Last summer, Travaris Cadet joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State and grinded his way onto the active roster. From being a long shot a year ago, Cadet is much further along in year two with the Black-and-Gold.
"You get that year up under your belt, you see how things go," Cadet said. "How the system rolls, how the coaches run it. You can go out there and execute the plan instead of just thinking."
Head Coach Sean Payton has seen Cadet's potential, "I think he's handling some of the base stuff better, you seen him running between the tackles a little bit better. But he's got good ball skills, he's smart. Some of the things I've seen him do are encouraging. You know I think in the return game he's going to improve."
Ranking seventh in the NFL last season in kick return average with 26.5 yards per attempt, it's Cadet's versatility that makes him even more valuable.
"He can catch the ball well out the backfield," said teammate Rafael Bush. "He can also run in between the tackles, he's got speed. He's got vision for kickoff returns and he can also cover kicks, so the more you can do, the better you are off."
And even though the Saints did trade away fellow running back Chris Ivory earlier this offseason, there's no guarantee that Cadet earns a spot on the 53-man roster this year. So his focus every day is getting better and proving his worth.
"From day one, I've seen that this would be a hard team to make," Cadet said. "In life you want something that's going to push you to your full potential. Bring everything out of you. You're gonna get knocked down 10 times, are you gonna get up 11?"
Offensive lineman Ben Grubbs added, "He's just a great guy, and I'm not even speaking about football right now. He's just a great guy off the field, and usually when you have that character off the field, and then he continues to work on the field, that's the total package."
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