The New Orleans Saints opened Training Camp on July 27th, inching closer to the NFL regular season. Saints fans were pleased to find one of the top wide receivers in the NFL is back on his feet and ready to compete—Michael Thomas’ return. According to Saints senior writer John Shazier, Thomas was removed from the PUP list and on the field participating in elements of practice (not team drills) on the first day. However, today he was running smoothly, showing no sign of favoring the surgically repaired left ankle that hampered his 2020 season and obliterated his 2021 season.
“It’s a blessing to be out there with the guys. . . to just be out there to perfect my craft and compete and to help [Dennis Allen] win some games.”
Back 💪@Cantguardmike #Saints pic.twitter.com/XVEj15p7M7
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) July 27, 2022
The significance of his return
With Thomas’ return, the Saints have a legitimate chance to become a Super Bowl caliber team once again. Thomas can create openings wherever he touches with his ability to detect the ball at any given moment. In 2019, Thomas had 1,725 yards on 149 receptions and averaged 11.6 yards per carry. The Saints ended the season with 13 wins and three losses.
Since his injury, the Saints went 12-4 in 2020 and 9-8 in 2021. Without their star receiver, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took control of the NFC South. Ultimately, New Orleans couldn’t find a wild card spot, therefore missed the playoffs.
Now, the Saints could bring a fearing playoff team that could excel in the next few years. When healthy, Thomas is a problem on the field and will prove his ability to succeed.
“Everybody loves somebody that comes back from adversity. I feel like a lot of people in this world can learn from that,” Thomas said. He entered Saints training camp appearing comfortable and explosive, which is arguably what his tweet’s interpretation was:
Y’all favorite fantasy doctor lied 🤥 #unfollow
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 27, 2022
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