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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) matches a catch New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) in a NFL (National Football League) game at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

Alvin Kamara had 15 touches against the Dolphins, which is a pretty good number in this offense. I like what he's doing in this offense, and he's been one of the more dynamic players, but I think he's in the right role right now. Mark Ingram deserves touches, too. 

The running game has had some issues. If you look at the number of runs that have resulted in either first downs, touchdowns our gains of four yards, it's only around 45 percent this season. You'd like that number to be closer to 60 percent.

That's something that should start to improve as the offensive line gets healthy. And when that happens, Kamara and Ingram should get some better looks, and it will be easier to call a higher volume of running plays.

Kenny Vaccaro struggled a little bit earlier in the season, but that was more of a result of using him in a role that doesn't suit his skills. 

His versatility is so valuable to the defense. The Saints' plan against the Dolphins was to stay away from three-cornerback looks and use Vaccaro in the slot. This allowed the team to use a bigger nickel package that would also help in stopping running back Jay Ajayi.

Maybe someone like Vonn Bell could have stood in there, but it's doubtful he'd have had the same kind of success as Vaccaro. And now, with linebacker Alex Anzalone out of action, he could also help cover some of the loss at that position.

There aren't a lot of players who can do everything he can do. It's been a dramatic start to the season for Vaccaro, but it seems like things are settling down for him.

As the league becomes more passing oriented, players like Manti Te'o, who excel against the run but struggle a bit in coverage, will have games where they don't see the field much.

Miami likes to use three receivers, which kept New Orleans in its nickel packages for most of the game, which is why Te'o ended the game playing seven snaps. He played 38 against the Patriots in Week 2 because that's what the game dictated.

It will likely be a week-to-week thing for him moving forward. He might see some more situations with Anzalone on injured reserve, but this is likely how the season will go for him moving forward.

Probably a little bit of both. 

I said this on my podcast this week, but I don't think the loss of Anzalone hurts too much in Week 6. He's shown a lot of promise, and his range will be missed, but he was still settling in.

I think someone like Craig Robertson can fill in just fine. I think the biggest impact of losing Anzalone comes later in the season when he would have been more settled in and put some of the rookie mistakes behind him.

But this is why you build depth at a position. New Orleans has the personnel to replace Anzalone without much attrition.

I think P.J. Williams can play in the slot. He did a pretty good job against Carolina. His issues the first two weeks were largely due to mental errors. It wasn't an inside/outside thing.

I expect he'll keep getting snaps there when Delvin Breaux returns from injury. Another option could be to get Marshon Lattimore some snaps on the inside. He's been great on the outside, and I'm not expecting anything, but I've heard that some people in the building think he has the skillset to take some snaps there.

With the first quarter of the season in the books, who do you have as your Offensive and Defensive MVPs? Just based on weeks 1-4 -- Kyle Taylor

The offense hasn't quite been at its usual level, so the options there are little bit more limited. Just off of the first four weeks, I think I'd have to go with Michael Thomas. He's deserving of the honor, but there really isn't anyone else who has been consistent on a week-to-week basis.

Defensively, I'd probably go with Cam Jordan. He's often been the best player on the field and he's been very disruptive so far. My other options would be either Ken Crawley or Marshon Lattimore. But neither player has played enough to make a serious run at Jordan.

It's a sporting event. I'm trying to set a tone and send a little bit of a message. The songs also have to sound like anthems. 

I think my playlist would go like this:

"The Champ" by Ghostface Killah

"Hate Me Now" by Nas featuring Puff Daddy

"Millions" by Pusha T featuring Rick Ross

"Shook Ones Pt. II" by Mobb Deep

"Money On My Mind" by Lil Wayne

"Intro" by D.M.X.

"Dipset Anthem" by The Diplomats

"Victory" by Puff Daddy featuring Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes

"Put On" by Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West

"Ambitionz Az a Ridah" by 2Pac

"X Gon' Give It To Ya" by DMX

"Who Gon Stop Me" by Jay-Z and Kanye West

"Don't Like" by Pusha T, Kanye West, Chief Keef, Big Sean and Jadakiss

"Banned from TV" by Noreaga featuring Big Pun, Cam'ron, Jadakiss, Nature & Styles P

"Run" by Ghostface Killah featuring Jadakiss

"B.M.F." by Rick Ross featuring Styles P

"Public Service Announcement" by Jay-Z

"Ante Up" by M.O.P.

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