Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 74%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 7.6%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 2.0
Durability: question mark 5

Medium Risk

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Michael Thomas Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

-After finishing as the clear WR1 in 2019, 2020 was a forgettable year for Thomas. He tallied 55-40-438-0 in only 7 appearances.

-He wasn’t healthy at all during the season. It started with a Week 1 high ankle sprain. He missed the next 4 games before sitting out Week 5 for disciplinary reasons. (Thomas fought with a teammate at practice.)

-Then came a hamstring tweak at practice. He sat out the next 2 games.

-Thomas, 27, stayed on the field until Week 14, when another ankle injury shut him down for the regular season. He returned to record 5-73-1 in 2 postseason games (all in the Wild Card Round vs. Chicago).

-Thomas underwent early offseason ankle surgery. HC Sean Payton said the team is still monitoring the ankle, while Thomas (as of June) is still getting treatment.

-Taysom Hill started 4 games in place of an injured Drew Brees. In those, Thomas saw a 32.4% target share. His per game averages: 9.25 targets, 7.5 catches, 85.7 yards, 0 TD.

-From catch rate to yards after catch to yards per route run, Thomas’ numbers slumped across the small sample. Clearly, injuries played a huge role.

-The Saints will hold a QB competition between Jameis Winston and Hill in training camp. While Hill started each game in place of Drew Brees last year, our money is on Winston as the Week 1 starter. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has called Winston the favorite.

-Thomas, who’s dominated on slant routes with Brees, will almost certainly see an accuracy downgrade. Per Larry Holder of The Athletic: Winston’s catchable ball percentage on slants dropped from 80% in ’18 to 61.1% in ’19.

-Winston, who underwent lasik eye surgery last offseason, at least has a full year in HC Sean Payton’s system.

-No matter who’s under center, Thomas projects for high volume. Our numbers have him at 159 targets — 5th-most league-wide.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

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Michael Thomas Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 21, 2020 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Thomas sustained a hamstring injury in practice ahead of Week 7 game. He missed two games because of this injury
Sep 13, 2020 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain during Week 1's win over the Buccaneers. He missed a couple of weeks due to this injury
Dec 4, 2016 NFL Pedal Foot Sprain Thomas missed Week 14 with an unspecified foot injury suffered sometime in Week 13. (He played that whole game.)
Mar 15, 2015 Non-NFL Inguinal Groin Sports Hernia Thomas dealt with a nagging groin injury through the January playoffs and then had sports hernia surgery. He was ready to start the 2015 season.