Thomas took 35 snaps in the opener compared to 32 combined for Ingram and Robinson. However, the majority of Thomas' snaps cam on passing downs -- he had just seven carries.
"Last year, I did some of that when Sproles went down," said Thomas, per The Times-Picayune. "They knew I was capable of that. I know the system being here longer (than most). I know what I'm doing out there. They know I have (good) hands. I sold that last year, so I'm stepping up the plate. So no matter what they throw at me, I'm stepping up to that challenge."
Thomas ran 24 routes and was targeted seven times for 58 yards last week, per Pro Football Focus. He rated as PFF's No. 1 receiving back in Week 1.
Thomas might be listed third on the backfield depth chart this season, but the veteran's production in the multidimensional Saints' offense isn't plummeting.