Buffalo Bills: Who is Travaris Cadet?

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 31: Travaris Cadet
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 31: Travaris Cadet /

The Buffalo Bills signed Travaris Cadet on Saturday morning, but what do we know about him? Here are five facts about the running back.

Taiwan Jones suffered some terrible luck towards the end of Thursday night’s 34-21 loss to the New York Jets. He broke his arm when the Buffalo Bills attempted an onside kick, and has been put on injured reserve after having his season ended.

As reported by WGR 550Travaris Cadet was signed on Saturday morning to take Jones’ spot on the roster. Here are five facts to help you get to the know the newest member of the Buffalo Bills:

1) Cadet went to Miami Central high school. When he left, Rivals.com rated him a three-star recruit and the nation’s No. 19 dual-threat quarterback.

He went to the University of Toledo in 2007, where he redshirted as a freshman before transferring to Pearl River C.C. He transferred to Appalachian State University in 2009.

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2) While at Appalachian State, Cadet was described by the Mountaineers as: “One of the most explosive players in the nation … due to his game-breaking skills.”

The Moutaineers used him in a multitude of positions, include running back, wide receiver and punt/kickoff returner. He only saw time as a quarterback during his first year at Appalachian, completing 20 of 36 passes for 241 yards and one pick.

3) Cadet’s best season — statistically speaking — was his final year, in 2011. He totaled 1,703 yards, including rushing, receiving and punt/kickoff returns.

However, he was almost as effective the previous year, when he had a combined 1,694 yards. Both seasons, he scored seven total touchdowns.

4) Despite showing flashes of what he could do, Cadet was not drafted out of college. He finally signed with the New Orleans Saints, where he has spent the majority of his NFL career.

During his first season, he only had one official carry, for five yards. However, he did also have a 45-yard run, but it was called back for holding.

5) Cadet has been much more effective as a pass catcher out of the backfield. In five seasons heading into 2017, he had totaled 102 receptions for over 800 yards and seven scores.

He should prove to be extremely useful in this role for the Buffalo Bills. He is coming off arguably his best season since turning pro, with career highs of 40 receptions and four scores, to go along with 281 receiving yards.

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