Michael Thomas Made Statement In Performance Against Bucs
Even without Drew Brees, Thomas is an elite receiver
Michael Thomas faced press coverage on 22 of 35 routes against the Buccaneers, catching all 9 of his targets for 164 yards and 2 TD.@Cantguardmike has gained 4.6 yards per route against press coverage this season, best in NFL (min. 40 routes vs press).#TBvsNO | #Saints pic.twitter.com/yBWg2Kmkxh— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 6, 2019
Heading into Week 5, it was clear that Michael Thomas was still adjusting to Teddy Bridgewater under center. While he still put up solid numbers with Bridgewater throwing him the ball, he didn't have the eye-popping performances that he consistently produced with Drew Brees at the helm.
But that changed against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, as Thomas hauled in 11 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 31-24 New Orleans Saints victory.
Michael Thomas stepped up in a major way for the #Saints today, with 11 catches for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns.— SaintsNOW (@SaintsNOW) October 6, 2019
His thoughts? “It was time ... I have to be that guy to make people miss. I have to catch the ball. I have to score the points. That’s what they have me here for.” pic.twitter.com/uFFH4HoKxN
The 4-1 Saints travel to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6 and Thomas will look to carry the momentum into that contest.