Oct 5, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson (29) runs as Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner (21) pursues during the first quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints will have to make do without Pierre Thomas for the next two weeks or so while he recovers from his shoulder injury against Detroit.
The injury is not coming at the right time for the Saints as Thomas had been a consistent piece of an otherwise inconsistent offense.
With Thomas down, Ingram will likely share more balanced playing time running the ball with running back Khiry Robinson with a little bit of Travaris Cadet getting mixed in.
Some believe that Cadet will become the running back most likely to take on the pass-receiving running back role that Thomas regularly operated in.
I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Cadet may be the best receiving option out of the backfield but he also serves an important role on special teams.
The Saints have had a slew of injuries despite returning from their bye week recently and will play it safe and not feature Cadet as Thomas’ replacement.
Instead, I expect the Saints to focus on running the ball effectively and utilizing screens to Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson.
Neither feature Thomas’ rare combination of balance and speed, but they can still be effective. Ingram can be more of a dual-threat runner and receiver out of the two.
The short passing game might not be too effective against Green Bay anyway. Packers pass rushers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews are smart players who can sniff out backs going out for the pass.
The duo wreaked havoc on Carolina’s offensive line last week and forced five consecutive three-and-outs in the opening half.
The Pakcers are ranked 31st against the run and that is where running back Khiry Robinson will become a factor. He provides a second-helping of power and toughness in the running game that the Packers won’t be able to swallow.
Robinson is the more effective rusher and has the best chance of being productive against a worn out defensive front.