Former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas has signed with the San Francisco 49ers, to help them out with their recently injury stricken running back dilemma, according to reports.
The 49ers have signed the back today after a successful tryout with the team, and we should receive an indication later this week whether or not he will be starting this weekend against the Atlanta Falcons.
This gives the NFC West reliable cover in the position which has been hit by injury recently, as Carlos Hyde (foot) and Mike Davis (hand) are out injured alongside Reggie Bush, who is out for the season after slipping on the concrete in St Louis against the Rams last weekend.
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The news of Thomas' signing with the 49ers was announced first on twitter by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, although the team hasn't officially announced it themselves as of yet.
During his time with the Saints, Thomas helped the side win a Super Bowl in the 2009 season and overall, ran for 3,745 yards and 28 touchdowns while averaging 4.6 yards per carry throughout his eight years with the team. A reliable pass catcher too, he has caught 327 career passes for 2,608 yards and 12 touchdowns.
He led the team in rushing in three of the eight years he was there but was eventually beaten out of the starting job at the NFC South side by Mark Ingram.
Having a good reliable asset in the backfield will be good for new starting quarterback of the 49ers Blaine Gabbert, who recently won the starting gig after Colin Kaepernick was benched.
The backfield at the 49ers this weekend against the Falcons will be Thomas, Shaun Draughn and Kendall Gaskins. Gaskins knows the playbook, but Thomas has the experience, so it's tough to call who will receive the starting nod.