The New Orleans Saints and Michael Thomas seem to have put all their bad blood behind them and are starting the 2022 season on a strong note.
Ever since he got hurt in 2020, Thomas encountered setback after setback with his nagging ankle injury, and his relationship with the Saints franchise strained when he essentially “ghosted” the team for a majority of the 2020 offseason.
One successful surgery later, Thomas is ready to make an immediate impact in the Saints’ offense and hopefully return to his elite 2019 form.
Saints head coach Dennis Allen said on The Rich Eisen Show:
"“We feel good about what Mike’s done in the rehab process. There’s still a few hurdles that we’ve got to climb, with any of our guys that had any injuries they’re trying to get back from.”"
The season is still many months out, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say the entire Saints offense hinges on Michael Thomas’ successful recovery.
New Orleans Saints and Michael Thomas are finally on the same page in 2022
In an ideal world, both Thomas and rookie Chris Olave would start as WR1 and WR2 respectively, and Thomas’ and Olave’s Ohio State roots should foster even more chemistry between the two wideouts on the field.
With Jameis Winston starting under center, the Saints have a much more promising offense than they did last year, but if Thomas goes down, NOLA may end up back where they started.
So far, all signs point to Thomas recovering to full health in 2022, and Thomas himself is staying active on social media and hyping up his own return. The 2019 MVP may not be as dominant as he once was, but there’s no question he’s the most dangerous weapon for NOLA.
Thomas nearly broke ties with the Saints last offseason, but here’s hoping the rest of his recovery is drama-free.
After their failed Deshaun Watson pursuit, the Saints don’t need any more controversy on their hands.