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The New Orleans Saints are bracing for the return of an elite receiver.
Michael Thomas participated in 11-on-11 drills for the primary time in virtually two years Saturday.
Thomas has been out for the reason that tail finish of the 2020 season with an ankle harm, and he suffered a setback through the 2021 season.
Head coach Dennis Allen stated Thomas is gaining confidence within the energy of his ankle.
“Actually, there was a few instances he ended up on the bottom,” Allen stated, through ESPN.
“That is all a part of the method in constructing that confidence. I believe he is in a very good mindset proper now. I believe he seems to be good bodily. I am enthusiastic about the place he is at.”
Thomas led the NFL in catches in 2018 and 2019, setting the NFL report for many receptions in a season (149) in 2019. He additionally led the NFL with 1,729 receiving yards that season and was named the Offensive Participant of the 12 months.
In each of his four NFL seasons, Thomas totaled a minimum of 90 catches and 1,100 yards, with each of these numbers growing by the yr. He is averaged 118 catches, 1,378 yards and eight touchdowns per season.
He performed in simply seven video games in 2020, and he final performed Jan. 17, 2021 within the NFC Divisional Spherical in opposition to the eventual Tremendous Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Thomas didn’t take part in OTAs in June however has been training, though restricted, for the reason that first day of coaching camp.
The Saints will open the season in Atlanta against the Falcons, and Thomas must develop a rapport with quarterback Jameis Winston. Thomas final performed when Drew Brees was nonetheless the Saints’ QB.