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Saints’ Michael Thomas ‘Going to PREPARE YOURSELF to Go’ for Week 1, Dennis Allen Says

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THE BRAND NEW Orleans Saints are banking on having wideout Michael Thomas for the beginning of the standard season.

“Once the ball begins for real, Mike Thomas will likely be all set, and we’re worked up about that,” head coach Dennis Allen told reporters Tuesday.

Thomas, 29, missed the entirety of the 2021 season with a left ankle injury and didn’t take part in the team’s preseason opener Saturday contrary to the Houston Texans.

In early August, he returned to 11-on-11 drills for the very first time because the 2020 season.

“Honestly there is maybe once or twice he finished up on the floor,” Allen told reporters at that time. “That’s all area of the process in building that confidence. I believe he’s in an excellent mindset at this time, I believe he looks good physically. I’m worked up about where he’s at.”

And Thomas has been pretty happy merely to be back practicing with the team again.

“Man, I’m sort of lost for words,” he told reporters in late July. “I didn’t desire to appear here and obtain emotional or anything. Nonetheless it was a blessing to be back on the market with the people.”

“After all, even the entire year that I played [a total of nine games in 2020], I was playing injured, and I was still sort of helping this team win games and move the chains. And I was clearly using one ankle,” he added. “I’m just pleased to be trending now in the proper direction and handling my business. … And I take pride for the reason that challenge.”

When healthy, Thomas was a receptions machine and a three-time Pro Bowler. He posted at the very least 1,100 receiving yards in all of his first three seasons and 100 or even more receptions for three straight years between your 2017-19 campaigns, culminating within an epic performance in 2019 (149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns).

However the injury bug bit in 2020, and today the question is whether Thomas can ever go back to the proper execution that made him among the game’s best receivers & most dangerous offensive weapons.

If he does, the trio of Thomas, Jarvis Landry and rookie Chris Olave will make the Saints very dangerous through the air.

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