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Pierre Thomas falling behind Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson


In the competition for carries in New Orleans, Pierre Thomas is falling behind Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson.

Thomas was the team’s leading rusher last year, with 147 carries for 549 yards, but the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Ingram and Robinson have moved ahead of Thomas, who took a pay cut to remain in New Orleans this offseason. In practice, Ingram and Robinson are splitting first-team reps while Thomas works with the second team.

Ingram and Robinson both played well in the Saints’ preseason opener, while Thomas didn’t play for reasons the Saints haven’t fully explained. The Saints’ depth chart lists Ingram as the starter, Robinson as No. 2 and Thomas at third string.

Thomas will likely still get plenty of playing time this season in the passing game, as Thomas is the most accomplished receiver of the three: Thomas caught 77 passes last season, while Ingram caught just seven and Robinson has never caught a pass in a regular-season game. In fact, Thomas may get even more passes thrown his way this year than he did last year, thanks to the departure of Darren Sproles.

But in the running game, it looks like Thomas, who will turn 30 this season, has been passed up by two younger backs.

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32 Responses to “Pierre Thomas falling behind Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson”
  1. lgbarn says: Aug 11, 2014 7:04 AM

    You know you are in trouble when you are behind Mark Ingram on the depth chart.

  2. 4thandlonger says: Aug 11, 2014 7:04 AM

    Let him work in to the season whilst the young guys are fit and firing, then bring him when the season gets to the pointy end. Smart

  3. remyje says: Aug 11, 2014 7:04 AM

    ruh roh

  4. asseenonokra says: Aug 11, 2014 7:14 AM

    If Pierre Thomas is your third string RB, then you are doing alright.

  5. stainlineho says: Aug 11, 2014 7:14 AM

    PT that is fine. Let Ingram and Khiry earn their keep, we’ll get you going later in the season and for the postseason.

    You have served the Saints well and always balled out!!!

  6. SeenThisB4 says: Aug 11, 2014 7:33 AM

    Ingram is in a contract year, he needs to produce and start to provide a return on the size able investments the Saints have made on him. PThomas will be just fine.

  7. uncletuna says: Aug 11, 2014 8:01 AM

    This seems like one of those cattle-prod articles where a coach lends some scoop to get another player going…

  8. mattryansnoodlearm says: Aug 11, 2014 8:23 AM

    You can’t look into who’s running with the ones and twos at this point. This is a running back by committee approach. They are all going to split touches.

  9. nomad57 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:23 AM

    PT is a great asset for sure. It’s good for the Saints if someone can beat him out for the starting spot. Depth charts in preseason mean zilch though.

  10. rajbais says: Aug 11, 2014 8:41 AM

    It’s only politics. Ingram was a first rounder and they’re trying to prevent the admission of a mistake like Ingram.

  11. Straight Cash Homie says: Aug 11, 2014 9:07 AM

    PT is the Saints best pass blocking back, best pass catching back, and the best screen back in the NFL. Let the young bucks get all the preseason work while PT gets some rest. It doesn’t matter where he is on the depth chart because the Saints will be using all three of their backs. So it really doesn’t matter if he is in there for the first play or not.

    Can’t wait for all the Viqueen fans to start crying about OUR 2009 Lombardi trophy again.

  12. tomny0970 says: Aug 11, 2014 9:09 AM

    Thomas is one of the football players I have come to respect the most over the last 10 years. Unheralded, runs hard, never causes any problems, outplayed Reggie Bush and then held off Mark Ingram. Easy guy to root for. Unfortunately, time waits for no man. He’s not washed up, but he could be slowing down a little. I like Robinson. He looks good. Not a fan of Ingram. Either way, great career Thomas – look forward to seeing you tote the rock a little more this year.

  13. schmokes says: Aug 11, 2014 9:10 AM

    “who took a pay cut to remain in New Orleans this offseason”

    Should say “who took a pay cut to remain in the NFL this offseason. Lead a team in rushing with under 600 yards? That’s right, he averaged less than 40 yards per game. Is anyone surprised that he’s on the way down the depth chart?

  14. brokebackbrees says: Aug 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    Lol! By far the 32nd best back field in the NFL.

  15. nowillrepeat says: Aug 11, 2014 10:15 AM

    Mark Ingram will be in the pro bowl this year

  16. chad504boy says: Aug 11, 2014 10:43 AM

    Pierre was brought back for his versatility, veteran leadership, and consistency. Ingram and Khiry is going to get the majority of the load.

  17. doubleogator says: Aug 11, 2014 10:48 AM

    Since the end of last year and the first preseason game this year, Mark Ingram has looked like anything but a mistake. He’s now playing like a first round pick should. As far as Pierre Thomas, he’s always played hard, and has been great coming off the bench to add a spark, I believe he will be that player again in 2014…

  18. madddogg365 says: Aug 11, 2014 10:56 AM

    & the Vikings are by far the 33rd best team in the league. 32nd best team is that frachise team in London…that isn’t even here yet. lol

  19. bubbybrisket says: Aug 11, 2014 11:34 AM

    Rainbow Dash would be the best RB in the league…PERIOD!

  20. hugeredskinsfan says: Aug 11, 2014 11:34 AM

    Thomas will have more total yards than both of the others. He is the way better all around RB. Don’t listen to what that random newspaper says.

  21. rhodesclosed29 says: Aug 11, 2014 11:36 AM

    Thomas was never that good anyway. overhyped bc he plays for a crap franchise like the taints.

    whats going to happen when brees retires? 16 more years on losing seasons?

    heres a tip “Nawwwwlins” keep the brown paper bags close by.

  22. mdd913 says: Aug 11, 2014 11:45 AM

    The Saints depth chart says a lot of whacky things right now. There is no center, Brandin Cooks is behind Nick Toon and Kenny Stills is first string despite the fact he hasn’t stepped on the field yet.

  23. granadafan says: Aug 11, 2014 11:54 AM

    Getting beat by a Heisman Bama bust is a hard pill to swallow.

  24. genericuser8888 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:30 PM

    Thomas is the best all around back that we have. He’s been the only *consistent* runner that we’ve had for years.

    The Saints use a rotation at running back. Being listed as third-string doesn’t mean anything. He will get plenty of playing time.

  25. lengai says: Aug 11, 2014 12:31 PM

    It’s obvious many of these folks don’t even watch the games.

  26. tombstone7 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:55 PM

    My money is on Thomas……2nd is Robinson…Ingram won’t make a full season, if history is any indicator!

  27. ariani1985 says: Aug 11, 2014 1:05 PM

    Lol at these RB

  28. whodat5150 says: Aug 11, 2014 1:10 PM

    I’m a BIG fan of Pierre Thomas but they may be looking at rookie RB Derrick Strozier trying to surpass him. Ingram DEFINITELY isn’t the receiver that Thomas is. I still haven’t forgotten the easy screen pass that he dropped in the Divisional playoff game last season. The blocking was there and it could have been a TD or a serious gain at the least.

  29. 941bucs says: Aug 11, 2014 2:23 PM

    I think hes still one of the better backs in the league when it comes to screens, dump offs, and yards after contact. I believe hes still a solid back in the league. But nice stable of backs all around they got there

  30. coreypopno says: Aug 12, 2014 11:51 AM

    PT played well as what he has been in his time with New Orleans, a decent back-up runningback. With Sproles gone NO needs a new starting runningback, so the coaching staff is seeing what they have this year before dipping their hand in the draft and free agency to try to find someone else to fill the big shoes Sproles left. I believe Ingram can be a great feature back if you feed him the touches. He’s always been 3rd string or injured so he never really got the chance. But now he started getting the touches and he’s producing well. I’m excited to see what Ingram can bring to this already outstanding offense.

  31. samhackney says: Aug 14, 2014 8:20 PM

    Maybe it’s because Pierre is a veteran. After all, New Orleans needs to know what to expect from Ingram and Robinson. They know what they have in Pierre, a player with good body control, outstanding balance who is the best screen-back in the NFL. He does it all, knows the system and will get his share!

  32. tfonseca1 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:18 AM

    Pierre is not really falling behind anyone. If you notice he is the third down package running back. They all rotate in and out the game depending on play call. Notice this Colts game Pierre had 66 yards receiving and 13 yards rushing on 3 carries he only had 1 less touch then Ingram and Robinson. SO the way this works out is he pretty much may get equal touches the way this offense works.

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