Michael Thomas on his 2022 goal: I’m trying to top 2019

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Michael Thomas had one of the greatest seasons for a receiver in NFL history in 2019 with 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. He has 40 catches for 438 yards since, becoming mostly an afterthought in a what-have-you-done-lately league.

Is it possible Thomas returns to his pre-injury level this season? He certainly thinks so.

I’m trying to top (2019),” Thomas said, via the team website.

Much has changed since Jan. 17, 2021, when Thomas last played a game. Drew Brees was the Saints’ quarterback then and Sean Payton the coach. Now, Jameis Winston is the quarterback and Dennis Allen the coach.

Twenty months later, after two ankle surgeries, the Saints receiver is starting over.

“At the end of the day, the one thing I’ve learned is that the game does not change,” Thomas said. “There might be new players that come in; there might be new coaches; the game doesn’t change.

“It’s all about creating separation, getting open, making the play, competing, being physical, and those things I take pride in. Those things I work on every day, so I like my chances when the ball comes or when my number is called, making that play and taking advantage of every opportunity. Just being locked in, I feel like the sky is the limit. I feel like — I don’t want to give anything away — but I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. I believe in my talent. I just believe in myself. I believe in my game. I believe in my craft. I feel like the good thing about this game is you can put it on display on Sunday, and I can’t wait to put it on display.”

Thomas had a limited practice Wednesday as he recovers from a hamstring injury and is on track to return Sunday.

6 responses to “Michael Thomas on his 2022 goal: I’m trying to top 2019

  1. 2019 was three years ago, which is an eternity in pro football, almost the length of the average career. The chances of him repeating that with Jameis Winston as his QB rather than future Hall of Famer Drew Brees are almost nil.

  2. Priority needs to be getting on and staying on the field, and don’t turn into a locker room cancer.

  3. When the Saints handed him that big, heavy contract it pulled a muscle in his brain and he has avoided responsibility ever since. I wonder if he will ever stay on the field long enough to catch more that 50 balls in a season.

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