NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 24: Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after a first down against the Green Bay Packers on November 24, 2009 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas was listed at the top of the Saints' unofficial depth chart Monday, followed by Mark Ingram, and Darren Sproles third.
Thomas is the best screen-pass specialists on the team, however, he's also proven to be an excellent all around back and no active running backs boast a higher yards-per-carry average than Thomas' 4.8 YPC.
According to Chris Wessling of NFL.com, Thomas has established himself as the guy to beat in the Saints backfield.
‘Although Ingram does own the skill set to succeed as a foundation back in a ball-control offense, it's evident after even a cursory glance at the 2012 game film that he's a mismatch in the Saints' pass-heavy attack. He doesn't have the lateral agility, quickness or post-catch elusiveness to keep up with Sproles or Thomas as a receiver. More problematic, the offense grinds to a halt when Ingram enters the game because his presence telegraphs the play-calling for the defense.’