Michael Thomas

New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #13
New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #13
Photo: Icon Sportswire


Age 28
Birthdate March 3, 1993
Height 6'3"
Weight 212 lb


College Ohio State
Year 2016
Pick Round: 2, Overall: 47
Team NO

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Michael Thomas: Could require another procedure

Saints head coach Sean Payton acknowledged Wednesday that Thomas could require another procedure for his left ankle, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. "I think this isn't anything he can control," Payton said when asked about the wideout's potential need for surgery, after Thomas announced earlier Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he wouldn't play this season.

Analysis: Payton said that Thomas had been "working his tail off" to return at some point during the second half of the season after spending the first eight weeks of the campaign on the reserve/PUP list, but those hopes were dashed after the three-time Pro Bowler recently experienced what Ian Rapoport of NFL Network described as "a new and separate" injury to the same ankle. Thomas initially injured the ankle early Week 1 of last season and proceeded to miss the next six games, only to aggravate the injury coming out of Week 13. He returned for the playoffs, but he didn't look to be in top form before ultimately opting for surgery in June to repair multiple ligaments in the ankle after rest and rehab didn't resolve the matter. In light of his latest setback, the prospect of another procedure clouds the long-term outlook of Thomas, who will turn 29 in March and has yet to get integrated in the New Orleans offense during the post-Drew Brees era.

Nov. 3, 2021 10:09 AM EST

Player Stats

YEAR TM GM Receiving Rushing
2016 NO 16 92 121 76.0 1,137 9 12.4 0 0 0 0 2
2017 NO 16 104 149 69.8 1,245 5 12.0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 NO 16 125 147 85.0 1,405 9 11.2 0 0 0 0 2
2019 NO 16 149 185 80.5 1,725 9 11.6 1 -9 -9.0 0 0
2020 NO 13 40 55 72.7 438 0 10.9 1 1 1.0 0 0

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Michael Thomas Biography


Childhood and high school

Michael Thomas, who is was born on march 3, 1993 in Los Angeles, California. He attended high school at Woodland hills. One of his biggest highlights was during his senior year, where he led the state with one thousand six hundred fifty six yards. That same year, he also scored twenty one touchdowns.


Thomas began his college football career at Ohio State in 2012 where he played in eleven games, but he only ran twenty two yards. He was redshirted his scheduled sophomore year, and he began his second season of play in 2014 as a backup. However, he wouldn't have to wait long before he was promoted to a starting position to go on to end the season with nine touchdowns and the team lead

in receptions with fifty four for seven hundred ninety nine yards. In January 2016, he announced his intent to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints a few months later.

NFL Draft

Despite a projection of being picked in round two or three during the NFL Combine, there was a of forward thinking optimism regarding his NFL career. His height, weight, and speed made him perfect for the position. He also had a strong vertical push that would intimidate even the strongest of cornerbacks. However, the agents also noted that he would be easily intimidated by the more aggressive cornerbacks.

2016 NFL season

Thomas was drafted for his rookie NFL season with the New Orleans Saints on April 29, 2016 when he signed a four year contract with $2.6o million guaranteed salary. He started in the 2016 season against Oakland Raiders. The season ended on a good note with him setting team records in for a rookie in touchdowns, receiving yards, and receptions.

In fact, Thomas has had such a successful first season that many are questioning why he was not higher up in the draft picks. He quickly learned to work well with the quarterback. Aside from the season ending records, another highlight during the season was running one hundred fifty four yards against the 2017 Super Bowl qualifiers, Atlanta Falcons.

Another question many are asking is why Thomas was not on the Pro Bowl roster. The lack of promotion is being chalked up to politics.

Personal Life

He is the nephew of NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson. Beginning in his college career, Houston Texans star, DeAndre Hopkins mentored him. Follow Michael Thomas on Twitter here.