Do the Saints Need an Upgrade at Running Back?

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Nov 29, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back De

De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon)

This would be the ideal replacement for the explosive and versatile Sproles. To be frank, Thomas doesn’t have the size or build you look for in a running back. He definitely won’t be a feature back at the next level, and durability and size concerns will have him being a fit for only a handful of teams at first glance. The Saints would be one of them, though.

By drafting Thomas, they’d get a much younger and arguably more explosive version of Sproles and they’d be able to also save money in the process by releasing Sproles, as well. Thomas isn’t going to be the right guy for every team, but he seems to be the ideal player for the Saints. Now they just have to ask themselves if they’ve gotten all they could out of an aging Sproles. If the answer is yes, don’t be shocked if they pull the trigger on Thomas somewhere in the third or fourth round range in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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  • Home Creation

    The saints do not need to waste a draft on another running back at this moment. The Saints need to improve their offensive line and strategize a more balance play calling package. The 2009 Saints had and all pro offensive line and that is why the Saints ranked in the top 10 in rushing that year. This year that was not the case due to the poor blocking and pass protection from the line. Zach Streif should also be benched he is horrible in pass protection just watch the 2012 season and many games this season and you can see he is a casualty, besides he almost got Brees hurt seriously against the 49ers when Brooks blew by him and and almost broke Brees neck. Please start with the foundation….. an offensive line and then you can improve the running game. One other note, you live by substitution packages every play, you die by it also. Teams were able to predict when the Saints would run just by the constant substitutions (every play). It also takes players out of rhythm and it even minimizes the threat of J. Graham if he is on the bench. And there are many ways to get Graham open, how do you allow a defense to shut down one player the whole game if he is supposed to be so good. Payton missed a season and was a bit rusty on play calling, but you got to run quick screens to Jimmy especially since he lines up in a wide receiver spot anyway, keep him in motion or run him out the back field (be creative). No huddle offense,,, better audibles from the Quarterback. The Saints have too many weapons to be vulnerable in the running game or a particular player getting shut out. One more note Brees must reduce his turnover ratio concerning intercepts, and that is the big elephant sitting in the room.

    • Home Creation

      I Apologize for saying Zack Strief should be benched the other day. According to Federico Ferrari – Feb 27th, 2014 at 5:04 pm “NFL 1,000 right tackle Rankings” , Zach is ranked number one in the NFL this year ….. And he only had three sacks against him this year…..and he improved from being ranked 23 in 2012 to the best in the league this year. So with those improvements he made this year my hat goes off to you Zack and you deserve to start and lead the Saints at the right tackle position. ( please disregard my previous post about benching you , I am a lifelong fan and my passion just took over).

  • Al Martin

    if a bulk of the money goes to brees and graham then wats left to pay for top notch offensive linemen and/or wide receivers?