Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have anchored the New Orleans Saints’ backfield the past two seasons as one of the NFL’s top rushing tandems — and they both made the Pro Bowl after the 2017 campaign.
New Orleans’ offensive line, widely regarded as one of the league’s best units, deserves a lot of credit for opening holes for Ingram and Kamara — and left tackle Terron Armstead and center Max Unger made the Pro Bowl after the 2018 season.
Meanwhile, one of the players who makes it all go is flying under the radar — and he’s perfectly OK with that.
“If those guys are doing well, that means I’m doing my job,” fullback Zach Line said recently, ahead of the Saints’ Divisional Round showdown with the Eagles. “When I go in, I want to make sure we have a productive play, because we’re not going to call 21 (two running backs, one tight end) or 22 personnel (two running backs, two tight ends), which is what I’m in, if we’re not having productive runs, whenever the play is called.
“There’s a little bit of an ego sense to the fullback position, because if you can make a big block — people hear the crack — that’s one of those you’re kind of setting the tempo or you’re creating a spark for the offense. I feel like sometimes if you make a big block to clear a running back, people see that.”