RB Pierre Thomas, Free agent
HT: 5-10, WT: 205, Born: 12-18-1984, College: Illinois, Drafted: ---
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: K Wright (77), G Olsen (78), Pierre Thomas (79), S Jackson (80), G Tate (81)
Position: T Richardson (64-RB28), S Ridley (75-RB29), Pierre Thomas (79 - RB30), S Jackson (80-RB31), L Miller (82-RB32)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: M Colston (71), M Wallace (72), Pierre Thomas (73), C Newton (74), R Griffin III (75)
Position: B Tate (63-RB27), T Richardson (65-RB28), Pierre Thomas (73 - RB29), L Miller (80-RB30), M Jones-Drew (89-RB31)
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Pierre Thomas was one of only two undrafted rookie free agents in 2007 to make the Saints' roster and has remained with the team for his entire career. He recently signed a 3-year $6.9 Million contract, including $2.4 Million guaranteed and a $1.25 Million signing bonus. His yards per carry dropped back to 3.7 last year, after averaging 4.8 for the previous two seasons, but he tied his career high for rushes with 147 and also caught a career high 77 passes. For his career, Thomas has rushed for 3,522 yards, caught 284 passes for another 2,231 yards and scored 37 TDs. He seems to excel for the team in critical spots, particularly third downs. He always runs hard, rarely goes down on first contact and averages 4.6 ypc over his career. His per game opportunities had decreased somewhat for the past three seasons since his career high 1,095 yards from scrimmage in 2009, but last year he totaled 1,062 yards on a career high 224 touches. His opportunity for receptions should remain high with the departure of Darren Sproles and he should continue to a part of this yearís version of the Saintsí RBBC. Thomas had 7 games last year with double digit rushes, which was more than his career average and now has 34 games out of his 94 career games with double digit rushes.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Pierre Thomas was the leading rusher for the Saints, but managed only 9 carries for 43 yards. As usual, he ran hard on all his carries and made the most of his chances. He only lost yardage once and had the longest rushing play on the day for the Saints at 11 yards. Thomas was also targeted twice in each half and caught all four for 16 additional yards.
Week 2 - Pierre Thomas played third fiddle in the first half to Sproles and Ingram, only seeing sparse action on one drive in the second quarter. He was given a GL carry on third down from the one yard line, but was unable to squeeze in behind his overmatched O-line. Thomas was more active in the second half, finishing the game with nine touches and averaged almost six YPC. He ran with power and patience on a strong 11 yard run early in the second half, running behind FB Erik Lorig. Thomas was contacted by three Bucs defenders after five yards, but drove them back another six yards by keeping his legs moving.
Week 3 - RB Pierre Thomas was effective catching the ball for the Saints, but the team was again unable to run the ball. Thomas was stopped on third and one in the middle of the second quarter halting a drive. Thomas had all three of the team's rushes in the first half and never gained yardage, totaling a loss of five yards for the three carries. Immediately after a 3rd quarter Cardinal sack, Thomas caught a screen pass and made a nifty move to the outside gaining 16 yards and another first down. Thomas finally gained some positive yardage on a rush with one of his patented tackle breaking runs, but only for two yards. Thomas moved the Saints into the red zone by escaping a shirt sleeve tackle attempt and then running over a Cardinal defender for an 11-yard pick-up. After the latest Brees scramble, Thomas broke one outside and ran tough for ten yards to give his team a first and goal to go. Thomas caught all six of his targets for 39 yards.
Week 4 - Thomas started the game, but Sproles and Robinson were also used in the teamís first offensive possession which marched swiftly down the field for a touchdown. He had one carry on each of the first two possessions for a 3-yard gain and a loss of 2-yards. Thomas caught a swing pass out of the backfield and made a nice move to avoid the first player, but only gained 1 yard. Thomas was again stuffed for a loss of three as the Dolphins defensive line is winning the battle. On the Saintsí second touchdown drive, Thomas started it off by escaping the coverage and then bowling over a defensive back on his way to a gain of 12 yards. Thomas dropped a slightly overthrown screen, but the Saints converted another long third down the next play. Thomas never got on track running the ball, but had a big play on a screen pass and totaled 37 yards on five catches.
Week 5 - Pierre Thomas started the game and ran hard twice gaining six and four yards. He kept his legs churning, adding a couple of yards on the second carry. Thomas had a red-zone carry on third down and five, but slipped at the two yard line, forcing another field goal attempt. He was the second Saint running back to slip without being touched by a Bear defender. Thomas had a productive rush on a sweep that was well blocked and he added yardage running through tackles to gain nine yards. The very next play he gave up six of the yards as several Bear defenders met him as soon as he took the pitch. He scored his first TD on a two-yard reception, twisting and stretching the ball across the goal line after being hit at the two. Thomas also converted a crucial 4th down play late in the first half with a hard earned two yards to keep the drive going. Two plays later, he caught a well executed screen pass, which he cut back into the middle of the field going for 25 yards and his second TD. Thomas was a major factor in the Saints' conservative play calling getting 19 carries and being targeted 9 times, catching all 9 for 55 yards.
Week 6 - Pierre Thomas had a very effective run after the catch in the first quarter, running out of arm tackles for a gain of 29 yards, the first big play of the game for the Saints. It would be his last reception. Thomas had two second quarter runs for eight yards. The team was unable to gain consistent rushing yards in the first half. Thomas carried three times in the Saints' second drive of the second half when they scored a TD and took the lead. His first carry went up the middle for six yards. The next carry was two plays later and the O-line opened a huge hole that Thomas used for a 13 yard carry and a first down. Two plays later, he carried a couple of defenders for the final two yards of a 7 yard gain. Thomas had a carry on the Saints' final TD drive, gaining 7 yards right up the middle. Thomas had 9 carries in the second half and gained 43 yards.
Week 8 - Pierre Thomas started the game and ran well all day long. He was the team's most consistent and productive rusher and also had three receptions for 29 yards. His first carry went for 6 yards behind right tackle, but a sack and a negative yardage play forced a field goal attempt that was missed. Thomas also began the next drive with a nice gain of 8 yards, but two consecutive running plays by Robinson lost yardage and forced the Saints' first punt. Thomas was stuffed on his next carry for a loss of 1 yard, but had an impressive 12-yard gain on the next series, taking a pitch on a sweep for a first down. Thomas began the Saints next drive with a nice gain of 6 yards, but the drive ended quickly. Thomas was targeted twice on the Saints longest drive of the first half, catching two screen passes for a total of 26 yards. Thomas continued to be effective running the ball, gaining 7 yards on his first carry of the second half. Two other carries that same drive produced only 3 yards, but one converted a short yardage first down. Thomas burst quickly through a nice hole and gained 13 yards to put his team in the red zone on their first scoring drive of the second half. Thomas gained another 5 yards getting the Saints into the Bills side of the field on their last scoring drive.
Week 9 - Pierre Thomas entered the game following the Sproles injury. He started slowly, gaining 4 yards on his first carry up the middle. Later in the opening drive, he caught a screen pass, but lost a yard on the play. He was targeted later on third down, but the pass fell incomplete ending the drive. He caught a swing pass opening the Saints next drive gaining 11 yards. His next carry came on the 4th possession as he ran hard and broke a tackle, all for no gain. He was targeted in that same drive, but the coverage was tight and the ball was tipped away incomplete. His next target came on their final possession of the first half and he made a nice catch for a 12-yard gain and a first down. Thomas followed excellent blocking gaining 7 yards and another first down on the Saints second play of the second half. His biggest play of the game came on the next series as he rumbled for 26 yards on a short pass. Thomas was heavily featured in the Saints first possession of the 4th quarter, which found them trailing 26-17. Three consecutive runs gained 5, 9, and 5 yards, all behind good blocking. The next play was another run, but lost a yard. After a first down by penalty, offensive holding put the Saints in a 1st and 20. Thomas gained 9 yards as the defense expected a pass. That was his last rush of the game. He was targeted twice more catching only one for a gain of 4 yards. All told, Thomas had 90 yards from scrimmage, but only 24 yards rushing. The majority of his effectiveness was on 7 receptions for 66 yards.
Week 10 - Pierre Thomas again started the game and had three touches on the initial drive, all for productive yardage. He ran the ball on their first play from scrimmage on a sweep to the left side for a nice gain of 7 yards. His next carry was up the middle through a nice hole, keeping his legs churning to add an extra yard and pick up a first down. He also had a target on a drop off, but gained only 7 yards, which was short of a first down and forced the Saints to punt. Thomas was again a major factor in the Saints second possession catching two passes for short gains and running well. His first run gained 5 yards, but he fought through the tackle and fell forward to add to the gain. On his next carry, he dragged a linebacker for a couple of yards on a 6-yard gain. His last carry was blocked well and he ran hard gaining 9 yards and another first down. Thomas began the Saints second scoring drive gaining 6 yards on a drop off from Brees. He ended that drive with three consecutive plays, first gaining 7 yards as he broke a tackle and moved the ball to the 2-yard line. After no gain on a rush, he caught a swing pass for 2 yards and a TD, running through a weak tackle attempt. Thomas later caught another pass, but lost 2 yards as the play was well covered. He made a great run immediately after that loss, taking a sweep that had practically no blocking and using an effective stiff-arm gained 6 yards and after a face-mask penalty was added gave the Saints a first down and goal to go. Thomas in a later drive gained five yards on a swing pass that set up a 37-yard field goal attempt that was missed. Thomas finished off the scoring with a 1-yard plunge up the middle for the TD that made the score 49-17. He later carried the ball four consecutive times for 10 yards and the record setting 40th first down of the game, the most ever in an NFL game.
Week 11 - Pierre Thomas rushed for 4 yards on his first carry and also caught a pass for 9 yards on the Saints first possession, but the gain was 2 yards short of a first down ending the drive. Thomas had two receptions on the scoring drive with a gain of 5 yards on a screen pass where he ran hard and fell forward for two extra yards. He also had two nice runs, the first picked up 4 yards and a first down as he ran hard to the end of the play. He also gained 5 yards on a delayed hand-off that looked slow developing but he had a nice burst for 5 yards. Thomas had a nice reception on the Saints final scoring drive of the first half gaining 10 yards and a first down. Thomas ran very hard on the next play, breaking a couple of tackles and reaching the 1-yard line. Thomas again showed good burst gaining 5 yards on a hard run right up the middle early in the second half. He was in the backfield on his next carry for no gain. Thomas had a nice gain on the Saints first possession of the 4th quarter, gaining 4 yards. Thomas got the first shot at the 4th quarter goal to go situation with a rushing play. He ran hard and gained 4 yards down to the 2-yard line. Thomas later got the call on 3rd and goal to go from the 4, but gained nothing and the Saints settled for a field goal. He had a nice gain of 8 yards on a screen pass to begin the Saints march to tie the game and also ran for 5 yards. He did not have a touch on the game winning drive.
Week 12 - The Saints running back earned more work in this game because Darren Sproles was inactive and the New Orleans veteran had an excellent game, breaking tackles on a consistent basis and making big plays when his offense needed them most. Thomas gained 13 yards on a 3rd and 1 play from the pistol where he earned a huge hole inside right guard and went untouched for most of the run. In fact, the Saints confused the Falcons in the first half with its use of the pistol and forced some defensive assignment breakdowns with the formation. One was a 3rd and short pass from the pistol for a 19-yard gain against busted coverage. In the second half and up by four, Thomas had two huge plays that continued drives for his team. The first was a 2nd and 17 run after a sack that put the Saints deep in its own territory. Thomas found a nice hole off the left side, got a good block from Lance Moore on safety Thomas DeCoud and then stiff armed Desmond Trufant 10 yards into the carry for an 18-yard gain. Then he converted a 2nd and 15 screen from deep in Saints' territory and broke a tackle for a first down. Thomas also helped run out the clock with a burst up right guard and a broken tackle after Atlanta missed a field goal and needed to stop the Saints offense to earn one last shot to win. However, Thomas and the Saints offense salted the game away.
Week 13 - Pierre Thomas ran hard in the early going, but as a result of frequent hits in the backfield, totaled 0 yards on his first four carries. He caught three passes for 16 yards in the Saints first touchdown drive. He caught another pass in the second half, but was unable to break away for any long gains.
Week 14 - Pierre Thomas ran hard for a 5 yard gain to set up the Saints initial TD. He kept his legs driving and pushed the pile to the Panther 5-yard line. The team was unable to mount consistent success with the running game, having only 17 rushes on the night. Thomas had 7 of those carries, but managed only 28 total yards on the game and had 4 receptions.
Week 15 - Pierre Thomas had a very successful first half, running hard, breaking tackles, falling forward and catching passes. He broke a tackle on his first carry and fell forward for a gain of 13 yards and a first down. On the Saints initial scoring drive, Thomas had two nice receptions, the first he dodged tacklers and fought for extra yardage, gaining ten yards and a first down. His next reception was a nice swing pass and his route found a nice open field toward the sideline. Good downfield blocking allowed him to turn the play into a gain of 28 yards and another first down. Thomas also had a rush on the same drive and despite being met in the backfield, escaped for a gain of 1 yard. Thomas made a nice catch on a swing pass that was well covered, but he gained only 7 yards and came up 1 yard short of a first down. Thomas showed good burst running for 7 yards on the Saints first play in the second half. The Rams controlled Thomas on two consecutive plays on the Saints first drive of the second half. The first play was a run that resulted in a loss of 1 yard. On the next play, Thomas caught a well covered screen pass and lost 5 yards. Thomas caught a screen pass in the Saints first TD drive and gained 3 yards. On the next play, Thomas ran hard for a gain of 3 yards and a first down on the 4th down play from the Saints 29-yard line. Thomas later ran hard again to pick up 8 yards to get the Saints inside the Rams 10-yard line. Two plays later, he ran hard again up the middle for a gain of 3 yards and gave his team a first and goal to go. Thomas caught another screen on the Saints final TD drive, gaining 5 yards. Even though he was frequently used in the passing game and caught 7 passes, he managed only 21 yards rushing and 83 total yards on the game.
Week 16 - Pierre Thomas was beaten on a blitz early in the 1st quarter resulting in a sack and loss of 5 yards. He caught a screen pass on the next play, but lost a yard forcing the Saints to punt. He caught a check down on the next series but could only pick up only 4 yards. Thomas caught a screen pass on the next possession, but had to work hard and fight through the tackle to keep from losing yardage. Thomas had two more carries in the first half, but only gained 4 yards. Thomas gained 1 yard on a sweep that began the Saints second possession of the 3rd quarter in a driving rain storm. He later caught a screen pass, but the play lost 5 yards and again forced the Saints to punt. Thomas caught a check down on the TD drive and made solid yardage after the catch, gaining 13 yards and giving the Saints a first and goal to go.
Week 17 - Thomas accounted for the one touchdown that Drew Brees did not. From the 8 yard line, the Saints lined up in a single back set with three wide receivers. At the snap, the Saints completely blew the Bucs off the ball, including the left tackle taking his man 7 yards out of the play opening up a huge alley for Thomas to hit. Thomas was untouched until he was across the goal line. It was evident that Thomas was the main back in the Saints offense. They leaned on him in short yardage and near the goal line. He, Sproles, Ingram, and Robinson all split carries fairly evenly on the day.