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Saints rookie Boston Scott willing to do "whatever it takes" to get on the field

Steve Geller
May 14, 2018 - 3:12 pm
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I don't think many of us thought that 6th round draft pick Boston Scott was going to see a lot of action with the Saints this season. After all, the running back from Louisiana Tech was joining one of the best backfields in the NFL.  Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara tore up the league in 2017, but things can change rather quickly. In a stunning turn of events, Ingram wont be available for the first 4 games of the 2018 season due to suspension. 

The Saints did know about Ingram's situation before the draft, but opted not to use one of their early selections on a running back. They waited until the 201st pick to take Scott.  The 5ft6, 203 pound rusher is a Baton Rouge native that prepped at Zachary.  This Louisiana kid grew up a Saints fan and is itching to make a name for himself. 

"It's just an incredible opportunity to be out here, to be a part of the Saints organization", said Scoot after day 2 of rookie mini camp. "I'm glad I can come out here and contribute in any way that I can. Whether that's special teams, offense; whatever it takes. I'm just looking to get on the field and produce."

Scott rushed for over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns his senior season with the Bulldogs and displayed a knack for making defenders miss.  The pass catching back proved hard to bring down, forcing 45 missed tackles on 180 touches. Being a short RB who is able to catch the ball out the backfield with slippery elusiveness has drawn some comparisons to former Saint Darren Sproles. 

"I've watched a lot of Darren's film, tape, breakdowns and have an incredible amount of respect for him", says Scott. "I definitely look up to him and there are some things I look to replicate out of his game. But, I also look to be Boston Scott." 

The 23 year old will be competing with the likes of Trey Edmunds, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Lasco in training camp. Last year's offenive rookie of the year Alvin Kamara will surely see somewhat of an increaed work load, but the team doesn't want to overload him either.   

"Certainly you miss something with a guy like Mark Ingram in those early weeks", Coach Payton said. "But I think for us it’s going to be evaluating that whole position and determining who can handle some of that role because the mistake would be that Alvin gets fifteen more carries and that’s not the direction we are expected to go and I think that is wise.”

Payton added that he likes the guys he has on the roster now, so currently there are now plans to add a veteran free agent rusher. Opportunity is knocking for Scott, and we'll get more of an idea of what exactly he can do next week  when voluntary organized team activities begin. 

 

 

 

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