Pierre Thomas running ahead of Mark Ingram

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Saints RB Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles have been receiving the vast majority of the snaps with the first-team offense during these last three weeks of workouts and practices. Thomas, predictably, tallied most of the carries when comparing Sproles' workload as a traditional running back with Sproles wearing different hats depending on the play called.

Mark Ingram is lining up with the second unit. It's a different direction from the way Saints Coach Sean Payton used Ingram in the past. Ingram received the most carries of any running back during his rookie season with Payton on the sideline, and the trend continue last season with Payton sitting in exile.

Fantasy Impact: 

This could be a sign that the team is ready to give Pierre Thomas (career 4.8 YPC) the keys to the running game with Ingram (3.9 YPC) acting as the backup. YPC isn't everything, but these two players have played in the same offense behind the same offensive line and Thomas has gained almost a yard more per tote than Ingram.

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