What Pierre Thomas’ Injury means for the Saints? posted by Saints Fan
The New Orleans Saints confirmed that Pierre Thomas will miss Sunday’s game as he recovers from an ailing shoulder injury that he suffered in the third quarter in a loss to the Detroit Lions.
While the Saints’ depth at running back got a major boost with the return of Mark Ingram, it will be a struggle to produce points in the coming weeks as Thomas is expected to miss 2 to 4 weeks.
The veteran back from Illinois doesn’t jump out at you with his stat on running the ball, 133 rushing yards, but Thomas’ real value is in the passing game. He is absolutely deadly as a receiver out of the backfield. Allowing Brees more than a last option check down receiver, but a true option to go to, to gash a defense that drops 7 or 8 defenders to take away the passing lanes.
Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson just don’t add that receiving value to the back position as they are more true, between the tackles, backs.
The best the Saints can hope for is a speedy recovery from Thomas as they are struggling at 2-4 and in desperate need of a boost to their offense. They are not a power running team and rely on multiple options in the passing game where Brees can operate effectively as a field general, distributing the ball amongst a cavalry of receivers.
For as long as Thomas is on the shelf, Ingram and Khiry Robinson are likely to share the running back duties. But the real hurt will again, be in the passing game as Thomas is the main passing target for Brees. The Saints already have major question marks this season and Thomas' absence will only give head coach Sean Payton even more to worry about in the coming weeks.Continue reading "What Pierre Thomas’ Injury means for the Saints?"