Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL since coming into the league in 2016. Everything changed in Week 1 of the 2020 season with a little under two minutes in the fourth quarter.
Thomas suffered an ankle injury that caused him to miss nine games. After failing to get ankle surgery earlier in the off-season, and a setback midseason he missed the entire 2021 season.
Now that Thomas is back, he’s on a mission. He wants to take back his spot as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. With his passion, skills, and determination Thomas is poised for a comeback of epic proportions.
Currently, WynnBET has given Thomas +900 odds to be named Comeback Player of the Year, trailing Derrick Henry, Jameis Winston, Deshaun Watson, and Daniel Jones.
Here are three reasons why Michael Thomas will be the Comeback Player of the Year in 2022.
3. More focused than ever
If you follow Michael Thomas on social media you will see that he is chomping at the bit to get back out on the field.
He has not taken a meaningful snap in nearly 500 days. Thomas has had an opportunity to watch a whole new crop of receivers like Justin Jefferson, and JaMarr Chase becomes some of the best receivers in the game. Not to mention guys that he has competed with for the top spot among wide receivers like Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill continue to solidify themselves as well.
Watching this for nearly two seasons is more than enough to motivate Thomas to bring his A-game. To help people remember, the last time he played a full season in 2019 he had 149 catches, which was an NFL record, and helped him win the Offensive Player of the Year award.
Thomas has always played the game with a chip on his shoulder. This year I see him using that chip as motivation — to show that when someone mentions top-tier receivers, they don’t forget about him.
Also, there are two really good receivers joining him this season — Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry. These two guys can be number one receivers on any NFL team and will push him every single day at practice. We know iron sharpens iron. More on the added help here shortly.