After all, he started his career with four 1,000-yard seasons, including his breakout 2019 campaign wherein he led the league with 1,725 yards to go with nine touchdowns.
Those numbers were enough to win him that season’s Offensive Player of the Year honors and his second First-Team All-Pro selection.
But since then, his numbers have gone down due to an ankle injury.
Initially, his camp thought that the injury would heal naturally.
However, it was late when they found out that surgery was needed.
The late reaction forced him to sit out the Saints’ 2021 campaign.
After missing out on the majority of the last two seasons, Thomas is back stronger than ever, according to Saints head coach Dennis Allen.
#Saints HC Dennis Allen on WR Michael Thomas: "When I watch Michael Thomas at practice, I see the Michael Thomas that I saw pre-injury. I see a big, strong, physical, receiver that makes a ton of contested catches. I saw it in these practices. I see a guy that looks pretty good."
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 17, 2022
The former Saints defensive coordinator said, “When I watch Michael Thomas at practice, I see the Michael Thomas that I saw pre-injury. I see a big, strong, physical, receiver that makes a ton of contested catches. I saw it in these practices. I see a guy that looks pretty good.”
That’s not a good soundbite for the rest of the league, especially their rivals in the NFC South.
A Menacing Receiving Corps For New Orleans
With Thomas back in shape, he will be the primary option for Jameis Winston in the Saints’ pass attack.
But he’s not the only viable target because the team also has Jarvis Landry, who signed a one-year deal.
They also selected Chris Olave in round one of the 2022 NFL Draft.
There’s also versatile running back Alvin Kamara, who can be a threat as a receiver.
With these wideouts in place, the Saints are hoping for great things this season.