RB Pierre Thomas - New Orleans Saints
|5-10, 205||Born: 12-18-1984||College: Illinois||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Wed Dec 17): Thomas was able to chew up big chunks of yards on screen passes, and he was also in at times in the goal line offense. He's back to being an upside flex play in PPR leagues for championship week.
Week 16: vs Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Way back in Week 1, Mark Ingram (13/60/2 rushing and 1/1/0 receiving) and Khiry Robinson (6/28/1 rushing) both punched in TDs for the Saints, and they ground out 28/139/3 rushing during a tough OT loss in Atlanta. Since then Ingram has been the main workhorse for the Saints, but recently Robinson is working his way back into action after a long injury absence - last Monday Night, Ingram ran 17/59/1 against the Bears, while Robinson (3/10/0 rushing with 2/10/0 receiving) and Pierre Thomas (2/11/0 with 5/83/0) performed in the change-of-pace role. When it comes to carries out of the backfield, Ingram is the man, but Thomas tends to handle the receiving duties (similar to how things have worked in years past). Atlanta's rush D is putrid this year, averaging 117.4 yards rushing allowed per game (20th in the NFL) with a league-worst 19 rushing scores given away over 14 games. Pittsburgh was 'limited' to 22/45 rushing, but LeVeon Bell crammed in two TDs anyway. Two weeks ago, Green Bay put up 30/179/2 rushing on this defensive front. Advantage, Ingram and the Saints' other backs.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs PIT (3 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Thomas played fairly well, but with the Saints looking to establish the run on the back of Ingram, he did not get many opportunities either as a rusher or receiver. He remains a solid, if unspectacular contributor in the Saints backfield. Thomas is likely to have more of an impact in games the Saints trail. When the Saints are able to jump out to an early lead, they ride Ingram. It was a poor game script for the veteran Thomas as Ingram got five times as many touches overall (25 to 5).
2014 Week 14 vs CAR (5 / 38 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)
Thomas got only a handful of snaps early as the Saints stuck primarily with Ingram while the game was in doubt. Down by 38 in the 4th quarter, Thomas was the primary RB and had some modest production in garbage time. He was able to break off a long run up the middle in the final minutes of the blow out. While the numbers don't look terrible, this game provides further evidence that Ingram is the guy in the Saints backfield now.
2014 Week 15 vs CHI (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 83 / 0 rec)
Thomas had his best game in quite a while. His first touch of the game resulted in a 39-yard-gain on a middle screen. He slipped out of the backfield behind two of his offensive linemen and caught the ball with plenty of room to run. He finished the run in impressive fashion, dragging would-be tacklers an extra ten yards before his finally being dragged down. Thomas' 2nd touch was another screen for a big gain as he leaked out of the backfield, caught the ball and raced down the left sideline for a 32-yard-gain. Thomas got a touch inside the five on an option pitch from Brees but was stood up two yards short of the end zone. Overall, it was a strong performance from Thomas and of the Saints top three RBs, he is clearly the biggest weapon in the passing game.
Latest NewsSaints | Pierre Thomas leaves early (Sun Dec 21, 02:37 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ribs) left the team's Week 16 game early after injuring his ribs and is considered questionable to return. Our View: Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will see more work as Thomas is missing a chance to benefit from a game script that will have the Saints in catchup mode for the second half.
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