The New Orleans Saints’ No. 1 wide receiver, Michael Thomas, may just be the National Football League’s most unstoppable receiver.
There’s no denying that the New Orleans Saints made the right move by locking Michael Thomas up this offseason.
Thomas agreed to a deal valued at $100 million over the next five years, and instead of playing like he’s content with his earnings, he’s playing like a hungry young receiver ready for more, and his numbers speak those volumes for him.
Playing in all seven of New Orleans’ games this season, Thomas has been the clear-cut No. 1 target for Brees and Bridgewater. As Who Dat Nation is well aware of, Brees went down against the Rams in Week 2. He eventually had surgery on his thumb and is planning to be back in Week 8.
In his absence, Bridgewater has utilized Brees’ favorite target, Michael Thomas. So far this season, Thomas has amassed 763 yards and is responsible for nearly half of Bridgewater’s 1,370 passing yards through his six game’s played.
Are you ready for this next stat? That 763 yards are 100 more than the second-place receiver, Chris Godwin, who has 762. Amari Cooper, D.J. Chark and Cooper Kupp round out the top-five receivers in terms of yardage.
That said, Thomas has just three touchdowns which are tied for 20th best among receivers. However, when we look to targets and receptions, Thomas is yet again among the best in the league.
Thomas’ 62 receptions are TEN more than the second-place Cooper Kupp. It doesn’t stop there though. He’s been targeted a league-high 78 times as well, just one more than the Rams’ Kupp. As we can see, Thomas catches a much higher percentage of his targets than Kupp.
That’s a trend that’s throughout the league and not just when we compare the two. Among the 17 receivers with over 50 targets, Thomas’ 79.5% completion rate is the highest. How isn’t Thomas widely considered the league’s best receiver?
Maybe he is and I just don’t hear it, but it seems like DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones get much more respect and are talked about far more than Thomas. But, if that’s true, from what we’ve seen, that makes no sense, right?
Thomas has clearly, in almost every tracked area, excelled. On this market, he’s easily worth the nine-figure contract he signed just a few months ago. He’s not just worth that money, but he’s also worthy of the title best receiver in the league.
That said, start putting respect on Thomas’ name.