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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Saints coach Sean Payton speaks frankly about how itís not really possible to substitute what his team lost when it traded running back Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles. ďI donít think you ever replace a skill set like Darrenís,Ē ...

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Saints coach Sean Payton speaks frankly about how itís not really possible to substitute what his team lost when it traded running back Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles.

ďI donít think you ever replace a skill set like Darrenís,Ē Payton said to media at the annual NFL owners meeting in Orlando on Wednesday. ďItís unique, and itís different really than our league has seen in a while with a player of his stature.Ē

But, in reserve running back Travaris Cadet, the Saints have a player on their roster who ó while not nearly as proven as Sproles ó shares some qualities with the man who led New Orleans in all-purpose yards each of the three seasons he was there, Payton added.

And heíll have plenty of help from the remaining members of his position group: Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas.

ďHeís a guy that can run the routes (Sproles) did,Ē Payton said of Cadet. ďHe is a utility player that has gotten better at the core skill set of just being a runner but is very comfortable when it comes to being a receiver out the backfield.Ē

Few will argue with Payton that he shipped off a valuable commodity in Sproles, who the Eagles acquired for a fifth-round pick earlier in March. Among his many feats, Sproles set an NFL record for all-purpose yards (2,696) in 2011 and scored 24 touchdowns in 48 games for the Saints.

But Payton knows there are three reasons not to fret about not having Sproles on the roster. First, the Saints still have Robinson and Ingram, who especially showed how dangerous they can be on the ground in a wildcard win last season at Philadelphia in which the Saints racked up 185 yards, the second-most in franchise history for a postseason contest.

Then, there is the eight-year veteran Thomas, who as the Saints' leading rusher and led the NFL in catches with 77.

ďWeíve carried and had quite a bit of depth at that position,Ē Payton said. ďWeíve always felt itís important.Ē

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Old 03-26-2014, 05:03 PM   #2
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Re: Sean Payton: Darren Sproles canít be replaced, but Travaris Cadet, others can ease loss

Cadet has a massive fumbling issue though

he fumbled like 4 times in the preseason alone
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Re: Sean Payton: Darren Sproles canít be replaced, but Travaris Cadet, others can ease loss

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Cadet has a massive fumbling issue though

he fumbled like 4 times in the preseason alone
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Re: Sean Payton: Darren Sproles canít be replaced, but Travaris Cadet, others can ease loss

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Cadet has a massive fumbling issue though

he fumbled like 4 times in the preseason alone
Which is why I would rather the Saints had cut him than any of the other RBs.
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Re: Sean Payton: Darren Sproles canít be replaced, but Travaris Cadet, others can ease loss

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Cadet has a massive fumbling issue though

he fumbled like 4 times in the preseason alone
It was actually 1 lost fumble, same number as Robinson.
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Re: Sean Payton: Darren Sproles canít be replaced, but Travaris Cadet, others can ease loss

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It was actually 1 lost fumble, same number as Robinson.
1 lost fumble, but quite a few that someone recovered which is still an issue
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Re: Sean Payton: Darren Sproles canít be replaced, but Travaris Cadet, others can ease loss

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1 lost fumble, but quite a few that someone recovered which is still an issue
Actually 2 fumbles and 1 lost, same as Khiry Robinson.
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Re: Sean Payton: Darren Sproles canít be replaced, but Travaris Cadet, others can ease loss

And Cadet just might be the reason why the staff was willing to ship Sproles. They probably know something we don't.
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Cadet needs to establish himself in TC. Sproles was a business decision......and nothing more.
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