In an interview with SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas spoke with hosts Maurice Jones-Drew and Mike Dempsey on Wednesday about his first four professional games.
Thomas was asked about the chemistry formed between him and quarterback Drew Brees, to which he responded, “I feel like he’s just the ultimate example of a great quarterback in the NFL. If you want to play receiver and you want to play for a long time, you want a guy like him behind center.”
Thomas added, “And when the game’s on the line in crunch time, you want to have him behind center. He just makes tremendous decisions and always helps this team.”
The former Ohio State product leads the Saints with 21 receptions through the first four contests, and has 229 receiving yards (3rd) to show for along with two touchdown grabs (T-1st). Thomas is also second on the team in targets (31), and has 88 yards after the catch (YAC). It doesn’t stop there for Thomas’ praises, as he’s accounted for 12 of the team’s 67 first downs (18 percent) this season, which is only second behind Willie Snead (13).
“I just go in every week with a new game plan trying to get better and develop and be better than I was last week.”
Thomas attributes long-term success to his ability to continue building and transitioning well to enhance his routine. He also praised running back Mark Ingram as a great teammate and player on the field, pointing out that he’s a good receiver for the team, especially in space.
Thomas isn’t worried about the dreaded ‘rookie wall’ that players can face with an early bye week, and the Saints have stressed the importance of being a professional, having a routine, taking care of his body, and relaxing when possible.
“After getting that first win, I’m pretty excited to get back to work. I’m ready to win some more ball games.”
You can listen to the interview via SoundCloud here if the interview doesn’t play automatically.