All that said, this shouldn't be seen as an indictment of Thomas or a sign of impending doom. Thomas still appears to be the man to inherit the pass-catching role once held down by Darren Sproles.
"He's one of the best screen runners there is, ever," Brees said during the first week of training camp. "He does such a great job of timing, setting up his blocks, just hitting those seams and hitting the sidewalk. He does a phenomenal job at it."
Thomas has well-rounded skills and is a perfect fit for the offense. He might not get as many carries as last season, but he'll still have a role -- potentially a big one.