Pierre Thomas falling behind Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson

AP

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.

32 responses to “Pierre Thomas falling behind Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. “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?

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

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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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