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23 Pierre Thomas RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/215 | Birthdate: 12/18/1984 | Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA | Team: New Orleans | College: Illinois | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 95/35 | Average Draft Position: 84.49
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Pierre Thomas could make statement


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:44 pm ET) Carrying the ball just three times in two games this preseason games didn't exactly relieve concerns of Pierre Thomas playing a reduced role in the Saints running game this season -- a possibility he acknowledged earlier this preseason -- but he has the right matchup to make a statement Week 1 at Atlanta.

The Falcons were dreadful against the run last season, allowing 135.8 yards per game, second-most in the league. Thomas himself took advantage in the second of the two games the Saints played against them last year, picking up 73 yards on 10 carries and 57 on five catches Week 12 at Atlanta.

That second number should give Fantasy owners hope for this matchup. With Darren Sproles and Lance Moore out of the picture, Thomas should still play a significant role in the passing game. He led all running backs with 77 catches last year and had four catches for 66 yards in one of his two preseason games.

CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analyst Jamey Eisenberg likes Thomas enough with this matchup to rank him 21st among running backs this week. Dave Richard isn't as optimistic, ranking him 37th.


Pierre Thomas racks up 79 yards to total offense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas had another productive showing Saturday night against the Colts in exhibition play.

Thomas compiled 79 yards of total offense. He played the first half and finished with four catches for 66 yards and five targets. He took a backseat to Mark Ingram in the running game and finished with just three carries for 13 yards.

Pierre Thomas bracing for, but not accepting, decreased role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Pierre Thomas was already among the most productive pass-catchers out of the backfield in the NFL heading into this season. But the veteran Saints back sees that role increasing.

Thomas also anticipates being used more as a blocker with Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson expected to have their playing time increased. But Thomas is also not ready to give up too many reps as a runner. He rushed for 549 yards on 147 yards a year ago in a career-high nine starts while snagging 77 passes for 513 yards.

"I know my role is going to change a whole lot this year," he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I'm going to do more pass protection and route running. I'm improving my route running game. I'm stll going to be running the ball too. I've got a few changes here and there.

"...The coaches are not just going to put me down and sit me down on the side. Like I said, these guys are my friends and my teammates but they're going to have to outwork me. They're going to have to put me on the bench and that's going to be hard to do."


Pierre Thomas comes up with three grabs Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) After missing the first preseason game, Saints running back Pierre Thomas saw some action early on Friday night against the Titans.

Thomas was not used in the running game. He caught a 13-yard pass during the opening drive, and passes for 9 and 5 yards from Luke McCown on the third drive of the night. He caught all three of his targeted passes for 27 yards.

Pierre Thomas practicing again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who missed the preseason opener and Sunday's practice with an undisclosed injury, returned to a full-pads practice Monday and participated in some team drills, reports ESPN.com. Thomas has fallen behind Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson in the battle for carries, but still figures to catch a lot of passes as a third-down back.

Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson pulling away from Pierre Thomas


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson used the preseason opener in St. Louis to keep pulling away from Pierre Thomas, who did not make the trip for unspecified reasons, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Thomas was reportedly on the trading block this offseason, he's listed third on the unofficial depth chart, and he does not take snaps with the starters in walkthroughs, the paper said.

Ingram ran eight times for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Rams. Robinson carried five times for 23 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 16 yards.


Saints list inactives for exhibition opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) The Saints listed their inactives for Thursday's preseason opener against the Rams in St. Louis. Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, Andy Tanner, Champ Bailey, Jarius Byrd, Terrence Frederick, Erik Lorig, Ben Grubbs, Jahri Evans, Ty Nsekhe, Kenny Stills, Je'Ron Hamm and Victor Butler all did not dress for the game.

'Pretty even workload' expected for Saints' top 3 backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Saints have at least a three-headed monster at running back, with Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson expected to receive significant snaps. Then there's pass-catching back Travaris Cadet. 

ESPN's Saints reporter, Mike Triplett, expects "a pretty even workload between the Saints' top three running backs, with Thomas playing more of the nickel/third-down role now that Darren Sproles has been traded away. But it's always possible that the Saints could stick with the hot hand as the season goes along."


Pierre Thomas hopes to run ball better in 2014


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas is happy to be back in New Orleans this year, and he expects a better season than he had in 2013, reports ESPN.

Thomas had a career-high 77 receptions last year, which led all running backs in the NFL. He also gained 549 rushing yards, 513 receiving yards and scored five total touchdowns before suffering a season-ending chest injury in Week 17.

"It was a good season for me last year, but I feel like there was some areas I could do better," said Thomas. "The run game. I know I don't get a lot of carries, but I need to still focus on when I do get the carries, how to accomplish those runs."

Thomas played in exactly 50 percent of the Saints' regular-season snaps. And he could potentially play a similar role this year, even with younger backs Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet clamoring for more snaps.

Now that Darren Sproles is gone, Thomas should be featured heavily in the Saints' passing formations since he's their best receiver out of the backfield and their most reliable pass protector. He may lose some rushing yards but gain receiving yards as his role shifts slightly.


Pierre Thomas still Fantasy relevant


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) The Saints made a surprising move Wednesday by keeping running back Pierre Thomas with a two-year extension. And he should still have plenty of Fantasy value in 2014.

Thomas was the No. 23 running back in standard leagues in 2013, and he led all running backs with 77 catches. Now that Darren Sproles is expected to be released, Thomas could be even more of a factor in the passing game.

Sproles was fourth among running backs with 71 receptions, and Thomas will almost excusively play on passing downs for the Saints over Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram. Don't go overboard and expect 100-plus catches for Thomas, but he should have the chance for 80-plus based on Sean Payton's offense.

Along with Thomas' rushing totals -- he's had 100-plus carries for three consecutive seasons -- he should be able to replicate last year's 1,000-total yard campaign with five touchdowns. He makes for a solid No. 3 Fantasy running back in standard leagues and a low-end No. 2 option in PPR formats.

And if Robinson or Ingram fail to deliver on rushing downs, then Thomas could be a nice steal with a mid- to late-round pick.


Pierre Thomas gets two-year extension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who was considered a candidate for release, signed a two-year extension with the team, reports The Advocate. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

Thomas is now signed through 2016.


Pierre Thomas agent: No word on possible trade


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) The agent for Saints top runnng back Pierre Thomas has reported that his client's situation with the team remains the same despite trade rumors. The Saints have worked to clear cap space as free agency kicks off on Tuesday.

Lamont Smith tweeted that he could neither confirm nor deny that the team is working to deal Thomas, who compiled 1,062 yards rushing and receiving combined last year.


Saints set to overhaul running back corps?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) The Saints appear to be on the brink of a makeover at running back. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the team is shopping running back Pierre Thomas and "even could be open" to trading running back Darren Sproles.

Thomas had 224 touches last year for the Saints, totaling 1,062 yards and five touchdowns while Sproles had 124 touches for 824 yards and four touchdowns. Thomas is set to make over $2.5 million in 2014 while Sproles is due over $3 million. 


Ominous 'no comment' from Pierre Thomas' agent?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Pierre Thomas' agent said the Saints reached out to discuss the running back's future with the team, but "wouldn't comment on what those talks meant for Thomas' future," reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Thomas, 29, is entering the final year of his deal. The paper says he could be a cap casualty because the Saints would save all of his $2.9 million cap figure. Running backs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson carry a combined $2.8 million cap figure for 2014, the report said.


Pierre Thomas in danger of being cut?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who led the Saints with 549 rushing yards and ranked second with 77 catches, is a potential candidate for release, according to multiple reports. Thomas missed two playoff games with a rib injury, and Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson picked up the slack nicely.

"Could the combination of the running game faring well in the playoffs without him and the fact the Saints would save $2.9 million by cutting Thomas mean the end of the line for him in New Orleans?" the New Orleans Times-Picayune speculated.

Thomas, 29, averaged 3.7 yards per carry this season, the second-lowest average of his career.


Saints, Seahawks continue battle before battle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) A second pre-game scuffle took place before the game between the Saints and Seahawks in Seattle, according to various reports. This one pitted Saints tight end Jimmy Graham against Seahawks defensive backs Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Graham and Sherman had to be separated.

Pierre Thomas red-lighted for battle against Seahawks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been ruled out for the Saturday playoff clash at Seattle with a chest problem. He had been listed as questionable.

Questionable pair headlines Saints injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Two key Saints players are listed as questionable for the Saturday playoff game against the Seahawks. They are running back Pierre Thomas (chest) and defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle).

All of their teammates are pretty much certain to play. Tackle Terron Armstead (knee), cornerback Keenan Lewis (head/neck) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) are probable.


Pierre Thomas a long shot to play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas is a long shot to play Saturday against the Seahawks. 

Thomas is dealing with a chest injury, and hasn't been able to return to practice yet. Given the team's depth at running back, and Mark Ingram's recent success, it doesn't seem like there's a big need for Thomas to push himself too early. 


Pierre Thomas still sidelined


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who led the team in rushing during the regular season, missed Wednesday's practice with a chest injury, reports WVUE-TV. Thomas missed the playoff win in Philadelphia and his status is uncertain for Saturday's visit to Seattle.

Saints' running game picking up at right time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2014) The Saints averaged 79.8 rushing yards per game over their first eight games. Over the final eight, they averaged 104.4. The running game continued to do its part in the playoff win in Philadelphia, producing 185 yards as Mark Ingram gained 97 yards on 18 carries and Khiry Robinson netted 45 yards on eight totes.

New Orleans played without leading rusher Pierre Thomas (chest).

“I love the fact that the coaches had the faith in me and the other backs to run the ball a lot in the game," Ingram told The Advocate.

The Saints likely will find it tougher to run against the Seahawks on Saturday. In Week 13 at Seattle, New Orleans gained 44 yards on 17 carries in a 34-7 loss.


Saints issue inactive for Wild Card game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) The Saints have ruled the following players as inactive for Saturday's Wild Card playoff game at Philadelphia: Pierre Thomas, Ryan Griffin, Terrence Frederick, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Keyunta Dawson, Tyrunn Walker and Nick Toon.

Pierre Thomas ruled out


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been ruled out of the team's first playoff game.

Thomas is dealing with a chest injury, and was unable to practice throughout the week. It's the first time this season Thomas will miss a game.


New injury for Pierre Thomas


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) Saints running back Pierre Thomas missed Wednesday's practice with a chest injury, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. It is a new injury for Thomas, who dealt with an eye problem last week but was able to practice fully.

Thomas, who has 1,062 yards from scrimmage, was the only offensive player to miss practice ahead of Saturday's playoff game in Philadelphia.


Pierre Thomas continues stumble despite score


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Saints all-purpose back Pierre Thomas finished his second-half fade in 2013 on Sunday, though he did manage one sparkling moment in the defeat of Tampa Bay.

Thomas recorded an 8-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left in the third quarter to give his team a 35-17 lead and all but secure the victory.

He finished with just 20 yards on seven carries, however, giving him 30 attempts for a mere 63 yards in his last five games combined. He also caught just one pass in the win, matching his season low.