Seven years into his career, New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas still feels like a "secret weapon." "One of the most complete backs I’ve ever had the pleasure to play with," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said of Thomas, crediting him for his abilities as a runner, receiver and pass-protector. "He certainly does not get the credit he deserves around the league. Yet there’s not a guy that’s respected more in this locker room than Pierre." The statistical service Pro Football Focus has always recognized Thomas’ overall value. It has Thomas graded as the fourth-best running back in the NFL this year – and he finished ranked among the top four in 2009, 2011 and 2012 as well.