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Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:50:22 -0800
New Orleans Saints RP Pierre Thomas had 10 rushes for 73 yards and five catches for 57 yards in the team's Week 12 win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Nov. 21.
Fantasy Tip: It helped that Darren Sproles was inactive for this one. Still, it reminds us that Thomas can be very effective in both the passing and running game, and he should see valuable touches even when Sproles returns to action.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 15:13:04 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas performed well in a return to his hometown in Week 5 against the Chicago Bears. He had 19 carries for 36 yards, which wasn't great, but he also caught nine passes for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Fantasy Tip: Thomas' fantasy stock continues to rise, and he can now be treated as a low-end RB2 or flex fantasy option heading into Week 6 against the New England Patriots.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:46:49 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 3 game.
Fantasy Tip: Pierre Thomas likely will receive more carries with Ingram out. Darren Sproles likely will handle his role as runner and receiver in the offense. Sproles should be seen as a No. 2 running back for teams this week with Thomas being a No. 3 running back or flex option.
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:41:49 -0700
The New Orleans Saints traded RB Chris Ivory (Jets) during the offseason, unjamming what was a crowded backfield. However, RB Mark Ingram (toe) has yet to take advantage through the first two games, running for just 31 yards on 17 carries. In Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ingram struggled early, and the team featured RB Pierre Thomas more.
Fantasy Tip: Ingram might need a change of scenery to realize his potential. He is a back who might need 20-25 carries to get into a groove and get stronger as the game goes on, but that isn't the game plan in New Orleans. For now, he is only worth hanging onto if you need an RB3 or flex player in leagues of 12 or more teams. And at least than two yards per carry, so far, even that might be generous.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:16:50 -0700
New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas was quietly effective in the Week 1 game against the Atlanta Falcons, finishing with 43 yards on nine carries. The Saints ran the ball 29 times, and plan to run more to help the passing game. Last season, the Saints had 29 or more rushing attempts just twice, 28 or more three times.
Fantasy Tip: If you're looking for rushing yardage in New Orleans, Thomas and Mark Ingram are your best fantasy bets. Darren Sproles is the man for those in points-per-receptions (PPR) formats.
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:36:06 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Travaris Cadet fumbled twice in the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 16, and he drew the ire of head coach Sean Payton. "That just can't happen," Payton said. Cadet is battling RB Khiry Robinson for the fourth tailback job behind RBs Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles.
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:11:01 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (undisclosed) is practicing Wednesday, Aug. 14. LB Junior Galette (undisclosed) is still out.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:37:07 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (undisclosed) and LB Curtis Lofton (undisclosed) both participated in a team walkthrough Monday, Aug. 12.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:09:45 -0700
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (undisclosed), RB Pierre Thomas (undisclosed), OG Eric Olsen (undisclosed) and LB Martez Wilson (elbow) are out of practice Monday, Aug. 12.
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:15:01 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has looked very good during practices and could be seen as the player with the best training camp performance so far. He is looking like he did as a rookie when the first defender usually had a hard time bringing him down.
Fantasy Tip: It appears like Ingram is the favorite for a majority of the carries in the base offense with his training camp work. Darren Sproles is still the first Saints running back fantasy owners should look to take, but Ingram appears a better choice than Pierre Thomas at this point. Ingram likely will be a solid No. 3 running back entering the season.
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:05:35 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram will be the lead running back in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 9, with RB Pierre Thomas (undisclosed) out. Ingram has looked strong, fast, fluid and a little slimmer in camp thus far.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:23:57 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas is listed as the starting running back on the team's first depth chart.
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:07:14 -0700
New Orleans Saints RBs Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas are expected to evenly split carries in base packages this season with RB Darren Sproles resuming is role as a multi-purpose running back.
Fantasy Tip: All three running backs should have value in fantasy leagues this season, but Sproles probably will have the most value. He should be a No. 2 running back in point-per-reception leagues and a flex option in other formats. Ingram and Thomas should be seen as No. 3 running backs or flex options in leagues.
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:47:17 -0700
New Orleans Saints RBs Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles have been receiving most of the carries with the first-team offense over the past three weeks. Thomas has been receiving most of the carries while Sproles has been doing different things depending on the play. RB Mark Ingram has been working mostly with the second-team offense during workouts. It appears the team will use the hot hand during games this season and not stick with one running back.
Fantasy Tip: Sproles likely will have the most fantasy value among the team's running backs because of his ability to produce in the running and passing game. Sproles should be considered a No. 1 running back especially in point-per-reception leagues because of his receiving abilities. Thomas and Ingram should be backup running backs on fantasy teams that could be flex option in some weeks.
Thu, 16 May 2013 16:08:24 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he does not want his personal goals to outweigh the team's goals this season. "I just want to go out there and do what I can to help the team win a championship," Ingram said. "Of course I want to have a big year individually. But, you know, the main goal is to win games and stay healthy and be out there on the field on Sundays." Ingram said he is fine with sharing carries with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.
Thu, 09 May 2013 10:49:16 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas said head coach Sean Payton wants more focus on the running game this season. "There's going to be more focus this year on that ground game than any year. He said we've got to get back to running the ball, having 100-yard games non-stop. I can't wait. I'm excited and I know everybody else is excited," Payton said.
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:38:11 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) has been placed on Injured Reserve.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:35:00 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 28, and has been ruled out.
Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:26:22 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:33:51 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:09:51 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:30:55 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:51:23 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory had eight carries for a team-high 34 yards in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers. RB Mark Ingram had 10 carries, but he managed just 27 yards. RB Pierre Thomas had one carry for no gain. Meanwhile, RB Darren Sproles had no carries, but he did post a team-high seven catches and 65 yards.
Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:59:06 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram carried 12 times for a team-best 67 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders. RB Chris Ivory spelled him eight times for 37 yards, and RB Pierre Thomas came on for five carries and 30 yards.
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:32:31 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Joe Vitt said the team is enamored with all three of their running back options with RB Darren Sproles (hand) out. "We've liked all three running backs since we acquired them. Pierre Thomas has done a phenomenal job since he's been with us since '07. Pierre has great balance. He's a great screen back. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. We know that Chris Ivory is one of those guys who can run with power and can make you miss. Mark Ingram, we believe is an elite back, who after having some offseason surgery is starting to come around," Vitt said. He added that the team created a specific game plan for each back this past week in order to give all three of them some touches.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:56:17 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas carried five times for 10 yards in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons, and he added one catch for six yards.
Fantasy Tip: Thomas looked to be re-emerging as a solid fantasy option a couple of weeks ago, but he was right back to laying an egg in this one.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:02:27 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram posted 44 rushing yards on seven carries in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Nov. 5, while RB Pierre Thomas managed 44 yards on six totes. Thomas also chipped in with two catches for 26 yards while Ingram had a pair of grabs for 23 yards.
Sun, 07 Oct 2012 21:55:46 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had nine carries for a team-high 30 yards in the Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers, and he added two catches for 40 yards. RB Mark Ingram carried five times for just 16 yards.
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:38:26 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had nine carries for just 14 yards in the Week 4 game against the Green Bay Packers. He also had two receptions for minus-1 yard in the forgettable afternoon.
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:38:03 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas carried nine times for 110 yards in Week 2 against Carolina Panthers. It was his fourth career 100-yard game, and his first since Sept. 27, 2009, against the Buffalo Bills.
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 17:02:45 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had a team-high 17 rushing yards on four carries in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, while RB Mark Ingram managed just 15 yards on six totes. RB Darren Sproles did not have any carries, although he was able to post 35 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. The Saints will look for more running room in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, a team which allowed 95 yards on the ground to Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin in Week 1.
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 07:23:21 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas said it was about time QB Drew Brees was signed to a new deal. Thomas also does not think Brees is overpaid despite signing a five-year, $100 million contract. "My reaction was, about time. It's about time," Thomas said. "He deserves it. He does a lot for this organization, he does a lot for New Orleans. He busts his butt to get the position where he's at in his career. He's set so many records, the man is a coach of the game, a teacher of the game and he's a player too. He's a great guy and you want to see greatness for him. I'm proud and I'm happy for him."
Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:52:30 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas said he has recovered from the head injury he suffered in the playoffs.
Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:57:50 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (head) was limited to just two total touches in the Divisional Round playoff game loss against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Jan. 14. Thomas ran once for six yards while posting one reception for five yards.
Sat, 14 Jan 2012 13:41:16 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (head) went to locker room after taking a blow to the head in the Divisional Round playoff game.
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 20:54:21 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas carried eight times for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Wild Card game win Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Detroit Lions. Thomas also had six receptions 55 yards.
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 16:18:24 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas was fined $12,500 Thursday, Dec. 29, for a uniform violation and touchdown celebration in Week 16 when he placed a bow on the football and gave it to a fan after he scored a touchdown. He also was fined for wearing Christmas-themed green and red tape on his uniform.
Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:52:33 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had nine carries for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Dec. 26. He also added two catches for just four yards. Thomas was flagged for excessive celebration, after pulling a Christmas bow from his uniform, attaching it to a football, and presenting the football to a fan after his first quarter score.
Sun, 04 Dec 2011 22:14:10 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had two carries for 10 yards in Week 13 against the Detroit Lions, and he managed just two catches for 11 yards. After totaling 110 yards from scrimmage with a score in Week 12, Thomas saw his fewest rushes and total touches of the season in Week 13.
Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:03:09 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said Wednesday, Nov. 30, that the running back situation is not set in stone, and the coaching staff will look at it closely each week. "We value (RB Chris Ivory's) ability," Payton said. Ivory was a healthy inactive in Week 12, as he appears fourth on the depth chart behind RB Mark Ingram and veteran RBs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:33:48 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had eight carries for 63 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the New York Giants Monday, Nov. 18, and he added three catches for 47 yards. The 110 yards from scrimmage was the second-highest total of the season for Thomas, bested only in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts in another blowout win.
Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:54:56 -0700
New Orleans Saints RBs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas each saw 26 snaps on offense in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts, while RB Mark Ingram was in for 27 snaps.
Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:08:59 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had 10 carries for 57 yards in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts. He was also able to haul in five receptions for 68 yards. His 125 total yards from scrimmage was by far a season best.
Sun, 16 Oct 2011 20:19:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had seven carries for just 11 yards in Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas also had a five-yard reception and he lost a fumble.
Wed, 05 Oct 2011 21:41:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry to 5.0 yards per carry for RB Pierre Thomas. However, Ingram is getting nearly all of the short-yardage and goal-line carries against heavier fronts. Ingram has 10 carries when the team needs one yard for a first down, while Thomas has none. Overall, Ingram has 53 carries to just 27 for Thomas.
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:25:56 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have three talented running backs in Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, and head coach Sean Payton said the integration of the three on the field is a "work in progress." Payton said the coaching staff thinks a lot about the way the three backs will be utilized during games.
"If you separate Darren's role a little bit, if you start with some nickel packages and a little bit of this 'lighting' term we use where we're wanting him specifically on the field much like with Reggie. I don't want to say that's easy, but that becomes the easy part of the equation. So if we can establish that we have a package that involves Sproles both in the nickel and in the base, then I think the bigger trick is coming up with a ways between Pierre and Mark," Payton said.
Payton said the team tries to give both Ingram and Thomas some semblance of a rhythm, allowing each a couple series at a time on offense. "That whole time there are some times and groupings that might trump whatever the rotation might be. But there's a lot of thought given to it," he added.
He added there may not be an exact science to the rotation and the backs want to see their involvement in the offense with the game plan and how the game unfolds.
Ingram currently leads the team with 91 yards rushing on 27 carries.
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 09:43:33 -0700
New Orleans Saints RP Pierre Thomas looks healthy this year after putting up just 3.2 yards per carry a year ago. After two games this year, Thomas has 5.1 yards per carry, while RB Mark Ingram is at 3.3 yards per tote.
Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:58:14 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had nine carries for 41 yards and two receptions for 14 yards in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears.
Thu, 08 Sep 2011 21:48:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had five carries for 31 yards, while adding four grabs for 37 yards, in the Week 1 game Thursday, Sept. 8, against the Green Bay Packers. Thomas totaled nine touches to 13 for rookie RB Mark Ingram.
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:09:36 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (undisclosed) was able to practice Wednesday, Aug. 31, after missing the session Tuesday, Aug. 30.