Saints’ Michael Thomas, 90 OVR: Well, this is a surprise
Saints wideout Michael Thomas received a 90 overall rating from Madden despite barely touching the ball for the last two years so yeah, we’re scratching our heads a bit.
The 2019 Offensive Player of the Year absolutely went haywire when he recorded a league-high 149 catches for 1,725 receiving yards three years ago, but… that was three years ago.
Thomas has dealt with a nagging ankle injury since then and will hopefully make a triumphant return to the field this season. His 90 grade nonetheless puts him in the top-10 group of wide receivers, tied with Amari Cooper and just below Keenan Allen and Terry McLaurin.
Consider me extremely shocked.
Thomas beat out other elite wideouts like Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf, and Ja’Marr Chase, which probably means Madden doesn’t place a high emphasis on injury/ missed time in their ratings (that would explain why McCaffrey is still ranked so high in 2022).
No on can deny Thomas was at the peak of his abilities back in 2019, but he’s now several years removed from touching a football and will be playing with a very different supporting cast this year.
I love seeing Saints players ranked in the 90s, but I do feel like Thomas doesn’t quite deserve this score.