Mark Ingram will miss the first four games of the season, but that doesn't mean the New Orleans Saints will lean more heavily on Alvin Kamara.

"The mistake would be that Alvin gets 15 more carries and that's not the direction we would expect to go," Sean Payton said. "I don't think that is wise."

New Orleans running backs coach Joel Thomas echoed Payton on the dangers of projecting more carries for Kamara.

"I think it would be a disservice to him," Thomas said. "Let's be honest here -- he's excelled with the ratio he's had, whether it's the carries or the combination with the catches, as well."