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Pierre Thomas | Running Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 215
College: Illinois
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Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) remained sidelined Thursday.
The Saints haven't updated Thomas' status, but he's expected to be sidelined 2-3 weeks, leaving Travaris Cadet as the Saints' primary pass-catching back against the Packers. Oct 23 - 4:24 PM

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Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

Thomas is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Travaris Cadet will see an increased role in the passing game. Khiry Robinson (forearm) also missed practice Wednesday, though his injury isn't believed to be serious. Cadet is worth looking at in deeper PPR leagues after producing a 15-129-1 receiving line the past two weeks.
Oct 22 - 4:21 PM

According to NFL Network, Pierre Thomas (shoulder) will miss 2-3 weeks.

Thomas, currently third on the Saints in both catches and rush attempts, sustained the injury during Sunday's narrow loss at Detroit. The earliest he'll return is likely Week 10, as the Saints play on Thursday night in Week 9. It opens up a nice window for Khiry Robinson to get a bump in snaps and Travaris Cadet to get on the PPR radar. Cadet's role was expanding a bit even before Thomas' injury, as he has 15-129-1 through the air over the last three weeks while exclusively playing in the pass game.
Oct 21 - 8:22 AM

Pierre Thomas left the Saints Week 7 matchup with the Lions with a shoulder injury.

Trainers were examining the shoulder coming out of the half, but Thomas was able to play through the injury until he took a huge hit on a third-down grab that was ultimately called back. Thomas walked to the locker room under his own power. Travaris Cadet will get more passing-down work with Thomas sidelined.
Oct 19 - 3:12 PM

Pierre Thomas (illness) is listed as probable for Week 7.

Thomas didn't get in much practice time this week, but the Saints fully expect him to be available for Sunday's game against the Lions. Thomas remains a flex option in PPR leagues. His standard-league production is much more sporadic.
Oct 17 - 4:12 PM

Pierre Thomas (illness) missed Thursday's practice.

It's not a concern for Thomas' Week 7 status. He'll almost certainly be listed as "probable" on Friday's injury report. He'll be good to go as a FLEX option against the Lions.
Oct 16 - 4:35 PM

Pierre Thomas rushed for 35 yards and one touchdown on four carries in the Saints' Week 5 win over the Bucs, adding eight catches for an additional 77 yards and one touchdown.

Thomas and Khiry Robinson were the stars of the offense with Drew Brees struggling minus Jimmy Graham, who left early in the first half with a right shoulder injury. Thomas had just 195 total yards in the previous four games this season, so Week 5 qualified as a breakout. He caught a 15-yard touchdown on a 3rd-and-12 screen pass before taking a toss right 27 yards to the house. Thomas will disappoint some weeks, but he's also going to have games like this. He's a weekly FLEX option.
Oct 5 - 5:31 PM

Pierre Thomas has not lost his role to Travaris Cadet.

In Week 4, Thomas got four touches compared to seven for Cadet. Coach Sean Payton explained it by saying the Saints spent most of the game in their hurry-up, empty package that features Cadet. Under more normal passing situations, Thomas will be in. Expect him and Khiry Robinson to share the load Sunday against the Bucs in a game the Saints project to have the lead.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 3 - 7:53 PM

Pierre Thomas was held to two carries for eight yards in Week 4 against Dallas.

He added two catches for 15 yards. The Saints used Travaris Cadet as their primary passing down back, with Thomas getting just four touches. He's showed signs of decline in his age-29 season and is on track for just 776 total yards. Thomas will be just a low-end FLEX play in Week 5 against the Bucs.
Sep 29 - 1:07 AM

Pierre Thomas rushed eight times for 30 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 3 win over the Vikings, adding three catches for 21 yards.

Thomas got the Saints' only true goal-line carry of the day, capping off the opening drive with a one-yard plunge. It was not an indication that he's ahead of Khiry Robinson for goal-line looks, however, as Thomas' score came as the Saints quick snapped the Vikings after a Thomas reception set New Orleans up at the Minnesota one-yard line. We fully expect Robinson, who out-carried Thomas 18-8, to get those carries going forward. Thomas remains a mere FLEX play in standard leagues.
Sep 21 - 5:09 PM

Pierre Thomas rushed for 16 yards on three carries and caught three passes for 16 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Thomas got the start, but was used sparingly with Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson pounding the ball on the ground and Drew Brees throwing most passes to Jimmy Graham. Thomas owners are going to have to put up with inconsistent numbers in a three-man backfield. We still like Thomas as a RB2/3 in PPR leagues. He should fare better next week at home against Minnesota.
Sep 14 - 5:45 PM

Pierre Thomas rushed 7 times for 31 yards and caught 6 passes for 58 yards in the Saints' Week 1 loss in Atlanta.

Thomas was locked in as the passing-down back for the Saints all day, making several big plays on third down to keep drives alive. Of all the Saints' backs, his role in the offense seemed the most secure. He will continue to be a FLEX consideration in standard leagues, and should flirt with RB2 value in PPR formats.
Sep 7 - 4:44 PM

Pierre Thomas rushed three times for 13 yards and caught four passes for 66 yards in the Saints' third preseason game Saturday night.

The Saints utilized a near-even three-back timeshare of Mark Ingram, Thomas, and Khiry Robinson. All signs point to similar regular season usage. Thomas is clearly the best PPR pick, and has seven receptions this preseason. An underrated PPR RB2, Thomas will be a weekly flex option regardless of format this year.
Aug 23 - 10:53 PM

Pierre Thomas expects his pass-game role to expand this season.

"I know my role is going to change a whole lot this year," he said. "I'm going to do more pass protection and route running." On paper, it makes sense as Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, who combined for 108 catches last year, are both gone. But Thomas already caught 77 balls last season, Khiry Robinson is underrated in the pass game and Brandin Cooks can do Sprolesian things. In reality, it's hard to see Thomas' box-score production making a significant leap, leaving him as a borderline RB2/3 in PPR formats. He'll turn 30 in December and averaged a career-low 6.7 yards per reception last year.
Aug 21 - 9:32 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett continues to expect "a pretty even split" in New Orleans' three-man backfield.

A New Orleans Times-Picayune story recently suggested Pierre Thomas had fallen down the depth chart, which may technically be true, but certainly doesn't mean he's lost his role. His snaps may actually increase this season with Darren Sproles gone, and neither Mark Ingram nor Khiry Robinson particularly adept in the passing game. Thomas remains a solid RB3 in standard leagues. You could sell him as a viable RB2/flex in PPR leagues, as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 2:14 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
RB1Mark Ingram
2Pierre Thomas
3Khiry Robinson
4Travaris Cadet
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Mark Ingram
FB1Austin Johnson
2Erik Lorig
WR11Marques Colston
2Brandin Cooks
3Joe Morgan
WR21Kenny Stills
2Robert Meachem
3Nick Toon
WR31Brandin Cooks
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Ben Watson
3Josh Hill
4Tom Crabtree
K1Shayne Graham