New Orleans Saints
METARIE, La — Michael Thomas says there’s more.
So on Wednesday, in the New Orleans Saints’ locker room during media availability, when the receiver said, “I’m trying to top that,” and he was talking about his record-setting 2019 season, it was a mouthful, as the Saints prepare for the regular-season opener against the Falcons in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday in Atlanta.
Thomas barely registers the 2020 and ’21 seasons. He missed all of ’21 with ankle issues that stemmed from ’20, when he played in seven games with five starts, but clearly wasn’t the Michael Thomas who punished defenses in his first four NFL seasons, to the tune of 470 catches for 5,512 yards and 32 touchdowns, culminating with an NFL-record 149 catches for a team-record 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns in 2019, when he was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
“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.”