2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Saints' Cadet looking to avoid fumbles

    2013-08-23 19:46

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints running back Travaris Cadet knows he has to hold on to the football.

One of the surprise players from last year's training camp, Cadet fumbled twice during the Saints' 28-20 preseason victory against the Oakland Raiders last Friday night.

The Raiders recovered one fumble, a Saints teammate recovered the other.

Though neither cost the Saints on the scoreboard, coach Sean Payton said of Cadet's fumbles, ``that can't happen.''

``Really, it's no excuses,'' Cadet said. ``Ball security is the No. 1 thing you need to have in this league because when you lose the turnover battle, you put yourself and your team in a bad hole.

``When you get knocked down, you have to get back up. You get knocked down 12 (times), you get back up 13.''

Cadet returned to practice this week intent on focusing on the present, knowing perhaps that his future in New Orleans might depend on how he responds to adversity.

``(Cadet) is a very diligent worker and very conscientious player; those are all very good traits,'' said Payton, who missed Cadet's rookie season in 2012 while serving a season-long suspension for his role in the bounty scandal. ``And I think he will respond the right way.''

Both of Cadet's fumbles came in the third quarter and were part of an error-filled period for the Saints, who saw the Raiders cut a 23-7 halftime deficit to 27-17 heading into the fourth quarter.

On the first fumble, Raiders safety Brandian Ross used his helmet to pry the ball from Cadet's grasp with defensive end Jack Crawford recovering at the Oakland 43. But the Saints defense forced a punt.

On Cadet's second fumble, the Saints avoided potential disaster when guard Tim Lelito pounced on the ball at the New Orleans 3.

``These mistakes are on me,'' Cadet said. ``I point the finger at nobody. Things like that happen. You can't keep thinking about it through practices because if you continue to keep thinking about it, it's going to keep happening.

``You can't dwell on the past. You have to move on, and that's the way you be great. I'm going to learn from them and get better.''

The sooner the better for Cadet, who is trying to fend off a challenge from undrafted rookie Khiry Robinson of West Texas A&M.

The top three spots belong to veteran running backs Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. Cadet appears to be the next in line because of his NFL experience and versatility, though Robinson is making a strong case for himself in training camp.

Cadet has accounted for 78 all-purpose yards - 35 yards on 18 carries, 22 yards on two catches and 21 yards on two punt returns.

Robinson has accounted for 145 yards from scrimmage - a team-high 102 yards rushing on 22 carries and 43 yards receiving on four catches.

Robinson is making a good case for getting a roster spot in the preseason, much as Cadet did a year ago when he came from being an undrafted rookie free agent from Appalachian State to become the fifth running back on the final 53-man roster.

Cadet may need a strong finish in the remaining preseason games against the Texans on Sunday and at Miami on Aug. 29 to keep his job.

``What happened to Cadet easily could have happened to me,'' Robinson said. ``With my running style, sometimes the ball comes out. It's just a mistake you've got to learn from.''

NOTES: Saints running back Pierre Thomas is expected to see his first action of the preseason Sunday. He has missed the first two preseason games with an undisclosed injury. ... Payton said he expected most of the starters will play at least the first half. ... Wide receiver Marques Colston (foot) and LB Will Herring (undisclosed injury) are game-time decisions. ... LB Jonathan Vilma (knee), OLB Martez Wilson (elbow), FB Jed Collins (undisclosed), OLB Junior Galette (knee) and LB Chris Chamberlain (excused absence) will not play.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Peyton ManningJan 30 12:52p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning may make a decision on whether he plans to return for another season in the near future, according to his dad, Archie Manning. Archie [ More ]

Brandon MarshallJan 30 10:42a

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall may not return to the team in 2015, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright. The thinking is that Marshall and WR Alshon [ More ]

LeSean McCoyJan 30 02:32a

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy has said he would restructure his contract to lower the $11.95 million cap hit for 2015, but he will not take a pay cut.

Larry FitzgeraldJan 29 05:52p

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's new contract should be able to get worked out this offseason, according to team president Michael Bidwill. 'Larry and I have met about it, [ More ]

Earl ThomasJan 29 01:12p

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) was administered a human growth hormone test by the league Wednesday, Jan. 28, and he believes it was directed at him after he [ More ]

Austin CollieJan 29 03:33a

Free-agent WR Austin Collie (Patriots) signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Tom BradyJan 28 12:33p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) admitted that he is currently battling a cold, but he said he expects to be 100% ready for the Super Bowl Sunday, [ More ]

Brandon MebaneJan 27 11:23p

Seattle Seahawks DL Brandon Mebane (hamstring) said Tuesday, Jan. 27, that his hamstring surgery went well and he should be full go for the team's offseason program in April.

Richard ShermanJan 27 11:23p

Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) has torn ligaments in his elbow, but he is improving daily and he is no longer receiving treatment for the injury.

LeGarrette BlountJan 27 08:33p

New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount should be a factor in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, in the opinion of Boston Herald writer Karen [ More ]

Adrian PetersonJan 27 07:43p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was directed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to meet with a league-assigned psychiatrist following Peterson's suspension. The National Football League Players Association is now [ More ]

Rob GronkowskiJan 27 12:23p

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is an offensive weapon that the Seattle Seahawks are focused on shutting down during the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. Seahawks head coach [ More ]

Trent RichardsonJan 27 10:43a

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson's one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team voided the guarantee of a $3,184,062 salary in 2015.

Josh GordonJan 26 02:13p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is in Stage Three of an alcohol program, which requires him to be tested for alcohol for a minimum of two years. His failed [ More ]

Rob GronkowskiJan 26 02:03p

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski could cause a problem for the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX, because the Seahawks defense allowed 11 touchdowns to tight ends this [ More ]

Earl ThomasJan 26 02:03p

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) said he won't miss the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots with a dislocated shoulder, but he also admitted that it won't [ More ]

Odell Beckham Jr.Jan 26 01:52p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said he'll need to shut himself down this offseason in order to enter 2015 fully healthy and in great shape. He [ More ]

Josh GordonJan 26 12:33p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon tested positive for alcohol, according to sources, and his failed test will subject him to a possible one-year suspension. Gordon caught 24 passes for [ More ]

Vontaze BurfictJan 26 12:23p

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, and the surgeon who operated on him is hoping that he will be at [ More ]

Odell Beckham Jr.Jan 26 11:22a

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said he played this season with two tears in his right hamstring, which never fully healed.

Josh GordonJan 25 09:12p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be under contract through the 2016 season, and he will only be a restricted free agent after that year due to his looming [ More ]

Josh GordonJan 25 04:12p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has reportedly failed another drug test and will be subject to a one-year banishment, according to multiple league sources.

Earl ThomasJan 23 09:02p

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) will play in the Super Bowl, head coach Pete Carroll said Friday, Jan. 23.

Dennis PittaJan 23 04:22p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) met with some specialists last week, but the team is not expected to have an update on his status for a few weeks, [ More ]

Johnny ManzielJan 23 01:12p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their [ More ]

Jimmy GrahamJan 23 10:32a

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. 'It's something we [ More ]

Mark IngramJan 22 06:42p

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason, wants to return to the team next year, and he thinks the interest is [ More ]

Vernon DavisJan 22 06:22p

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis had just two touchdowns in 2014, and they both came in Week 1. He also wasn't targeted at all in the red zone [ More ]

Geno SmithJan 22 05:32p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith has a lot of talent and promise, according to new head coach Todd Bowles. At the same time, Bowles acknowledged that the quarterback [ More ]

Brian HoyerJan 22 04:52p

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer could be re-signed this offseason, according to his agent. Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.

Johnny ManzielJan 22 02:43p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be working with a new offensive coordinator this year in John DeFilippo, but DeFilippo is unsure if the team's quarterback next year is [ More ]

Joe FlaccoJan 22 12:52p

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco will have his fourth difference offensive coordinator in as many years in offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. However, head coach John Harbaugh is confident Flacco [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group