New Orleans watched the birth of a generational talent a couple of years ago.
Alvin Kamara routinely had moments that were better than anyone else's moments. He ran through people. He ran around people. He'd get hit one, two, three times on the same run and not fall.
It seemed certain that in time, with more touches, Kamara would prove to be among the best of all time.
It was written.
For now, at least.
Kamara still possesses the talent that would make spectators gasp for air as he did something no one has ever seen before as a rookie, but those moments have been fleeting the last two seasons. Many factors -- namely injuries -- have led to Kamara taking a little bit of a step back.
Now, it should be mentioned that even a slight dip from generational greatness can feel like a big dip, but the Saints running back is still among the best in the league at his position. He just hasn't been 2017 good.
To try and get a better understanding of what has been going on, I analyzed all of Kamara's carries from the last three seasons, categorized them by run type, and tried to locate any differences between seasons.
A few things became clear by the end.