Pierre Thomas RB NO 7 months ago

The Saints have released Thomas, NFL.com reports.

With Thomas cut loose thanks to the team's salary cap situation and Mark Ingram on track to hit free agency, the Saints figure to have a new-look backfield in 2015. The 30-year-old Thomas was limited to 11 games (and 45 carries for 222 yards and two TDs) last year, but when healthy, he remains an asset as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. After recording 77 catches for New Orleans in 2013, Thomas caught 45 passes for 378 yards and a TD this past season.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 9 months ago

Thomas finished the season with 22 yards on 45 carries and 378 yards on 45 receptions - with three total touchdowns - in 11 games.

A year removed from catching a career-high 77 passes, it was a frustrating year for Thomas, as he battled various injuries throughout. Due $2.15 million in salary and bonuses in 2015, Thomas is a candidate for release given the Saints' tight salary cap situation, but with Mark Ingram an unrestricted free agent and Travaris Cadet underwhelming in a pass-catching role, it's likely Thomas will return next season. While the eight-year veteran's upside is likely limited, he could easily return to being an asset in PPR leagues, if he remains healthy in New Orleans.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 9 months ago

Thomas (ribs) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

With Thomas out for Week 17, it should equal a particularly big workload for Mark Ingram. Travaris Cadet and Khiry Robinson could see a few more snaps than usual.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 9 months ago

Thomas (ribs) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, the Saints' official site reports.

During Sunday's loss to the Falcons, Thomas left the game for good due to a foot injury, but his current absence was the result of a rib issue. Since the rest of the Saints' backfield is healthy, including their workhorse (Mark Ingram), Thomas' health may not be risked in the season finale. As a result, keep an eye on Thomas' status as the week unfolds.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 10 months ago

Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Falcons, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

With Thomas on the shelf, look for the Saints to lean heavily on Mark Ingram in the rushing attacking, with Khiry Robinson set to see work in a complementary role. Not much is known regarding the exact nature of Thomas's injury at the moment, but we'll be sure to monitor his practice status in advance of Week 17.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 10 months ago

Thomas is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Falcons due to a foot injury, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Thomas left the game in the second quarter, and will likely be relieved on third downs by Khiry Robinson until he is able to return. Mark Ingram should continue to serve as the lead back for the Saints.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 10 months ago

Thomas caught 5-of-5 targets for 83 yards, adding 11 yards on two carries, in Monday's 31-15 win over the Bears.

Thomas recorded each of his five receptions before halftime, highlighted by gains of 39 and 31 yards in the first quarter, with the 39-yarder featuring a slew of broken tackles. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram unsurprisingly dominated the carries, picking up 59 yards and a touchdown on 17 totes. Khiry Robinson contributed 20 total yards on five touches (two receptions), while Travaris Cadet did not record a carry or target. The New Orleans offense gets another friendly matchup in Week 16 against the Falcons, though that may be better news for Ingram than for Thomas.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 10 months ago

Thomas gained 38 yards on five carries and added another 14 yards on four receptions on six targets in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Thomas found some success on the ground but the Saints quickly abandoned the run after falling behind by four touchdowns just minutes into the second half. Now healthy, Thomas should continue to have some value in PPR leagues, but he's more of a drain on Mark Ingram's value than a standalone fantasy option in standard scoring leagues, as he's simply not seeing a large enough workload to offer reliable value. If you're a fantasy owner in a really deep league, or simply desperate, Thomas does have a favorable matchup against a shaky Bears' defense in Week 15.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 10 months ago

Thomas (shoulder) had three carries for 21 rushing yards and two catches on four targets for 16 receiving yards Sunday against the Steelers.

Mark Ingram dominated the touches out of the backfield (23 carries for 122 yards), and while Thomas was able to play a small part in the passing game, he was unable to catch one of Drew Brees' five touchdown passes. Thomas doesn't have a ton of upside in non-PPR leagues, as Ingram is clearly the workhorse back, and with his receptions so inconsistent, he makes for a fairly unreliable fantasy option.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 10 months ago

Thomas (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Mark Ingram still figures to get a majority of the carries out of the backfield, but Thomas is the top option on passing downs, giving him much more value in PPR formats than standard ones.