By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate
The barrage of points Ryan Fitzpatrick hung on the Saints early in the season opener forced New Orleans to deviate from its plan on offense.
And as the plan changed, Alvin Kamara's workload rose.
Kamara took a career-high 52 snaps on offense in Sunday's 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay, almost 20 more than the 32.5 he averaged in the 14 games after the Saints traded away Adrian Peterson last season.
"I feel like he's in excellent shape," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "I thought he played exceptionally well yesterday, and yet it turned into one of those space-matchup games where we were throwing it more than we'd like."
Kamara, as usual, was brilliant despite the extended time, hauling in nine passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, picking up 29 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight carries and adding a two-point conversion. ...
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