New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen made a comment on Wednesday that should scare Tom Brady and the rest of the NFC South.

Allen, who was speaking to reporters after the Saints’ joint practice with the Green Bay Packers, suggested that New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas looks like the old Michael Thomas.

You know, the one that dominated the NFL in 2019 by catching 149 passes for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns (the 149 receptions are still an NFL record for a single season, by the way).

“When I watch Michael Thomas out at practice, I see Michael Thomas that I saw pre-injury,” said Allen. “I see a big, strong, physical, wide receiver that makes a ton of contested catches. Look, I saw it in these practices…I see a guy that looks pretty good.”

Thomas missed nine games in 2020 and all of the 2021 season. As a result, he’s become somewhat of an afterthought.

The 29-year-old, however, has looked like his old self during training camp.

Various reporters, in fact, have raved about how he looks like the Thomas they saw in 2019.

A lot of folks seem to be penciling in Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as NFC South champions this season. And maybe that will be the case — the Bucs have a great team.

But sleeping on the Saints wouldn’t be a wise idea. This team has a great defense and one of the best groups of skill positions players in the NFL. I wouldn’t be surprised if New Orleans is the last team standing in the NFC South in 2022.

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