Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is back. He is as healthy as he has been at any point in the past few seasons. Coaches and players are very impressed with him in training camp so far. His injuries from the past two seasons don’t seem to be hindering him at all, and ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson wants people to remember the talent that Thomas possesses for the Saints.
.@keyshawn is tired of the Michael Thomas disrespect 👀
“As far as the talent goes, he is certainly a top 10 talent at the receiver position!” pic.twitter.com/D1A18wVcUr
— First Take (@FirstTake) August 9, 2022
Can Michael Thomas be a top ten WR again?
Johnson believes that Michael Thomas is certainly still a top ten wide receiver. The last time we saw a healthy Thomas, he was undoubtedly a top ten player at the position. In 2019, he had one of the greatest seasons in NFL history for a wide receiver. Thomas compiled 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns on 149 catches for the Saints.
Now, it is difficult to ever project that type of season again. That being said, this year’s Saints offense will be more vertical than the one in 2019. It is possible that Thomas will stretch the field more often than in past seasons. On the other hand, there are better WR weapons around him. Rookie Chris Olave and veteran Jarvis Landry will eat into his production to a degree, but a healthy Michael Thomas will still put up impressive numbers.
As far as talent goes, Thomas is as polished as any other WR in the league when healthy. His drop rates are among the best in the NFL since he entered the league, and he can be a threat at every level of the field. He may not be in the same category as Stefon Diggs or Davante Adams as a route runner, but he is still a force in that area as well.
Reports from Saints training camp have said that the connection between him and QB Jameis Winston has been a strong one, too. ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson could get proven right if Thomas is back to his normal self in 2022.