It’s been a while since New Orleans Saints fans saw a fully healthy Michael Thomas tear it up on the field.

After missing all of the 2021 season and only playing seven games in 2020, Thomas, according to New Orleans’ head coach Dennis Allen, is starting to look like himself.

“He looks good out there. He looks like he’s rounding back into form,” Allen said following practice on Monday. “There is still a progression we are going through, but he’s incorporated himself into team drills. You see physical contact happening out there and he continues to line up. I like where he’s at.”

What Thomas means to the Saints’ offense

Any news of Thomas’ elongated return to the game is a good thing for New Orleans. Without him in 2021, the Saints ranked lasted in the NFL in receiving yards (3,437) — worse than teams like the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants.

Having a healthy Thomas could lift the Saints’ passing attack to competent heights. Along with praise from Allen, Thomas’ steps forward have drawn interest from the national media.

On Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network said on The Pat McAfee Show that Thomas looked “awesome.”

He didn’t want to blow things out of proportion, but he couldn’t help his excitement regarding the Saints’ former first-team All-Pro wide receiver.

The Saints bolstered their receiving corps this offseason by drafting Chris Olave and signing Jarvis Landry in free agency. And yet, the return of Thomas is the offense’s biggest addition.

When he’s healthy, Thomas is a game-changing player. In 2019, he hauled in 149 passes for 1,725 yards.

It seems like the more time that passes, the more positive the reports are surrounding Thomas. Hopefully, for the Saints, he’ll be back to making plays on the field by the time Week 1 rolls around.

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