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What Pierre Thomas’ Injury means for the Saints? posted on 11/09/2014

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.

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The 2014 New Orleans Saints posted on 09/23/2014

Quarterback Drew Brees may have lost a favorite target in Darren Sproles but he should be happy that the team traded for speedy receiver Brandin Cooks. The latter should contribute right away, as his lightning quickness will give a lot of headaches to opposing defensive coordinators. Aside from Cooks, the opposing defenses will also have to worry about preventing Jimmy Graham from catching passes, or Marques Colston doing some damaged downfield.

Graham received 86 balls and tallied 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns last year, despite him being bothered by an injury. Colston, on the other hand, was slowed down by a foot problem. Now that they are both healthy, look for them to partner with Cooks and make Brees all the more successful.  Even Kenny Stills who performed well last year as a rookie will be even better this time around.

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