He will be a big factor in helping the squad return to the playoffs.
Once he is back to full health, he could be as devastating as any wideout in the league.
Before he suffered a lingering ankle injury, he was the league’s Offensive Player of the Year after finishing with 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns.
Since then, he has only played seven games in two seasons and entirely missed their 2021 campaign.
For a while, it looked like Thomas was ready to go for the squad that selected him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
However, ESPN’s Field Yates shared a somewhat concerning update about the former Ohio State standout.
When asked if today was a rest day for WR Michael Thomas, Saints coach Dennis Allen said “No. Mike is dealing with a little bit of a hamstring.”
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 21, 2022
Yates tweeted, “When asked if today was a rest day for WR Michael Thomas, Saints coach Dennis Allen said, ‘No. Mike is dealing with a little bit of hamstring.'”
That update could either be alarming or not depending on the injury’s severity.
The tricky thing about hamstring injuries is that they can be recurring.
Just when the player thinks that he is okay, the pain could come back.
Still, it looks like the Saints won’t risk the chances of him getting another injury before the regular season starts.
The Saints Need Thomas
Without the two-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler, the Saints won’t have a big target downfield.
Sure, they will still have Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave as starters.
However, their dynamic would be totally different with Thomas on board.
Having a deep threat like him will also open up more gaps and routes for versatile running back Alvin Kamara.
Likewise, Jameis Winston would have an easier time in finding someone open.