Cadet scores touchdown for Saints
by Staff Reports
Former Appalachian State running back Travaris Cadet caught eight passes for 80 yards and a touchdown for the New Orleans Saints in the team’s 17-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio Sunday.
Cadet, an undrafted free agent, caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter from Chase Daniel to give the Saints a 17-7 halftime lead Daniel completed 15-of-20 passes for 203 yards and an interception.
“I’m never satisfied. I could have done better,” Cadet said on the NOLA.com web site. “I just wanted to go out and show my teammates that I can make plays. “
Cadet was not a successful running the ball. He carried the ball six times for minus three yards. Instead, Cadet contributed to the Saints’ victory by catching the ball. His 7-yard reception on a third-and-six helped put New Orleans kicker John Kasay into field goal range. Kasay’s 22-yard kick gave the Saints a 10-7 lead.
Cadet led the Mountaineers in rushing last season with 651 yards and six touchdowns rushing on 151 attempts. He said that he’s learned a lot from veteran Saints running backs Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles about how to play running back in the NFL.
“Actually Pierre has been talking to me since day one along with (Darren) Sproles,” Cadet said. “It’s two great football players and experience players who have been here and who have been at the top level of their game and have been successful in this league. I appreciate them taking me under their wing and showing me the way.”
Thomas feels that Cadet has talent and was anxious to see the former ASU standout play in a game.
“There’s a lot of talent in that kid coming into camp,” Thomas said. “There was a lot of talent in that kid that he showed during the OTAs and I could wait to see him in an actual game and see what he could do out there. He did a great job.”
The Saints take on New England Thursday in their second exhibition game. New Orleans plays at the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 16.