Pierre Thomas has had a solid run with the New Orleans Saints during his six-year career and his consistent play should continue into next season. The Saints are more of a pass-first team, but somehow Thomas always manages to rack up respectable numbers for a No. 3 running back. In 15 games last season, Thomas rushed for 473 yards and a touchdown with 105 carries. Head coach Sean Payton said that in the upcoming season the Saints want to rededicate themselves to the run and that could mean a lot more carries for Thomas.
With Chris Ivory now playing for the New York Jets, there really should not be much competition for Thomas as the No. 3 running back. Thomas will play behind Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles as the trio will work in a rotation with Ingram getting the majority of the carries. Thomas does provide a strong power run style for the Saints and he complements that with great ball security as he has only had three fumbles for his entire career.
If Thomas has a great training camp, he might be able to move up the depth chart, but for now he is great to have as a third running back. Thomas gives the Saints the luxury of having a good running back to provide some depth if someone goes down with an injury.
One player that could challenge Thomas for the No. 3 running back spot could be Travaris Cadet. Cadet has Sproles-like versatility as he can run, catch and return if needed, and that is what makes him so valuable to the Saints. For now, Cadet will likely stay as the No. 4 running back and he will likely see more time with the special teams anyway.
Thomas’ numbers should go up this season as the Saints look to run the ball more and I see him having another great year for the team.