Thomas ranks #3 out of all RBs the past 5 years in overall grade by PFF
- just ahead of Arian Foster & Marshawn Lynch.
3. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (+31.0)
By far the biggest surprise of the list is Pierre Thomas of the Saints ranking third. Each of the last five years, Thomas has been part of a running back rotation, and he has been as consistent as you can be.
Only 5.7% of Thomas’ carries have been for a loss of yards, which is the lowest rate for backs with at least 300 carries. On top of that, 48.6% of his carries have gone for 4 or more yards, which is the second-highest rate behind C.J. Spiller. In addition, he has never had a season with more than one fumble. Thomas isn’t the kind of player to have breakaway runs for huge gains which hurts his yards per attempt. While you’re not going to see Thomas too often on the highlight reel, he simply gets the job done of moving the ball down the field.
He ranks #2 of all RBs as a receiver also. Image: http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/1002/nfl.super.bowl.XLIV.best.shots/images/pierre-thomas.opra-6021-mid.jpg
Would love for the dude to get another SB TD on his resume. He's the essence of what a "team player" is IMO. He is still at a friendly $2.5mil & $2.9mil cap hit this season and 2014. I complained about some second contracts in the Smith, Vilma, Harper thread. The PT23 extension deal was one of the better second contracts over the past 7 years.