But two days after carrying the ball four times for 12 yards in the Niners’ 17-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and five days after signing with the team, the 30-year-old Thomas was cut.
And the Niners signed relatively unheralded Travaris Cadet, 26.
“Well, they’re different backs,” Tomsula said. “Cadet’s shiftier. It’s just the style of play, kind of having a one-two type of thing. We’ve got some bigger guys and we’ve got some guys that, he just brought an element that I like.”
Cadet also brings another dimension as a potential kick returner. He averaged 25.9 yards on 50 returns for the Saints from 2012 through 2014.