Michael Thomas has been a thorn in the side of the Buccaneers for years now, and it’s nice to see him finally do the same to the Saints.
Regardless of your view on Thomas or his system, it is hard to ignore that he does what the Saints ask him to do to the letter. Thomas was likely single-handedly responsible for extending Drew Brees’ career in New Orleans, and Teddy Bridgewater also got a starting job off of Thomas’ skillset.
The slant jokes have become low-hanging fruit at this point, and Thomas is undeniably one of the best receivers in the NFL when healthy. Two seasons ago, Thomas put together one of the best seasons by a receiver of all time, and two games against the Bucs played a role in padding those stats.
Fortunately, Thomas may end up doing more damage to the Saints in 2021 than he does to the Bucs.
Despite his unreal talent and some of the best hands in the NFL, Thomas can’t do much to help the Saints when he’s on the sideline.
According to an article by Jeff Duncan, the Thomas-Saints relationship is souring quickly. In what should’ve been a straightforward injury and recovery process, Thomas’ inability to communicate with his team has created a scenario where he can miss a decent chunk of the regular season in 2021.
To make matters worse, Thomas has taken to social media to complicate things further. It appears as though the All-Pro receiver is upset how his team is portraying Thomas’ role in the recent predicament.
Regardless of who is right or wrong in the situation, it’s clear that Thomas and the Saints are in a precarious spot. The lack of communication is perhaps a sign of more significant issues that are going on behind closed doors, and that is nothing but good news for the Buccaneers.
As the Saints make a change to a new quarterback and try to turn the page after years of playing fast and loose with the cap space, the absence of one of the best receivers in the NFL will hurt substantially.
It goes without saying that the Buccaneers should remain the runaway favorites to win the NFC South this year.
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