Alvin Kamara, linebacker play help Saints beat Chargers in second preseason game


In his professional career debut in the National Football League, running back Alvin Kamara, one of the Saints' three third rounder picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, powered the game with four carries for 35 yards, including a burst for additional 22-yard gain. "My intensity was not good enough".

Chargers nose tackle Damion Square (71) helps defensive back Desmond King, right, sack New Orleans quarterback Chase Daniel late in the second quarter at StubHub Center in Carson on Sunday, August 20, 2017. But perhaps the former Tennessee standout can earn playing time with a strong preseason and efforts like Sunday's. On offensive side, veteran quarterback Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a 7-0 lead on team's opening run. With Rivers out, Kellen Clemens got the start.

Cardale Jones quarterbacked the Chargers in the second half.

One reason to be concerned: The Chargers' offensive line allowed eight sacks and failed to get much push in the running game.

Linebacker Nick Dzubnar took "complete responsibility" for Kamara's touchdown "because that run hit my gap", he said. "All you can do now is watch film and get better from it".

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Kamara, who was selected by the Saints in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, is now behind Adrian Peterson and former Alabama RB Mark Ingram on New Orleans' depth chart. Brees also did not play.

The fourth possession featured a 14-yard scramble by Clemens, but ended shortly after when he took - yes - another sack.

Kicker Wil Lutz made both of his field goal attempts, too, including a long of 53 yards.

Attendance for the game was officially 21,197 in a venue that holds 27,000. Nassib played the entire second half ahead of Garrett Grayson. It's not like this has been a franchise without legitimate talent, but the Chargers just haven't been able to put together a winning season in quite some time.