New Orleans Saints: Could Michael Thomas be the best receiver ever?
Thomas and his accolades
From his rookie season, it was no secret that Michael Thomas was going to be a special player. Despite playing alongside Brandin Cooks, Thomas managed to finish his rookie campaign with 92 receptions, 1,137 yards, and 9 touchdowns.
Considering Cooks went on to become a high-value target in free agency the offseason following that season, Thomas’ production in that rookie year is impressive.
Thomas has not dropped off a bit since his impressive debut. His number of receptions and yards have steadily increased over the past three seasons.
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Now, only entering his fifth season in the league, Thomas has led the league in receptions twice and yards once. Many factors have undoubtedly helped those statistics, but the production and efficiency of Thomas’ game are undeniable.
Through four seasons, Thomas has collected a plethora of accolades. He has the record for most receptions by a player through in the first four seasons in the league. Thomas is also the receiver to reach the mark of 400 career receptions in only 56 games.
In fact, his reception numbers in his young career are so historic that he is one of only two players ever to have more than one season with over 125 or more receptions. The only other player who has done this is Antonio Brown.
Plus, Thomas is hardly ever seen dropping a pass. For as many targets as Thomas has sent his way, drops are a rarity to see for the wideout. Just last season, Thomas had his streak of caught passes without a drop snapped at 198.
That’s an absurd record and his drop rate is up there with the best in the league like Deandre Hopkins.
All in all, Thomas has cemented himself as a potential great of our time. He has his name in the record books with the likes of Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, but what about all-time?