting contributions from Ted Ginn Jr.,” McAllister said. “The other player you’d love to get into that mix is Tre’Quan Smith. You still have Alvin [Kamara]. You can still mix Taysom Hill in there, and obviously you can mix Latavius Murray. You’ve got enough weapons.”
While Thomas and Kamara are vacuuming up most of the targets in the passing game, the piecemeal contributions from the rest of the offense have generally been enough. And opposing defenses have had a difficult time stopping Thomas and Kamara to begin with.