Saints host former cardinals, Texas backs off David Johnson amid Alvin Camara uncertainty, report says

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Alvin Camara hasn’t taken the field for the Saints off-season, and the back-to-back star may not for a while, awaiting possible NFL discipline for his involvement in the alleged February attack. Meanwhile, his team spent Monday exploring a potential emergency alternative, hosting former New Orleans and Texas Cardinals, and David Johnson returning for a free agent visit, According to Nick Underhill.

Kamara has been the centerpiece of the Saints attack when in good shape, leading 1,200 yards of scrimmage in each of his five seasons in the NFL. But the previous Offensive Rookie of the Year could be suspended for multiple games while facing a battery charge resulting in significant physical damage, which stems from an attack at a Las Vegas nightclub on the eve of the 2022 Pro Bowl. The next hearing on the case is scheduled for August, during the Saints’ Training Camp, and the conviction could go to prison.

Behind Kamara, the depth of the Saints’ backs is weak. Top reserve Mark Ingram is the franchisor’s favorite, but he’s 32 and hasn’t even averaged four yards per carry since 2020. The other backup on the list is Tony Jones Jr., a former unprotected reserve who grossed 155 yards in two seasons; And Dwayne Washington, one of the Lions’ reserve team members who only made 20, has held the last three years while starring in a special team role.

In the meantime, David Johnson will offer plenty of experience at least initially. The 30-year-old former All-Pro player has struggled to replicate the massive diversity in his career run since 2016, and has missed 26 games over the past five seasons. But he has scored 63 starts during his career, first with the Cardinals (2015-2019) and then with the Texans (2020-2021). He’s also a proven passer, having topped 30 receptions in all but one of seven NFL seasons.

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