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Michael Thomas (wide receiver, born 1993)

Michael William Thomas Jr. (born March 3, 1993)[1] is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State University. Thomas holds the NFL record for the most receptions by a player through his first three seasons, with 321. Thomas led the league in receptions in the 2018 season.

Michael Thomas
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Thomas with Ohio State in 2012
No. 13 – New Orleans Saints
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-03-03) March 3, 1993 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:William Howard Taft
(Woodland Hills, California)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2019
Receptions:341
Receiving yards:3,999
Receiving touchdowns:23
Player stats at NFL.com

Contents

Early yearsEdit

Thomas attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California.[2] As a senior, he had 86 receptions for a state-leading 1,656 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Toreadors football team.[3] Thomas was ranked by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit.[4] He committed to Ohio State University to play college football.[5] Thomas attended Fork Union Military Academy for a year after high school and was roommates with fellow Ohio State teammate Cardale Jones.[6]

College careerEdit

Thomas played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2012. He had three receptions for 22 yards in the 2012 season.[7] As a sophomore in 2013, Thomas was redshirted.[8] Thomas entered his redshirt sophomore season in 2014 as a backup, but eventually took over as a starting wide receiver.[9][10] He ended the season leading the team in receptions with 54 for 799 yards and nine touchdowns.[11] In the National Semifinals against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, he had seven receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in the victory.[12] In the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship victory over Oregon, he had four receptions for 53 yards.[13] In the 2015 season, he had 56 receptions for 781 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns.[14] On January 5, 2016, he announced his intention to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.[15]

College statisticsEdit

Season Receiving
G Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2012 11 3 22 7.3 11 0
2014 15 54 799 14.8 79 9
2015 13 56 781 13.9 50 9
Total 39 113 1,602 14.2 79 18

[16]

College awards & honorsEdit

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 34 in
(1.90 m)
212 lb
(96 kg)
32 18 in
(0.82 m)
10 12 in
(0.27 m)
4.57 s 1.63 s 2.63 s 4.13 s 6.80 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine[17][18]

On April 29, 2016, Thomas was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round (47th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[19] He was the sixth wide receiver to be selected that year.[20] On May 9, 2016, the Saints signed Thomas to a four-year, $5.11 million contract with $2.60 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.92 million.[21][22]

2016 season: Rookie yearEdit

The Saints named Thomas one of their starting wide receivers, along with Brandin Cooks, for the season opener against the Oakland Raiders. He finished his first NFL start with six receptions for 58 yards.[23] On September 26, 2016, he caught his first NFL touchdown on a three-yard pass from Drew Brees during the second quarter of a Monday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Thomas finished the 45–32 loss with seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown.[24] On October 23, 2016, he had his first game with over 100 receiving yards after he finished with a season-high ten receptions for 130 receiving yards in a 21–27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.[25] During a Week 9 road game against the San Francisco 49ers, Thomas caught two touchdowns and made five catches for 73 yards, as the Saints routed the 49ers by a score of 41–23.[26] On November 27, Thomas caught nine passes for 108 receiving yards and tied his season-high of two touchdown receptions in a 49-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams.[27][28] In the regular season finale against the Atlanta Falcons, he had 10 receptions for 156 yards and a receiving touchdown.[29] During his rookie season, Thomas set franchise records for a rookie in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.[30][31]

2017 seasonEdit

In his second season, Thomas came into the year as the Saints' number one receiver after Brandin Cooks was traded to the New England Patriots.[32] He was named to his first Pro Bowl.[33] He finished the season with 104 receptions for 1,245 yards and five touchdowns.[34] His 104 receptions finished third in the NFL, and his 196 receptions in his first two seasons in the league were the most in NFL history, passing Jarvis Landry's 194 set in 2015.[35] Thomas appeared in his first career playoff game on January 7, 2018, against division rival Carolina. He recorded eight receptions for 131 yards in the 31–26 win.[36] In the Divisional Round against the Minnesota Vikings, he had seven receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the 29–24 loss.[37] Thomas was ranked 81st by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[38]

2018 seasonEdit

In the season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thomas caught a franchise-record 16 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown, breaking the century-mark for the fourth time in his career and eclipsing 200-career receptions.[39] The 16 receptions were the most by any player for the 2018 season for a single game.[40] The next week, he scored twice more with 89 yards on 12 catches in a 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns. With his 12 receptions, Thomas set an NFL record for the most catches in the first two games with 28, the record previously held by Andre Rison with 26 set in 1994.[41] In Week 3, he added 10 receptions for 129 receiving yards against the Atlanta Falcons. His 38 receptions through the first three games were the most in NFL history.[42]

In Week 9 against the Los Angeles Rams, Thomas had 12 catches for a franchise-record 211 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown. Upon scoring, Thomas paid tribute to former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn by recreating his famous cell phone touchdown celebration,[43] which drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Horn said he "teared up" at the gesture and bought Thomas' jersey.[44] This Week 9 performance earned Thomas NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[45]

Thomas finished the season with 125 receptions for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns. He led the league in receptions and finished sixth in the league in receiving yards.[46] He also set the Saints franchise record in receiving yards, passing Joe Horn's 1,399 yards set in 2004.[47] He was named to his second straight Pro Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro.[48]

2019 seasonEdit

On July 31, 2019, Thomas signed a five-year, $100 million contract extension with $61 million guaranteed with the Saints. This made Thomas both the highest paid wide receiver and the first non-quarterback offensive player to sign a $100 million contract in NFL history.[49] In week 1 against the Houston Texans, Thomas caught 10 passes for 123 yards in the 30-28 win. [50]

NFL statisticsEdit

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2016 NO 15 12 92 1,137 12.4 46 9 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 2
2017 NO 16 14 104 1,245 12.0 43 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2018 NO 16 16 125 1,405 11.2 72T 9 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 2
2019 NO 2 2 20 212 10.6 24 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 49 44 341 3,999 11.7 72T 23 0 0 0.0 0 0 4 4

PostseasonEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2017 NO 2 2 15 216 14.4 46 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 NO 2 2 16 207 12.9 42 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 4 4 31 423 13.6 46 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

NFL recordsEdit

  • Most receptions by a player through first two games of a season: 28
  • Most receptions by a player through his first two seasons: 196
  • Most receptions by a player through his first three seasons: 321

Saints franchise recordsEdit

  • Most receptions in a game: 16 (September 9, 2018, vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Most receiving yards in a game: 211 (November 4, 2018, vs Los Angeles Rams)
  • Most receptions in a season by a rookie: 92 (2016)[51][52]
  • Most receiving yards in a season by a rookie: 1,137 (2016)[53][54]
  • Most receiving touchdowns in a season by a rookie: 9 (2016)[55][56]
  • Most receptions in a season: 125 (2018)[57]
  • Most receiving yards in a season: 1,405 (2018)[57]

Personal lifeEdit

Thomas is the nephew of former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.[58][59][60]

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