NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - One team's roster-filler is another team's prized weapon. Throughout the Sean Payton era in New Orleans, we've seen a few examples of that. The latest is running back Travaris Cadet.
The Miami native spent his first three seasons wearing black and gold, but he didn't get re-signed by the Saints following the 2014 season and says that decision by the organization wasn't an easy one for him to stomach.
"This is my home," says Cadet. "It was tough leaving this place and these guys and all the relationships I'd built in the locker room and relationships I'd built in the city."
What helped fuel his return to the Saints is their lack of ability to use C.J. Spiller effectively and consistently as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Where Spiller barely saw the field in some games, Cadet immediately made his presence felt with three catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in his first game back in the Big Easy.
"When you know the system, it makes everything more comfortable," says Cadet. "If Drew (Brees) makes a check or Drew wants me to be in a certain area, I know what he's thinking. He knows what I'm thinking. I've been with Drew for three years. It's kind of like he raised me in this league. I came up behind (Darren) Sproles and Pierre (Thomas) and all of those guys that took the time to show me the right way."
"There's a great level of trust and confidence and familiarity with Cadet being that he was here for three previous years," says Brees. "He's been on a few other teams this year, but when he came back, it was kind of like old times doing a lot of the same stuff that registered with him."
Making his strong performance against the Jaguars even more enjoyable is the journey back. Cadet battled a preseason hamstring injury before brief stops with the Patriots and 49ers and called it a rough season, but it never affected his attitude.
"If you're on the couch when a team calls you, then you're still on the couch," says Cadet. "But if you're out working and allowing adversity to fuel your fire and not giving up and staying grounded and grinding, good things eventually happen. A true champion can always bounce back."
Maybe the Saints can take that attitude into the 2016 season.