Saints top wide receivers continuing summer shine in joint practices

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
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While there is a lot to be excited about with the 2023 New Orleans Saints, one position group has been shining brighter than all recently for the Saints.

It's safe to say that any nation that surrounds the New Orleans Saints are giddy with glee waiting for the 2023 season to finally kick off. The Saints had a strong performance against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs pretty much across the board.

Now that we're in the thick of joint practices with the Saints next preseason opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers, there is one position group that has been standing out above all others.

There is always a cloud of uncertainty surrounding Michael Thomas, pretty much ever since he eclipsed Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison's single-season catch mark. Nobody ever knows how often he'll be on the field, whether it be due to health or otherwise. That said, there is no denying that Thomas is still a total stud at the wide receiver position, and he's showing it this summer.

Thomas looked crisp in his routes during week one of preseason, but during practice reps against the Chargers, Thomas has been make mincemeat of that very talented secondary. Dare we say, he's starting to look like his old self? We can't POSSIBLY imagine that thought coming back and backfiring.

Elsewhere, we have Chris Olave. The second-year poised to set the league on fire after he was, what many felt was robbed, for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in favor of his college teammate at Ohio State, and fellow wide receiver, Garrett Wilson of the New York Jets. It's clear that Olave isn't messing around this year, and doesn't even know the meaning of "sophomore slump." Olave had a very strong showing in OTAs, and has been called the MVP of training camp so far, and he's looking like he's been hitting the gym hard this summer.

The top two wide receivers are showing out, and we haven't even scratched the surface with other youngsters like Rashid Shaheed who is poised for a breakout season, and A.T. Perry who is looking like the real deal as a rookie.

We still have a bit to go, but we're closer every day to the start of the 2023 NFL regular season. There's plenty reason for excitement for the New Orleans Saints and their fans, but if what we've seen from Derek Carr and now his new receivers are any indication, we may be in for a fun season.

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