New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas makes the list as the 72nd player in NFL Network’s top-100.
Thomas takes quite a tumble from the fifth overall position he was placed in 2020. But after an injury-riddled 2020 regular season wherein he caught only 40 catches for 438 yards and no touchdowns, a drop of any kind isn’t completely surprising.
Compound that with the negative attention he’s received over the course of the offseason and it may be good news that he still lands on the list at all. But the difference here is that his talent is undeniable.
Being one of the quickest NFL receivers to reel in 500 career passes doesn’t just happen.
.@CantGuardMike recorded his 500th career reception in his 69th career game, becoming the quickest player to reach that mark in NFL history, surpassing Anquan Boldin and Julio Jones (80 games)— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 15, 2021
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“You don’t break an NFL record by accident, right? He’s one of the engines that fuels their (the New Orleans Saints) offense.”
The Washington Football Team has young star receiver of their own in Terry McLaurin who understands Michael Thomas’s ability. McLaurin, a former Buckeye himself, mentions that watching Thomas at the line of scrimmage is “almost like a fight” and praises the sixth-year receiver’s aggressiveness.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to face Thomas twice a season in the NFC South (sometimes thrice), so they know better than most how hard it is to deal with the 6-foot-3, 212 pounder. Linebacker Lavonte David acknowledge as such in the NFL Network special.
“Can’t let him get going. If they (the Saints) get him going, it’s going to be a long day for us.”
New Orleans will unfortunately have to start the 2021 season without the 2018 offensive player of the year, but when ever he’s able to return, you can expect that he’ll continue to be that engine for the Saints offense.
Head coach Sean Payton quickly gleaned some good news for Saints fans when asked about Michael Thomas’s being with the team in Baltimore when he mentioned that the receiver was “ahead of schedule” following his surgery. Obviously the Saints would like to have their star player and number one option in the passing game on the field sooner rather than later.
Especially with the ascension of young wideout Marquez Callaway waiting to take the field with him.
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