The New Orleans Saints are coming off a big victory and season sweep of their arch rivals, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints handled their business in a defensive struggle and came out with a 17-13 win. There were many players that shined for the Saints in their most recent win, but one player who may have shined the brightest was running back Pierre Thomas.
Thomas was very effective in the run game, but also just as effective in the passing game. With Darren Sproles sitting this one out, Thomas was asked to take on a role similar to Sproles’, and he did not disappoint. Thomas got the ground game going as he carried the ball 10 times for 73 rushing yards, including a long rush of 18 yards converting that run into a first down. Then in the passing game Thomas caught five passes for 53 yards.
With Thomas’ 130 all-purpose yards against the Falcons he is solidifying himself as a legitimate dual-threat. Furthermore, Thomas has been a budding star as of late for the 9-2 Saints. If Sproles does not play in the Saints’ Monday night showdown against the Seattle Seahawks, then expect Thomas to play the same kind of role he played against the Falcons.
For years Thomas has arguably been the Saints’ most consistent and reliable running back on the roster, no matter if he is starting or coming off the bench. The Saints should definitely reward Thomas for his great play and elect to use him as the primary ball carrier and even work him in more in the passing game.
Thomas is a rising star for the Saints and given his consistency it would be hard not to see him take on a bigger role in the team’s offense.