1. Michael Thomas
The biggest absence on the field last year was definitely Michael Thomas, who was initially supposed to return midseason but then ended up missing the entire season. There was some drama behind all of this and it didn’t feel as though Thomas and the Saints were on the same page but fortunately, he’ll be back in 2022.
This should make a huge difference for Winston, as he didn’t have Thomas to throw to last year. Winston had to make throws to guys like Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey while Thomas was out and, as a result, the Saints’ offense wasn’t good.
Things were even worse when Winston went down. Had Thomas been available to play last year, it doesn’t feel as though the team would have gone on that five-game losing streak. Thomas hopefully would have been able to make a big play when the other weapons couldn’t pull through.
While it’ll be nice to have Thomas suiting up in the black and gold again, he hasn’t been healthy since the 2019 season so expecting him to be that guy again might be a stretch. New Orleans just needs him to be WR1-caliber though, not Offensive Player of the Year-caliber, though that would be nice.
The New Orleans Saints will benefit greatly from having these four ready to rock and roll this year.