RB Pierre Thomas - Free Agent
|5-10, 205||Born: 12-18-1984||College: Illinois||Drafted: ---|
2015 Week 16 vs PHI (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas received four carries on the night and seemed to be somewhat effective. His longest run went for 9 yards but his main usage came as a receiver. Pierre Thomas had 7 catches and was highly involved in the fourth quarter as Washington was trying to close the game out. Washington's best way to move the ball in this game came via pass so Pierre's number was called. He did a good job gaining separation on linebackers and churning positive yardage after the catch. His role could potentially grow moving forward but when Matt Jones returns that remains uncertain.
2015 Week 17 vs DAL (7 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas had 7 carries and 8 total touches in this game. He wasn't extremely productive but he remained involved while Matt Jones is out. His longest play was an 11 yard run but he didn't have much success statistically aside from that. His veteran presence is clearly trusted as the coaching staff leans on him for passing downs and protection. It will be interesting to see what his opportunities look like when or if they get Matt Jones back next week for the playoffs.
2014 Week 1 vs ATL (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)
Thomas did not have any touches in the Saints initial drive. He was by far the most active Saints running back in the passing game with seven targets on the day as the rest of the Saints' running backs only managed a total of three targets. He made the most of his opportunities and was featured often in important offensive situations, witnessed by the fact that among his 6 receptions and 7 rushes, he converted seven first downs. His first reception was a short pass and as two defenders closed, he split them for extra yardage to pick up the first down. Although he didn't appear to be quite as fast as he has been earlier in his career, Thomas displayed good quickness and vision and getting the most out of what was there on almost every play. On the Saints final scoring drive of the first half, Thomas played a big role and converted three first downs. On one play, he left a would-be tackler grasping air on a reception and ran by the would-be tackler without being touched for a gain of 11 yards.
2014 Week 2 vs CLE (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Thomas had a solid but unspectacular day with a couple decent gains on limited touches. He led the Saints RBs in snaps but was mostly used to pass block for Brees. The Browns pass rush got home fairly consistently, which meant Thomas had to stay in to pick up free blitzers more often than normal. The Browns pass rush limited Thomas' ability to leak out of the backfield and make an impact as a pass catcher.
2014 Week 3 vs MIN (8 / 30 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Thomas and Khiry Robinson split the backfield reps pretty evenly with Mark Ingram out. Thomas shows more elusiveness and ability to make guys miss than Robinson and had a solid day displaying his reliable hands and ability in the passing game. On the first drive of the game, Thomas caught a Brees check down inside the 10 and dove for the pylon but just barely stepped out with his foot on the white at the 1-yard line. He got another chance to reach pay dirt on the next play, receiving the carry on 1st and goal from the 1 and dove over the top for the TD. His best play was probably a nifty 2-yard run after multiple Vikings penetrated into the backfield for what should have been a big loss and Thomas juked and spun his way for the short gain.
2014 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Thomas was extremely quiet with only four touches on the day. With Robinson running much more effectively and Cadet having a bigger impact in the passing game, there was not much of a role for Thomas in a game the Saints trailed from start to finish.
2014 Week 5 vs TB (4 / 35 / 1 rush, 10 / 8 / 77 / 1 rec)
Thomas had a strong game in which he made a number of key plays. He was effective as an underneath target in the passing game as an outlet for Brees. With the Saints facing 3rd and 12 from the Bucs 15, Thomas caught a short screen pass as Tampa's aggressive D brought pressure and were outnumbered on the flank. Thomas followed his blockers and dove untouched into the end zone for the first TD of the game. In the fourth quarter, Thomas showed a nice burst and very good vision as he took a toss from Brees towards the near sideline, cut upfield, weaved through traffic, and used a nice stiff arm inside the five to get into the end zone on a 27-yard touchdown run. Thomas is not quite as explosive as Cadet in the passing game nor as powerful as Robinson in the inside run game, but his combination of above average rushing and receiving skills made him the most impactful of the Saints RBs against Tampa.
2014 Week 7 vs DET (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the most effective and involved Saints RB before leaving the game in the 3rd quarter with a shoulder injury. Thomas had a solid, if unspectacular, day in which he ran hard, pass blocked well and gave Brees a nice pass outlet on many occasions. Thomas had a strong catch and run for a first down on 2nd-and-10 with the Saints backed up deep in their own territory in the first half that got them off ad running on a long scoring drive. Thomas led the RBs in snaps before his injury and had a nice gainer called back on a holding penalty. He caught the ball on the right sideline and powered his way for a solid gain before delivering a blow to the DB at the end of the run and re-aggravating his injury.
2014 Week 12 vs BAL (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)
Despite the strong play of Mark Ingram in Thomas' absence, Thomas was still able to step right back into his familiar role and led the Saints' RB in playing time, seeing the field for 53% of the snaps. Thomas got nearly all of the snaps down the stretch with the Saints trying to come from behind and forced to pass. He provided good pass blocking and did a nice job as an outlet in the passing game for Brees to check down and pick up positive yardage.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Somewhat surprisingly, Thomas was barely involved in the Saints game plan. He made a couple of nice gains early catching the ball out of the backfield but was not heard from again as he received zero carries. The Saints offensive line was hit by some injuries and had a very tough time with the Falcons' pass rushers, which often forced Thomas to stay in and block instead of leaking out of the backfield.
2013 Week 1 vs ATL (9 / 43 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 2 vs TB (5 / 29 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 3 vs ARI (11 / 28 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 4 vs MIA (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Thomas started the game, but Sproles and Robinson were also used in the team's 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 Saints' 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.
2013 Week 5 vs CHI (19 / 36 / 0 rush, 9 / 9 / 55 / 2 rec)
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.
2013 Week 6 vs NE (11 / 51 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 8 vs BUF (14 / 65 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 9 vs NYJ (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 10 vs DAL (17 / 87 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 24 / 1 rec)
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.
2013 Week 11 vs SF (11 / 49 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 12 vs ATL (10 / 73 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 13 vs SEA (4 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 14 vs CAR (7 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 15 vs STL (8 / 21 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 62 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 16 vs CAR (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 7 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 17 vs TB (7 / 20 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 1 vs WAS (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Game situation proved anathema to Thomas against the Redskins. Carrying four times for seventeen yards and catching one pass for twelve, the Illinois product spent most of the game on the sideline. Thomas was healthy and sought contact when handed the ball; however, given the scoreboard deficit the Saints battled throughout the day, Thomas rarely had his number called. The box score is telling - the Saints called fifty-two pass plays to ten run plays against Washington.
2012 Week 2 vs CAR (9 / 110 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas had a fantastic display and looked rejuvenated on every carry. The Panthers defense had real trouble dealing with his no-nonsense downhill style. Thomas punished defenders on every touch and had plenty of yards after contact as the Panthers failed to wrap him up. When Thomas got into the open field, he was spry and quick, showing off some of his repertoire of moves. His offensive line was key in this, as they blew holes open for him at times without even being touched by a linebacker.
2012 Week 3 vs KC (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Thomas had absolutely zero success running the ball but picked up where Sproles left off in the passing game. In the second quarter he missed his blocking assignment but showed good awareness to get off the ground and give Brees a target. Thomas' biggest play was reversed. He made a terrific effort on what was originally ruled a diving catch and the quickly got up to stroll into the end zone, but it was ruled on review that the pass hit the ground. Thomas was given another opportunity to score with a carry from the five, but was stood up at the goal line after breaking three tackles.
2012 Week 4 vs GB (9 / 14 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
He registered an abysmal 9 carry, 14 yard effort on the ground to go along with 2 receptions for -1 yards. The theme of the day was Green Bay absolutely swaming every run the Saints had. This went for Thomas, Ingram and Sproles, as the Saints had a COMBINED 45 yards on the ground on their 19 carries. The Saints offensive line simply did a poor job of blocking on every single run play.
2012 Week 5 vs SD (9 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the relative bell cow in the Saints' backfield(receiving nine carries and going for 30 yards, almost double what anyone else managed), but he spent most of his day fighting for extra yards with multiple defenders trying to drag him down. If he wasn't running into a wall of bodies he was repeatedly hitting cracks and trying to blow them into holes. Thomas biggest impression on the game came on a screen pass that went for 35 yards when he was wide open with blockers out in front. Thomas used his blockers to set up the big gain but didn't have the explosion to take the ball all the way to the endzone.
2012 Week 7 vs TB (13 / 32 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Saints may not have a clear feature back, but they do clearly have a preference for Pierre Thomas and he is definitely their most complete runner. Thomas opened the game in the backfield and received the majority of the team's carries on running downs. He is an intelligent runner who will get the yards available to him, but won't be hitting home runs on a weekly basis. Thomas had some nice runs in difficult situations against the Buccaneers, including his touchdown run when he showed off good power, an understated aspect of his game. Initially running towards the outside, Thomas planted his foot at the right time and pushed his way into the endzone from three yards out. He almost had a few receptions also, but Brees couldn't connect with him and Darren Sproles took his spot in most passing situations.
2012 Week 8 vs DEN (8 / 43 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Thomas ran well initially and looked again to be the team's primary back, but once the Broncos started to light up the scoreboard the game was put in Brees' hands. Thomas has the combination of intelligence, toughness and receiving abilities that make him the most attractive runner in this backfield.
2012 Week 9 vs PHI (6 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
With Darren Sproles nursing a hand injury, many were hoping Thomas would become the bellcow running back. However, Thomas was utilized intermittently with his backfield counterparts. During his team's first drive, Thomas took first carry up the middle and ran over DeMeco Ryans for seven yards. Thomas received his next carry during his team's third drive. Thomas displayed exceptional vision, taking a designed draw up the middle for 15 yards. During his team's fourth and final first half drive, Thomas appeared on every snap, but did not record a touch. However, it's worth noting that the Saints trust Thomas the most in passing situations. Thomas's biggest play occurred during his team's fifth drive. Thomas ran a wheel route out of the backfield and secured a 21-yard gain. The Saints had a lot of success complementing Thomas with both Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory.
2012 Week 10 vs ATL (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
In terms of touches, Thomas figured to be the biggest beneficiary of Darren Sproles' recent hand injury, but that was not the case against the Falcons. Receiving six touches - five carries and one reception - Thomas totaled sixteen yards from scrimmage and was the forgotten man in the New Orleans backfield rotation. Rather than force-feeding Thomas carries, the Saints seemed content to give more touches to Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory, who ran all over the Falcons in New Orleans.
2012 Week 11 vs OAK (5 / 30 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
The least used RB of the three-headed attack, Thomas still impressed with his five runs, averaging a team best 6.0 yards a carry. Thomas received most of his work on the Saints' opening drive, including picking up 14 yards on his first carry. Running through a gaping hole, Thomas reached the 2nd level untouched and like his fellow running mates, delivered a shot upon contact. Thomas was also active in the passing game, getting four targets, catching three and just missing a TD. Coming out of the backfield, Brees hit Thomas on the out but the RB was knocked out of bounds one-yard short of the end zone.
2012 Week 12 vs SF (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Ivory and Ingram handling most of the running work and Sproles being utilized in the passing game, Thomas became the odd man out. He carried once up the middle for no gain and was thrown to once, but beyond those two plays Thomas didn't see the field.
2012 Week 13 vs ATL (14 / 84 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Thomas first carry went up the middle for minimal yardage. With Darren Sproles also lined up in the backfield, Thomas found some space up the middle as Brees faked a pitch to Sproles before handing it off to Thomas for a six yard gain. Thomas got another carry between the tackles as the Saints went into a hurry up offense early in the game, it went for three yards. Mark Ingram will feel aggrieved, as Thomas ran for 11 yards on a draw up the middle, on the back of outstanding blocking. Thomas was untouched for the first eight yards, before fighting forward into the endzone for a touchdown. The touchdown was then reviewed however and the replay showed that Thomas knee touched down just before he broke the plane. Thomas opened the third quarter with a good eight yard carry when he slipped through a tight gap in the offensive line. Eleven more yards untouched came with his next carry as excellent blocking over the center allowed for a wide alley and a first down. Courtesy of Ben Grubbs and Brian De La Puenta, Thomas gained another 13 yards untouched over left guard. Thomas was the only player running the ball on this drive as he fought his way through the middle for another six yards. Thomas was stood up at the line of scrimmage with his next carry. Brees checked down to Pierre Thomas at the goalline, but Thomas was stopped by a sure tackle three yards out. The Saints offensive line took over the interior of the running game in the second half as Pierre Thomas ran untouched for another eight yards. Having consistently pounded them up the middle, Thomas took a toss to the edge on third and two for another eight yard gain. Thomas did his part on the next eight yard gain as he beat a tackler in the hole to get into the second level. To start the fourth quarter, Thomas shifted his way through the middle of the line for a five yard gain. Thomas cost himself a first down conversion on second and two when he bounced outside too earl and was tackled by William Moore for a loss of three.
2012 Week 14 vs NYG (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas couldn't accomplish much on the ground for the Saints but was an excellent receiving option for QB Brees. Thomas ran with power up the middle and had decent success but only got 5 carries on the ground. Thomas' true value came as a third down/passing situation RB as he showed his excellent hands. Thomas bailed QB Brees out of many obvious pass rushing situations by getting open against the defense and providing an easy outlet to throw to when pressured. Thomas showed above average quickness in the open field, managing to slip away from defenders although unable to truly outrun them down the field. He also caught screens for decent gains that were aided by good blocking from his team. It's clear from the workload that they prefer RB Ingram on the ground and that Thomas is the far superior back in passing situations. There were too few redzone opportunities for New Orleans and almost no goal line carries, which hurt the production of RB Thomas as he could not score a touchdown.
2012 Week 15 vs TB (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
With Ingram controlling most of the carries and Sproles most of the targets in the passing back, Thomas biggest impact came on his longest play of the game on the Saints' opening drive. After Brees faked the handoff to Thomas, he slipped behind two blockers and took the screen up field for 20 yards. Thomas also received four carries, but only managed 13 yards with a long of seven yards.
2012 Week 16 vs DAL (7 / 16 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 61 / 1 rec)
Although Pierre Thomas had only a handful of carries and a pedestrian day on the ground, he more than made up for it with a solid day catching the ball thanks in part to the Cowboys defenders' lack of awareness. Thomas caught numerous balls in the middle of the field with no one around him, including his short touchdown in which he leaked from the shotgun after faking a pass protect. Thomas did have two catches of 15+ yards where there was no defender within 8 yards of him, making it easy sledding for much of the day through the air.
2011 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas was primarily utilised as a pass catching threat in this particular game, gaining yardage on screens and short dump offs when Brees found himself under pressure. Thomas, to his credit, ran very tough and showed physicality in his play the likes of which hasn't been seen since his Super Bowl performance. He was the beneficiary of some very shoddy tackling by the Packers at times, leading to a couple of 10+ yard runs, including one that resembled - at least in part - Marshawn Lynch's effort against the Saints in the playoffs. Pierre Thomas will be a part of this backfield for the foreseeable future, but his role in this game was limited to third down duties for the most part.
2011 Week 2 vs CHI (9 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Took one of his carries on a shotgun hand off where he followed the Center and Right Guard who crashed down and took out the DT; Thomas stepped over that mess and broke 2 vicious hits before finally being tackled by two more defenders for a gain of 8 yards. The he of course goes to the sidelines. New Orleans does not seem to allow any of their RBs to get into a rhythm early in the game. They run the ball more once they are winning the game but it's going to be very difficult for owners to know when Thomas or Ingram might have a good game. So far Sproles seems to be the guy that will have the most consistency especially while injuries are ravishing the Wide Receivers. Complete rotation with Ingram on 1st and 2nd down.
2011 Week 3 vs HOU (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Thomas split the running back duties with Mark Ingram, though Darren Sproles saw most of the playing time with the Saints having to come from behind. Like Ingram, Thomas didn't have a lot of room to run on most plays, but Thomas did show good vision on some of his better gains.
2011 Week 4 vs JAX (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas made a nice contribution to this offense on Sunday but simply can't stay on the field as he is sharing carries and Sproles has taken the role of third down back. Thomas is a reliable back that is slower than Sproles and less powerful than Ingram but is a nice all round back. He has an explosive run from a screen pass that was well executed by the Saints blockers. The Saints can't run the ball well at the best of times and Ingram is likely the goal line back which reduces Thomas' role in this offense. Sean Payton also likes to rotate backs frequently to keep people fresh and never lean on one guy for too long.
2011 Week 5 vs CAR (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)
Pierre Thomas is the clear third option in the New Orleans backfield behind Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram. Thomas got the initial goal line carry after a Cam Newton interception early, but was quickly taken out. Thomas is a decent runner with a great deal of heart in his playing style, but he lacks the kind of talent that Sproles and Ingram have in spades. Thomas scored the game-clinching touchdown on a pass into the flat off play action near the goal line - all he had to do was walk in with the defense drawn into the middle of the field.
2011 Week 6 vs TB (7 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Was bottled up for most of the day and had a costly early fumble. Thomas saw his 1st action in the 2nd quarter and simply was not going to see the ball a lot as the Saints were behind. He has good receiving skills so you might assume he would see more action when the Saints fall behind but that was not the case and the Saints also like to put a lot of screens in the hands of Darren Sproles.
2011 Week 7 vs IND (10 / 57 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Thomas really seems to be benefitting from the help he's getting from Ingram and Sproles, using fresh legs to display the explosiveness he showed when he burst onto the scene a couple of years ago. Granted, his touches are limited, but he is often as or more productive as he was last season shouldering a greater portion of the load. And to top it off, he's staying healthy and his heavily involved in the passing game, where he logged the games longest play. Thomas took the screen pass from Brees, shook a tackle (which later resulted in a facemask penalty) from Antoine Bethea, and sprinted down the left sideline before Bethea caught him from behind and brought him down at the 8 after a 57-yard gain.
2011 Week 8 vs STL (7 / 23 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)
Thomas failed to take advantage of a prime opportunity - with Mark Ingram injured, and a great matchup on tap, he didn't do much to impress. He split carries with two other backs, but was the Saints choice at the goal line and in most short yardage situations. Thomas had trouble breaking the first tackle on most plays. On one loss of yards play, he was running completely upright behind the line of scrimmage, giving himself no chance to beat the oncoming tackler. Late in the game, he scored an inconsequential short TD, which looked easy with the line opening up a big hole for him.
2011 Week 9 vs TB (8 / 66 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas and indeed the entire Saints rushing offense was rolling from the first snap today. Intent on punishing the Buccaneers front four, the Saints offensive line blew open holes with regularity. Thomas ran with good balance, burst and power and stayed patient as the holes inevitably developed. The Saints used Thomas effectively in the screen game on a couple of occasions as the Bucs began to get aggressive. Thomas showed good elusive moves in the open field and capped off a nice day with a 9 yard touchdown run. Thomas did a great job maintaining his balance and running downhill with power. Thomas' performance can be summed up with one word - tenacious.
2011 Week 10 vs ATL (6 / 29 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 9 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas had a decent game and average per gain on the ground, he just had too few carries to work with. Brees and Co. were throwing the ball down the field a lot and this really took away any chance the Saints had at establishing a running game. The Saints also threw the ball in the redzone which took away from potential goal line touches for Thomas and he just didn't have a sufficient workload to get anything substantial done as he shared carries with both RB Ingram and Sproles.
2011 Week 12 vs NYG (8 / 63 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas was used in a similar way to Ingram when rushing the football, mostly inside runs. These proved very valuable however the Giants got pushed back often and Thomas gave a consistent threat up the middle and a good average per carry. Thomas was able to make a big play for his QB who was in a dangerous position. Brees almost took a hit going out of bounds but kept the play alive and Thomas got open for his QB which turned into a first down. Thomas had a very explosive screen pass that embarrassed a giant defense that over pursued and couldn't make a good tackle. Thomas caught a short pass, got good blocking and weaved his way through the defense and set up a good touchdown opportunity for his team. Thomas also took advantage of very poor run defense again by NYG to get his touchdown. Thomas simply ran to the outside on a running play in the red zone and everybody on the NYG defense over pursued the opposite direction. Thomas strolled in for a touchdown that looked far too easy and he met a defense that offered very little resistance for a good fantasy day.
2011 Week 13 vs DET (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Thomas took a big step back in this one, getting only four touches. He looked fine when on the field, but with only 2 rushes, he never had a chance to get things going. The Saints are committed to getting Ingram on the field, and Thomas ' role is continuing to diminish.
2011 Week 14 vs TEN (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 35 / 0 rec)
Thomas started for the Saints and while he was far from remarkable, he did provide a steady stream of short gains up the middle while trading carries with Chris Ivory. Thomas doesn't run with great power or quickness but he seems very comfortable reading his blockers and knows when to settle for a 4 yard gain instead of breaking the run outside and risking losing yardage. His best run came on a ten yard scamper wherein he broke through the line off tackle to the right and wasted no time getting up field before being gang-tackled.
2011 Week 15 vs MIN (8 / 44 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Thomas chewed up chunks of yards both as a runner and receiver, putting together yet another solid, if not spectacular, outing. His versatility makes him a vital part of the New Orleans offense, keeping the defense guessing and picking their poison among the myriad offensive weapons in HC Sean Payton's arsenal. Thomas picked up yardage running between the tackles, on the edge, and he and fellow RB Darren Sproles exploited the aggressive pass rush of the Vikings with a couple of screen plays that gained big yardage down the right sideline.
2011 Week 16 vs ATL (9 / 53 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Thomas ran very determined tonight, as he has done all season long running low and behind his pads not allowing tacklers to firmly hit the running back resulting in forward progress even able to run out of his shoe at one time tonight a great determined 12 yard gain. Thomas seems to thrive in any role or situation the team puts him in, from pass catching to goal line work which he received tonight for a 4 yard score allowing the under valued back to get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for putting a golden bow on the football after the first touchdown of the game.
2011 Week 17 vs CAR (5 / 30 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas ran with his usual mean streak, delivering the blow to the tackler rather than the other way around. Thomas was a factor in the screen game and contributed on the ground at times. The rotation of the Saints backfield meant he could never get into his stride fully, but Thomas always provides a spark for the Saints and his 'never say die' attitude makes him a valuable player to have.
2011 Week 18 vs DET (8 / 66 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas was a consistent running and receiving threat on Saturday and never quite gets the press that his other teammates get from the media but deserves it just as much. Thomas was able to haul in a short screen pass on third and long from inside his own 20 and turn it into a first down which was a big play in terms of field position for the Saints. Thomas caught short passes, mostly check downs from Brees but managed to turn these into chunks of yards and pick up more first downs for his team with the help of great downfield blocking. Like Sproles, Thomas enjoyed great run blocking by the Saints offensive line and he ran through huge holes that were opened up by Nicks and Evans in the interior. He had several explosive runs up the middle where he eluded defenders initially and then powered DB's over for extra yards. He earned his goal line carry in the redzone and powered his way on a short yardage situation for his rushing touchdown. He is not the dynamic play maker that Sproles is but is a tougher inside runner that is also versatile in the passing game and the Saints will need him down the stretch in this playoff run.
2011 Week 19 vs SF (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
It looked like he took a pretty vicious hit by Donte Whitner on his fumble deep in SF territory. Thomas was out for the rest of the day and that put a real strain on New Orleans to establish and get any type of running game going. Pierre was a check down option for Brees and he fell to the ground limp after a helmet to helmet hit by Whitner on a bang bang play ending in a fumble. Looking back it could have been NO football 1st and goal had that penalty been called.
2010 Week 1 vs MIN (19 / 71 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Watching the first half of this game, you were wondering if Pierre Thomas even dressed for it. At halftime, Thomas had only 3 touches for -1 yard. But when the Saints offense employed a different game plan in the 2nd half, they called Thomas' number, giving him the bulk of the work, and it paid huge dividends. He showed patience and discipline in hitting the holes and ran the cutback plays in brilliant fashion. His TD came on a 1 yard plunge behind a fabulous block by FB Evans who opened up just enough room for Thomas to squirt through the line.
2010 Week 2 vs SF (18 / 46 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 57 / 0 rec)
Thomas led the Saints in both carries and catches on Monday night providing the Saints with some tough in between the tackles work. Thomas was bottled up for the most part by a very aggressive SF front 7 gaining just 46 yard on 18 carries. The bulk of his damage though was done once Reggie Bush left the game with an injury as Thomas stepped up and made key check down receptions from Drew Brees. Thomas looks to see an uptick in total touches if Bush misses any time.
2010 Week 3 vs ATL (9 / 30 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)
Thomas couldn't really get it going on the ground but was a dangerous weapon through the air. His inability to gain much on the ground was more of a testament to the Atlanta run defense than anything else and while he was injured near the end of the fourth quarter, he did return for overtime play. Despite all of this, the injury did look pretty serious so it would be wise to keep your eye on any and all updates should you have Thomas on your roster or are admiring him from afar.
2010 Week 14 vs STL (12 / 39 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Thomas received the most carries out of the backfield on Sunday and looked fresh and mostly healthy despite gaining only 39 yards. The team now conceivably has three legitimate starting running backs on its roster should Chris Ivory's injury prove not to be very serious. Out of the three, Thomas should have the most value in regards to scoring potential as he is all but a lock to be the teams goal-line back as long as he remains healthy. However with both Bush and Ivory proving they're threats to break a big one whenever they touch the ball, the carry load may be divded too evenly to warrant starting any of the three unless you're in a pinch.
2010 Week 15 vs BAL (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas's main contribution was returning kickoffs, although he did get a hard-fought first down and generally ran with the toughness and determination we're used to seeing from him between the tackles. Thomas also had a reception down to the one-yard line, but the next play went to Jimmy Graham for the TD. Curiously, the Saints did not try to use Thomas to establish the run with Chris Ivory out, which isn't a great sign for his future with the team.
2010 Week 16 vs ATL (19 / 63 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 39 / 0 rec)
The final numbers don't look spectacular for Thomas in week 16 but make no mistake his effort and plays were among the most crucial for the Saints on MNF. He had a hard time finding room to run, however he made the most out of each carry running hard and straight ahead. Thomas caught 4 straight balls out of the backfield on a drive in the 2nd quarter and finally found some space on an off tackle gallop to the left for 16 yards. One play later he banged it in from the 2 for a TD. Throughout the remainder of the game Thomas made the most of his limited space but his toughness set the tone in a very tough game this week.
2009 Week 2 vs PHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas was active in Week 2 against the Eagles, but he hardly saw any action. He had zero touches before halftime. Thomas was coming back from injury and designated the third running back on the depth chart for the day, yielding playing time to both Mike Bell and Reggie Bush. Thomas looked healthy enough in his limited playing time after the game was out of hand, so expect him to start to move up the depth chart this week.
2009 Week 3 vs BUF (14 / 126 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas looked very good, coming in to begin the second half, after not playing in the first half at all. His first two rushes went for 32 yards and got the Saints out of their own red zone. He scored two long TD's (34, 25 yards) while punishing a small Bills front four. He hit the hole hard, but his biggest asset was his quickness in being able to burst outside and change direction when needed. Thomas was not used as a receiver, but if there was any question about who the lead back on this team should be, this effort went a long way to dispelling them.
2009 Week 4 vs NYJ (19 / 86 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas once again had an effective game for the Saints, powering his way between the tackles for 86 yards on 18 carries. He had a touchdown from the one yard line but a fumble (recovered by Drew Brees) in Jets territory. Thomas ran aggressively through the Jets front 7, hitting the hole hard and gaining yards after contact. He only had 2 carries in which he failed to gain positive yardage and clearly appears to be the Saints choice as "bell cow" out of the back field. Thomas had a particularly impressive run in the 3rd quarter when he carried three successive times for 18, 7, and 18 yards. Thomas also caught 4 balls for 46 yards including a 36 yard screen pass that took the Saints to the Jets 1 yard line.
2009 Week 6 vs NYG (15 / 72 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas didn't really yield half of the work to Mike Bell in this game, Thomas got most of the early carries, and Bell got more work as the game went on. Thomas ran strong and efficiently inside, with a sense of urgency and a good amount of yards after contact. He ran the ball down to the two, only to have Bell finish an early drive. Thomas did get some goal-to-go touches, but couldn't convert any into TDs, including a fourth-and-goal at the one. He has a lot more value than his somewhat meager stat line in a 48-point offensive game indicates.
2009 Week 7 vs MIA (8 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Thomas was running hard, breaking tackles early and getting the between the tackles running game established until the Dolphins opened up a big early lead. His initial burst is impressive, and this will probably be a low water mark for Thomas's production.
2009 Week 8 vs ATL (14 / 91 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)
Thomas gave the Saints an inspired performance. He ran with an outstanding initial burst and terrific toughness, knocking tacklers backwards and taking them on with gusto in the open field. He broke a tackle and made another tackler miss on his TD run, and he hurtled his body over a would-be tackler to score on his TD reception. Thomas got consistent yards after contact, and he just as physical a presence in the running game as Mike Bell. His short yardage runs showed good instincts, vision, and leg drive, and he just missed scoring a third TD when his first and goal run was stopped at the one. Thomas is poised to be a second-half stud, just like he was last year.
2009 Week 9 vs CAR (13 / 50 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Despite playing from behind in week 9 the Saints were committed to keeping Thomas involved and it paid big dividends for them. Thomas ran extremely well showing a hard charging style with good burst. He bounced it outside for a 10yd TD to start the 3rd quarter. Thomas was also very involved in the Saints passing game catching all 5 of his targets for 31 yards. His effective running opened up the Saints passing game and keyed their comeback. He is an essential cog in their machine at this point.
2009 Week 10 vs STL (11 / 37 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Thomas played a smaller role in week 10 than he had in previous weeks and was essentially well contained by the Rams aggressive defense. Aside from an 11 yd gain in the 2nd quarter, he only rushed for 26 yards on his other 11 carries. Thomas did display his usual straight-ahead powerful running, but found no room to work with. With the Saints backfield getting more and more crowded by the week (due to the re-emergence of Reggie Bush), it will be hard to guess who to deploy on a week to week basis.
2009 Week 11 vs TB (11 / 92 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Thomas's fantasy owners might be disappointed with both rushing TDs going to Mike Bell, but they shouldn't be disappointed with Thomas's play. He routinely ripped off big gains on his carries, breaking multiple tackles along the way and generally running "hot". He was also involved as a receiver and did good work in the two-minute drill. Even though he was replaced by Bell inside the 10, Thomas looks like he has a few TDs from farther out in him, and the Saints haven't made Bell a strict goal line back in the Jerome Bettis mold, so a few short ones could also be in Thomas's future.
2009 Week 12 vs NE (11 / 64 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)
Thomas is only getting about half of the touches, but he is doing a lot with them, flashing the burst to get to the second and third level instantly, and still running very hard and efficiently to always notch positive gains. Thomas scored on a red zone reception when he tightroped the sidelines and then would not be denied once the end zone was in sight. He has RB2 value even though he is mired in an RBBC.
2009 Week 13 vs WAS (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 64 / 0 rec)
Thomas had little success early on the ground, but he did catch a lot of screen passes, flashing a good burst and vision in the flat. He had a goal to go carry that went nowhere and a screen pass close-in that could have been a TD, but Thomas slipped. He was still the most productive Saints back on the day, and he should be a great RB2/flex play in PPR leagues as the Saints try to make a run at 16-0.
2009 Week 14 vs ATL (13 / 47 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
Thomas was up to his usual antics in week 14, carrying the ball 13 times and catching 6 passes. When called upon Thomas ran very strong, bowled tacklers over and using a spin move on more than one occasion. He ripped off a nice25 yard gain when he took a play-action catch and made multiple tacklers miss with sharp decisive moves. As noted before, Thomas is a good talent but in a very crowded backfield. His touches will not often total more than they did this week (19). With Bush playing strong and Bell due back next week, it will just get messier from here on out for Thomas owners.
2009 Week 15 vs DAL (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Pierre Thomas had just six carries in Week 15 which all came in the first half. Thomas was supplanted by Mike Bell later in the contest but did contribute five catches in the fourth quarter as he racked up 50 total yards including a 29-yard catch and run on a screen pass. Thomas is still splitting touches at times with Mike Bell, especially down at the goal line, so his fantasy production does not have a high ceiling right now.
2009 Week 16 vs TB (6 / 60 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas was running hot early, and he would have had a big day if he hadn't been sidelined by a rib injury. He broke tackles with his efficient running between the tackles and found a mack truck-sized hole to run through for his touchdown. His next to last run of the day was a long one where he carried tacklers for the last five yards. He is the best hope for the Saints running game entering the playoffs.
2009 Week 19 vs ARI (13 / 52 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the lead back in a 4-headed RBBC. He consistently made decent gains on his carries, but gave way to Lynell Hamilton and Mike Bell at the goal line. That, and he was over-shadowed by the heroics of Reggie Bush, who put on a show with less than half the carries. Thomas appeared to hurt his ankle late in the game, but returned after missing a few plays.
2009 Week 20 vs MIN (14 / 61 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 38 / 1 rec)
Pierre Thomas was the primary ball carrier for New Orleans against Minnesota in the NFC Championship Game, running hard between the tackles against a formidable Vikings' defense. Thomas' biggest play came in the first quarter where he took a short screen pass to the right from Drew Brees, fought his way between would-be tacklers then broke free and cut to the middle of the field and ultimately into the end zone for the first New Orleans touchdown of the day. Thomas dominated the carries for New Orleans as Reggie Bush had just seven, Lynell Hamilton only one and Mike Bell had zero. Thomas later added a hard fought touchdown run up the middle but on replay he was down at the one-yard line but it was not reviewed and reversed. Expect a healthy dose of Thomas against the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
2008 Week 1 vs TB (10 / 52 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Without McAllister, Pierre Thomas was ready to help carry the New Orleans rushing attack. Thomas actually started the game and opened the first drive with a carry, and finished with ten rushes for 52 yards on the ground. Thomas was also targeted two times in the passing game, catching both passes for 11 yards. He looks like a very versatile, talented back and his play could help the Saints limit McAllister's work and keep him healthy and fresh throughout the season.
2008 Week 2 vs WAS (6 / 8 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Thomas was featured often in the red zone in favor of Bush. Both of his targets came from inside the 20 yard line and he saw goal line carries. He was successful in converting one of his goal line carries for a short touchdown. Thomas runs hard but lacked wiggle in this game. With the limited running lanes he did not fare too well only amassing eight yards.
2008 Week 3 vs DEN (6 / 15 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
Thomas scored two rushing TDs and would have had a third, but Denver's D stuffed him on fourth and goal. Late in the game the Saints were driving for a go ahead score, but on third and one at the Denver 24 Thomas was pushed back a yard by D.J. Williams and New Orleans tried a 43 yard field goal that missed the mark.
2008 Week 6 vs OAK (3 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Before McAllister returned to the lineup, Thomas posted some good numbers. He gained valuable experience but didn't get into this game until the outcome had already been determined. He picked up 18 yards on three carries in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 7 vs CAR (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas got into the game in the fourth quarter and carried once for two yards. He also returned four kickoffs for a 27 yard average.
2008 Week 8 vs SD (3 / 28 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas was a distant second option in the rushing game and was all but nonexistent in the passing game. His fantasy value is very tied to the health of Reggie Bush, but if Thomas is only going to get three touches even with Bush out of the lineup, it'll be tough for him to make a fantasy impact going forward.
2008 Week 10 vs ATL (6 / 26 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Filling in for Deuce McAllister, Thomas had a team high six carries. His workload out of the backfield was limited due to the Saints having difficulty rushing the ball and having to go to a passing attack. Thomas proved to be a valuable asset out the backfield as he functioned as a safety net for Drew Brees to rely on if all of his other options were covered.
2008 Week 11 vs KC (16 / 88 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the offensive star of the game for the Saints. He was effective in both the running and passing games and totaled 144 yards from scrimmage. Thomas had 20 touches compared to eight for Deuce McAllister. Thomas had runs of 16 and 15 yards and caught passes for 24 and 21 yards. He also plunged in for a one yard touchdown. With the return of Reggie Bush on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how Thomas factors in the Saints' offense. Thomas dropped one pass that was slightly behind him.
2008 Week 12 vs GB (15 / 87 / 2 rush, 5 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
RB Pierre Thomas was easily the best running back for the Saints in week 12. He ran well and made the right cuts when necessary. He was hardly touched on his 31 yard scamper into the end zone in the fourth quarter and put in a determined effort to convert the fourth and one situation on the play that helped set up the score. Thomas was also effective running with the ball after catching it.
2008 Week 13 vs TB (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 20 / 1 rec)
Thomas led New Orleans in rushing with 11 carries for 34 yards and had a long run of just nine yards. His big impact came in the passing game, where he had a 20 yard touchdown reception on his only target of the game.
2008 Week 14 vs ATL (16 / 102 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)
Pierre Thomas got the start as the Saints opened up in a one back offensive set with three receivers. Thomas ran hard and failed to go down easily, having to gain yards sometimes when there was little to no room to run. His long runs early in the game came on draw plays that caught the defense off guard. Later, when the defense began to tire, he was used on running plays between the tackles and the occasional outside run. His receiving touchdown came on a play where he was not the intended target but was the recipient of a dump off pass. On the next drive he scored the game winning touchdown when he picked his way through a small hole in the left side of the line and fell into the end zone.
2008 Week 15 vs CHI (22 / 87 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 59 / 1 rec)
Thomas started the game for New Orleans and was splitting carries with RB Reggie Bush early in the contest. He got off to a good start by catching a two yard touchdown pass for a touchdown in the second quarter. He got the bulk of the work in the first half after Bush left the game midway through the second quarter. He had eight carries for 24 yards in the first half. In the second half, Thomas got almost all of the carries as Bush spent most the second half on the bench. Things got even better for Thomas when he broke off a long 42 yard touchdown run down the left sideline. He was also targeted often out of the back as he caught seven passes for 59 yards in the game. Thomas did not look like a backup in this game; he looked more like a legitimate starting running back who put impressive numbers against a good run defense.
2008 Week 16 vs DET (13 / 77 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Thomas led the Saints with 77 yards rushing and added 26 more receiving yardage. Thomas' two yard plunge in the second quarter marks sixth consecutive game he has scored and is the ninth time he has reached the end zone in that span. Thomas ran hard and was able to gain yards after contact. However, his aggressive style led to a fumble and New Orleans' only turnover.
2007 Week 5 vs CAR (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas only saw action when Reggie Bush went to the sidelines to have his knee examined.
2007 Week 8 vs SF (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas came in very late in the game, and carried the ball three times for nine yards.
2007 Week 11 vs HOU (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas was used mostly as a kickoff returner.
2007 Week 12 vs CAR (12 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas had 12 carries for 32 yards. Most of his carries were in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. Thomas had ten carries in the fourth quarter but none of them were even inside the Carolina 46 yard line.
2007 Week 14 vs ATL (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas did not see much action on the night. He only ran the ball six times. It does like Stecker will be the replacement for Reggie Bush if Bush were to miss more time.
2007 Week 15 vs ARI (2 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Thomas came in to relieve Stecker on occasion and only carried twice for 20 yards.
2007 Week 16 vs PHI (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 29 / 0 rec)
Thomas performed well in relief of Aaron Stecker. He took over the feature back role when Stecker went out with an injury and continued to see action upon Stecker's return. Thomas does not have the experience or the ability that Stecker has, but performed best when he split time with Stecker in the second half.
2007 Week 17 vs CHI (20 / 105 / 0 rush, 15 / 12 / 121 / 1 rec)
Thomas was extremely active in both the running and passing game, with 32 official touches, including an average of over five yards per carry and ten yards per reception while filling in for Aaron Stecker. Most of Thomas' targets came in the second half after the departure of Marques Colston, where Brees was dumping the ball off to keep drives alive, something Thomas had done well at in the first half, though had seen his quarterback turn it over too many times to end the drive.