METAIRIE, La. – Travaris Cadet’s taste of the NFL is taking on a different feel this week.
After making the New Orleans Saints’ roster as a running back, the coaching staff appears to be taking advantage of his versatility, working him with the receivers this week as the team prepares for Sunday’s home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I can contribute at running back, receiver, it doesn’t really matter,” Cadet said. “As long as the ball is in my hands, I can contribute. If I don’t have the ball, blocking comes into play. But I guess they’re plans is to try to put me more on the perimeter.”
The undrafted rookie free agent from Appalachian State is used to being moved around.
Cadet (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) started his college career at quarterback before being moved to receiver. He then became a return specialist. Running back came into the picture only the past two years after he broke his thumb, forcing coaches to move into the backfield.
But he has plenty of experience playing out wide.
“In college when we went four wide, I was primarily the slot guy,” Cadet said. “We had a couple of five-wide formations where I was the slot guy. And we had a couple of formations where I was the outside guy, I played the X. I’m real familiar with the position.”
Cadet finished his two years at App State with 3,929 all-purpose yards, split between running and kick return yardage. In high school, he earned first-team All-Dade County by the Miami Herald after throwing for 1,391 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 450 more and another two touchdowns as a senior.