Michael Thomas, the Saints’ leading receiver, joined four other superstar NFL players in Madden 21’s 99 Club. Two of the five are in the NFC South.
The New Orleans Saints went a stellar 13-3 last season. While not all of it was due to Michael Thomas’ eruption as the league’s best receiver, most of the team’s offensive production can be traced back to the former Ohio State standout.
Taken in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Thomas signed a huge nine-figure extension the summer before the 2019 season. Then, he decided to show New Orleans that they made the right decision with what was arguably the best single-season performance in league history.
Thomas totaled 149 receptions which broke Marvin Harrison’s single-season record.
He also led the league in receiving yards. While his high usage did help, being the only real threat on the edge for an elite offense, Thomas’ instincts and speed were oftentimes just too much for opposing defenses.
The 27-year-old was awarded a spot in the 99 Club.
He was the last announced player as quarterback Patrick Mahomes, running back Christian McCaffrey, defensive end Aaron Donald and cornerback Stephon Gilmore were also given a 99 overall ranking.
Thomas led all receivers in the newest rendition of the game; we know that. What we also know is that the NFC South totaled three of the top-eight receivers. Chris Godwin didn’t even make the list that noted Julio Jones at No. 3 and Mike Evans at No. 8.
A pivotal player in last year’s offense, Thomas will retain his spot as the team’s best receiver, obviously. What he will likely see though is a dip in those insane numbers as the team added former 49ers No. 1 receiver, Emmanuel Sanders.
Thomas will still be dominant. The numbers may not reflect it, but the superstar receiver will only be getting better.