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Michael Thomas

#2 WR,

Free Agent

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ACTUAL 2022

51 FPTS

RANK: 115

2023 SEASON

191 FPTS

RANK: 36

AGE

30 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'3'' / 212 lbs

COLLEGE

Ohio State

SEASONGPFPTSRANKTARGETRECPTREYDRETDREAVE
20231419136th10877850511
2022351115th2216171310.7
3yr Ave815347th8063721311.44

Becomes a free agent

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-13

Thomas (knee) is now a free agent, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

His contract was a bit confusing, with Thomas technically signed beyond 2024 but having some unusual bonuses that ensured his release. He's now free to sign with any team, having been cut loose by the Saints and designated as a post-June 1 release, per Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. There hasn't been any update on the knee injury that cost Thomas the final seven games of 2023.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

22.7
18.5
9.9

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTARGETSPREADO/UTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
1 @ATL Dome 77° 22.7 8th 4.54-6.042.58557211.410117%22025%17%0%83%
2 TB Dome 85° 18.5 19th 3.083.043.59665110.81010%50023%17%0%83%
3 @CAR Outdoor 69° 9.9 47th 1.98-2.540.5554909.8820%20013%17%0%83%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVEAIRYACDROP10+20+50+
Home Dome 4 43.01.436th8.35.0530.310.79.01.75%2.80.30.0
Away Outdoor 4 32.91.8212th6.35.5590.010.68.52.20%2.51.00.0
Away Retractable Dome 2 110.62.2216th9.57.0811.011.610.11.57%3.51.00.0

Career Stats by Season: 2016 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
2016 23 NO 15 12 256 7th121921,137912.4754%4818018%12%0%88%
2017 24 NO 16 14 259 6th1491041,245512.0843%5022028%19%0%81%
2018 25 NO 16 16 316 6th1471251,405911.2742%5317129%25%0%75%
2019 26 NO 16 15 375 1st1851491,725911.6844%7317033%25%0%75%
2020 27 NO 7 5 84 189th5540438011.0922%195011%22%0%78%
2022 29 NO 3 3 51 115th2216171310.7916%9205%17%0%83%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Will be cut soon

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-07

The Saints plan to release Thomas (knee) soon, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reports.

The structure of Thomas' contract all but guarantees he'll be released before March 13 when the new league year starts. He turned 31 a few days ago and has been with the Saints since they took him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but he's played just 20 games in four years since setting a league record with 149 receptions in 2019. Thomas averaged 117.5 catches for 1,378 yards and eight touchdowns over the first four seasons of his career, before an ankle injury Week 1 of 2020 started his run of misfortune. A knee injury cost him the final seven games of 2023, but there hasn't been any report of Thomas needing surgery.

Tallies 39 catches in 10 games

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-14

Thomas (knee) caught 39 of 64 targets for 448 yards and one touchdown in 10 games during the 2023 season.

Thomas struggled to stay on the field due to injuries for the fourth season in a row. The 30-year-old wideout appeared in double-digit games for the first time since his record-setting 2019 season, but he still missed the final seven contests of the year while on IR with a right knee injury. Thomas continued to put up similar numbers on a per-reception basis compared to the majority of his career, averaging 11.5 yards per catch. But, his overall production was curbed by the presence of Chris Olave, who has taken on a role as the Saints' No. 1 receiver since being selected in the first round of the 2022 Draft. Thomas finished with one fewer reception despite seeing nine more targets than the 2020 season when he played just seven games, and he has now come short of 500 receiving yards for the fourth year in a row. He will enter the final season of his five-year, $96.25 million contract, and he is currently set to cost about $12.4 million against the Saints' cap number in 2024.

Not ready to practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-03

Coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday that Thomas (knee) isn't ready to return to practice, Sean Fazende of Fox 8 New Orleans reports.

Thomas thus appears unlikely to be designated for return from injured reserve due to the right knee injury that he sustained Week 10 at Minnesota. The Saints are vying for a spot in the postseason, but if that doesn't come to pass, Thomas seems destined to finish this season with 39 catches (on 64 targets) for 448 yards and one touchdown in 10 contests.

Not practicing

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-27

Thomas (knee) isn't practicing Wednesday, Matthew Paras of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

It come as no surprise after coach Dennis Allen's comments Tuesday made it sound unlikely that Thomas would be back this week. The wideout has missed five games and is eligible to return from injured reserve at any point now.

Unlikely for Week 17

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-26

Saints head coach Dennis Allen was non-committal Tuesday about Thomas' (knee) status for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, though the expectation is that the wideout won't practice this week, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Thomas has already been sidelined for six weeks and has missed five games with the right knee injury he suffered in a Nov. 12 game against the Vikings, but the Saints haven't provided much of an indication that he's close to a return. The wideout was eligible to have his 21-day evaluation window opened last week, but the Saints didn't clear him to practice at any point, and he doesn't appear set to resume on-field work this week, either. With Thomas trending toward another absence, the Saints will be left with A.T. Perry, Keith Kirkwood and Lynn Bowden as their depth options behind starting wideouts Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed.

Won't have window opened Week 16

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-18

Thomas (knee) won't have his practice window opened prior to Thursday's game against the Rams, Mike Triplett of New Orleans.Football reports.

Thomas has spent the requisite four weeks on injured reserve, so his 21-day practice window can be opened at any point moving forward. The veteran wide receiver isn't ready to return yet, and coach Dennis Allen was unable to provide a return timetable for Thomas on Monday. After Thursday's game, the Saints won't play again until Dec. 31 in Tampa Bay.

Expected back this year

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-08

Thomas (knee) should be able to play again this season, according to Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football.

Thomas was injured Week 10 and placed on injured reserve after a Week 11 bye, officially ruling him out through Week 15. It sounds like the Saints expect him back at some point over the final three weeks of the regular season, though the calculus might change a bit if they continue to lose games and somehow fall out of the playoff hunt in a laughably weak NFC South. They were in first place at the time of Thomas' injury but have since slipped to a game behind the Falcons, who would be all but assured of having the upper hand for any division tiebreakers if they beat the Bucs this Sunday to move to 4-0 within the NFC South.

Heading to injured reserve

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-21

The Saints will placed Thomas (knee) on injured reserve, Brooke Kirchhofer of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Thomas sustained a knee injury on the Saints' opening drive in the team's last game Week 10 at Minnesota and wasn't able to return. Afterward, coach Dennis Allen called it a "fairly significant" issue, and following a Week 11 bye, Allen added that Thomas was "going to take some time" to get healthy, per John Hendrix of SI.com. Allen didn't specify whether or not Thomas would require a stint on IR, but now that'll come to pass. With Thomas sidelined, New Orleans' top wide receiver Chris Olave figures to have unfettered access to targets from QB Derek Carr (concussion), while Rashid Shaheed and rookie sixth-rounder A.T. Perry handle expanded roles.

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