Mark Ingram: “I know I’m a three-down back”

From Reggie Bush to Pierre Thomas to Darren Sproles to C.J. Spiller, it seems the New Orleans Saints have never run out of pass-catching backs to complement a hard-nosed runner. But according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, Mark Ingram believes he’s capable of shouldering the load as an every-down contributor. “I know I’m a three-down back. I could do first down, second down,...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Mid-Preseason Review: Running Backs

After having a season like the Saints did in 2014, Whodat Nation has been urgently waiting for the 2015 campaign to finally arrive. Saints fans have been ready to see the team come out with a vengeance, showing improvement from the embarrassment of last season.As fans, we obviously have several questions that need to be answered during the 2015 preseason. Will the defense make a...
Via Pro Football Spot
10 days ago  |  Discuss

How Good is the Saints New-Look Offense?

View image | gettyimages.com Click to See Full Power Rankings Article This unit suffered a lot of losses this offseason, mainly all-world tight end Jimmy Graham, wide receiver Kenny Stills, and running back Pierre Thomas. But as long as Drew Brees and Sean Payton are in control of this offense, they will put up ridiculous passing numbers. The receiving unit will be led by veteran...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram Working On His Whip and Nae Nae During Practice

Mark Ingram has a lot to be happy about. With Pierre Thomas gone chances are he is going to see a few more carries this season. He might even crack the 1000-yard barrier for the first time in his career. He came close last season with 964 yards (on 226 carries). After getting signed to a new deal in the off-season he knows the team wants to keep him around.If they are going to do...
Via FatManWriting
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Expectations for Saints’ Receiving Corps

It’s no secret that the New Orleans Saints are being stretched thin at the receiver position in 2015.The departure of Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills and Pierre Thomas and their 193 combined receptions last year will be greatly missed within Sean Payton’s offense. In other words, Drew Brees, entering his tenth season in New Orleans, will be missing the targets responsible for 42.3...
Via Pro Football Spot
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Saints facing a make-or-break season in 2015

There was a strong sense at the start of the 2015 offseason that the New Orleans Saints were in the process of rebuilding. After watching their offseason unfold though, it's safe to say that this team isn't in the midst of a rebuild, but instead it's more of a retool. New Orleans chose to part ways with players such as Jimmy Graham, Junior Galette, Kenny Stills, Curtis Lofton and...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

RB Pierre Thomas will not sign with Texans, unable to agree on terms

According Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com, veteran running back Pierre Thomas will not sign with the Texans after reports the two sides had reached an agreement. "Pierre Thomas had a great visit and work out with Texans, unfortunately we were unable to agree on terms," Smith said. Thomas, a free agent, was released by the Saints in March. Texans running back Arian Foster could...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pierre Thomas leaves Houston without a deal

The Houston Texans brought in veteran running back Pierre Thomas for a visit Wednesday, but according to a report, the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a contract. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans offered Thomas a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $870,000, which Thomas rejected.  The Texans are in search of depth at running back...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Three updates about what’s going on with the Houston Texans and RB Pierre Thomas

The Houston Texans got some very bad news on Pro Bowler Arian Foster on Tuesday. Foster’s groin will need surgery and he’ll almost certainly begin the year on IR. How long he’s out for is anyone’s guess, but it may not be until November or even later by the time Foster finally plays for the Texans this season. So, the team needs to add running back depth. Some nice options...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierre Thomas unable to agree to terms with Houston Texans

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsAfter Arian Foster went down with a groin injury, the Houston Texans were immediately interested in signing former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas. He had a great visit with the Texans, but according to his agent was unable to agree to terms with them. It is a tough break for Houston, but there are plenty of other free agent running...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Texans to sign Pierre Thomas to replace Arian Foster

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster recently sustained a season-shortening groin injury, leaving a major hole on the team’s roster. But according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans plan to sign Pierre Thomas, who was perhaps the best replacement available. Texans plan to sign running back Pierre Thomas following successful tryout today per sources also...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Texans Plan To Sign RB Pierre Thomas

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans plan to sign former Saints RB Pierre Thomas following a successful tryout on Wednesday. Houston also worked free agent RBs Ben Malena and Joe McKnight. Thomas, 30, had two years remaining on his three-year, $6.9 million contract when the Saints elected to release him in a move that freed ... The post Texans...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Texans to bring in RB Pierre Thomas for visit with Foster out

The Houston Texans moved quickly to fill the void caused by running back Arian Foster's injury, scheduling a workout with former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas.According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans will host Thomas on Wednesday as the team looks find a replacement for Foster. The Houston running back suffered a groin injury Monday that is expected to require...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierre Thomas converses with the Houston Texans

After Arian Foster’s injury, can Pierre Thomas be just what the doctor ordered for the Houston Texans?   With the news coming down earlier on Tuesday of the Arian Foster injury as reported by Endzone Score‘s Cameron Doherty, the Houston Texans will begin to look for help starting with Pierre Thomas. The former New Orleans Saints running back has been out of work since his...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: Playing without hype is a good thing

The New Orleans Saints enter next season without nearly as much hype as they did last year, which may be a good thing. Every Saints fan knows that New Orleans made arguably the biggest trade of the offseason, shipping Jimmy Graham to Seattle. Every Saints fan also knows that New Orleans released fan favorite Pierre Thomas and traded away Kenny Stills. New Orleans also released the...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The five most important position battles of New Orleans Saints training camp

Last week we looked at five of the Saints top-10 training camp battles. Today I’m wrapping up my countdown of the most important training camp battles with the top five. Before I get into my top five, though, let’s take a look at an honorable mention: Honorable Mention: C.J. Spiller v. Mark Ingram. This is a very interesting contest to follow because both players will be competing...
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July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Two undrafted players that have a good chance to make the roster

After the draft is over, that’s when the real draft begins, or something. The Saints attract quality players during the UDFA period because of their history of giving players a  real opportunity to make the team. Pierre Thomas was a mainstay in the offense for years, and Junior Galette eventually earned a starting role and a sizable contract. Josh Hill is slotted as the starting...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Post draft analysis: CB, D-Line, RB

The Saints roster isn’t the ‘night and day’ level of difference that some media members have implied with all of the ‘fire sale’ talk, but there has been some fairly significant change this year. Hopefully all of that is for the better and the Saints have been able to cover many of their weaknesses from last year, only time will tell. What we can look at it how the positions...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Add Eleven Undrafted Free Agents

On the New Orleans Saints team, there is always an opportunity to make the roster, regardless of how it is that you make your way onto this team. In recent memory, Pierre Thomas just finished a nine-year run with this team after being an UDFA, and presently Khiry Robinson is on the roster.In Robinson's rookie year of 2012, he made the team as an UDFA, and he went on to lead the team...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the 5 Best Free-Agent Running Backs Still Available

The free-agent running back pool, which started out rather deep, has thinned out immensely with many of the top-shelf backs signing with new teams. Here’s a look of five of the best running backs who are still available. 5. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons Of this group of running backs, Jackson has definitely had the most lucrative career. He totaled an incredible 10,138 yards...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Peyton’s new gameplan for the New Orleans Saints is a blast from the past

It’s been a whirlwind of a couple weeks for the New Orleans Saints. In a matter of about 10 days, the Saints released long-time fan favorite Pierre Thomas, defensive leader Curtis Lofton, re-signed Mark Ingram, traded Jimmy Graham for a Pro Bowl center and additional first-round pick, traded Ben Grubbs for a fifth-round pick and Kenny Stills for a starting inside linebacker and...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Kenny Stills reportedly traded to Dolphins

The New Orleans Saints appear to be completely clearing house on the offensive side of the ball this offseason. After sending shockwaves around the league by trading Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks, the Saints have released Pierre Thomas and now traded Kenny Stills. Pro Football Talk reports that Stills will be sent to the...Read More
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints sign RB C. J. Spiller

With all the playmakers the Saints have lost (Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills), adding one was a must. The Saints backfield just became pretty robust with Ingram, Spiller and Khiry Robinson as a three headed monster. This is the explosive back, good pass catcher and matchup nightmare out of the backfiled this offense missed last year. Huge pickup.   Saints reached agreement...
Via The Saints Nation
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Salary Cap Fixed: Shift in Focus

Movements the Saints are currently making in the roster shows you just how serious they are about, not only fixing the salary issue, but getting a team that is championship ready for 2015. Let's look into what they've done these past few days and what they will likely do in the days ahead.While, to many, the release of Pierre Thomas is surprising--I feel that it was only a matter...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: Mark Ingram Stays, Pierre Thomas and Curtis Lofton Leave

The boys break down all the latest Saints news including: Mark Ingram resigning and Ralph being completely wrong about free agent running back market Cap Issues Pierre Thomas getting released Is Pierre Thomas’ 2009 NFC Title Game Performance Top 5 in Saints History Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne get sent packing Ralph melts down over fans demanding Drew Brees take a pay cut...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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