The Saints are an offensive juggernaunt and have the skill players to run or at pass and be tremendously effective doing so. With Chris Ivory in NY, the backfield is a little less crowded and will give more opprtunites to Ingram and Thomas. Sproles seems like his role was carved out and Mark Ingram has flashed his potential form time to time. Thomas is a very smooth runner that can run and receive equally as good. It remains to be seen how Payton will use these guys, but I would draft them in this order Sproles, PT, and Ingram. If Ingram gets the green light and the goaline carries, he could be a nice fantasy option. Here is what PT Cruiser had to say about the Saints’ backfield:
“Sean talked about that when he came back,” Thomas said Wednesday before the Black and Gold Hoops Challenge at Rummel High School in Metairie. “When we had our first team meeting, he talked about that. He said we definitely need to get back to that ground game.”
“There’s going to be more focus this year on that ground game than any year. He said we’ve got to get back to running the ball, having 100-yard games non-stop. I can’t wait. I’m excited and I know everybody else is excited.”
Thomas: “I think there’s going to be a lot of guys used a lot more because it’s a little shorter in our running back depth. We’re going to be used a lot in different ways. I know I’ve heard we’re going to change up a whole lot of things this year. Because Coach Payton has seen a lot from his point of view, and now that he’s back in the show he wants things to change.”
“It’s a little less crowded now, but we was all weapons and used in different ways. Now, we’re still doing the same thing and having that nice little rotation (with Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles) and having that same tempo. We’re happy in our room and happy to get everything back going.”
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