Michael Thomas
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Thomas in 2018
Personal information
Born: (1993-03-03) March 3, 1993 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Taft
(Woodland Hills, California)
College:Ohio State (2012–2015)
Position:Wide receiver
NFL draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
Career highlights and awards
NFL record
  • Most receptions in a season: 149
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receptions:565
Receiving yards:6,569
Receiving touchdowns:36
Player stats at PFR

Michael William Thomas Jr.[1] (born March 3, 1993)[2] is an American football wide receiver who is a free agent. He played college football for Ohio State and was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. Thomas holds the record for the most receptions by a player in a single season with 149 in 2019. He led the league in receptions in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, while also leading the league in yardage in the 2019 season. He was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2019.

Early years

Thomas attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California.[3] As a senior, he had 86 receptions for a state-leading 1,656 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Toreadors football team.[4] Thomas was ranked by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit.[5] He committed to Ohio State University to play college football.[6] Thomas attended Fork Union Military Academy for a year after high school and was roommates with fellow Ohio State teammate Cardale Jones.[7]

College career

Thomas in 2012

Thomas played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2012. He had three receptions for 22 yards in the 2012 season.[8] As a sophomore in 2013, Thomas was redshirted.[9]

Thomas entered his redshirt sophomore season in 2014 as a backup, but eventually took over as a starting wide receiver.[10][11] He ended the season leading the team in receptions with 54 for 799 yards and nine touchdowns.[12] In the National Semifinals against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, he had seven receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in the victory.[13]

In the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship victory over Oregon, he had four receptions for 53 yards.[14] In the 2015 season, he had 56 receptions for 781 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns.[15] On January 5, 2016, he announced his intention to enter the 2016 NFL draft.[16]

College statistics

Season Team GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2012 Ohio State 11 3 22 7.3 11 0
2013 Ohio State 0 Redshirt Redshirt
2014 Ohio State 15 54 799 14.8 79 9
2015 Ohio State 13 56 781 13.9 50 9
Total 39 113 1,602 14.2 79 18

College awards and honors

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
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 1.53 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[23][24][25]

2016

See also: 2016 New Orleans Saints season

Thomas was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round with the 47th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.[26] He was the sixth wide receiver to be selected that year.[27]

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.[28][29]

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.[30] 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.[31] 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 yards in a 21–27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.[32] 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.[33] On November 27, Thomas caught nine passes for 108 yards and tied his season-high of two touchdown receptions in a 49–21 win over the Los Angeles Rams.[34] In the regular season finale against the Falcons, he had 10 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown in the 38–32 loss.[35] During his rookie season, Thomas set franchise records for a rookie in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.[36][37]

2017

See also: 2017 New Orleans Saints season

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.[38] He was named to his first Pro Bowl.[39] He finished the season with 104 receptions for 1,245 yards and five touchdowns.[40] 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.[41] Thomas appeared in his first career playoff game on January 7, 2018, against the division rival Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card Round. He recorded eight receptions for 131 yards in the 31–26 win.[42] In the Divisional Round against the Minnesota Vikings, he had seven receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the 29–24 loss.[43] He earned a Pro Bowl nomination for his 2017 season.[44] Thomas was ranked 81st by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[45]

2018

See also: 2018 New Orleans Saints season

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.[46] The 16 receptions were the most by any player for the 2018 season for a single game.[47] 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.[48] In Week 3, he added 10 receptions for 129 yards against the Falcons. His 38 receptions through the first three games were the most in NFL history.[49]

Prior to a Week 9 matchup against the Rams, Thomas engaged in an online feud with ex-Saints receiver Brandin Cooks following his departure.[50][51] The Rams entered the matchup with an undefeated 8-0 record. During the game; 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 in an effort to simultaneously taunt the Rams,[52] which drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and he was later fined $30,000 by the league office.[53] Horn said he "teared up" at the gesture and bought Thomas' jersey, despite this; numerous players on the Rams sideline were enraged by the gesture; notably Rams' then-cornerback Marcus Peters.[54][55][56][57] This Week 9 performance earned Thomas National Football Conference (NFC) Offensive Player of the Week.[58]

In Week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys, Thomas recorded his 90th catch of the season, joining Odell Beckham Jr. as the only players in NFL history to record at least 90 receptions in their first three seasons.[59]

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.[60] He also set the Saints franchise record in receiving yards, passing Joe Horn's 1,399 yards set in 2004.[61] He was named to his second straight Pro Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro.[62] He was ranked 13th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.[63]

Thomas and the Saints later rematched against the Rams in the controversial 2018 NFC Championship Game. Thomas played exceptionally poorly, making 7 catches for only 36 yards as the Saints' comeback was cut short by a controversial hit during the fourth quarter.[64] During a critical play in overtime, the score was tied 23-23 as Brees attempted to target Thomas for a crucial pass to keep their drive alive. Brees was charged by Rams' defensive end Dante Fowler as he threw the ball to Thomas, who was promptly beaten to the catch by Rams' safety John Johnson who mockingly celebrated Thomas' "horse-saddle" as a retaliatory action for his gesture earlier in the season.[65][66] The Rams managed to kick a field goal, winning the game. Thomas later attacked the Rams and the no-call during his postgame interview telling reporters; "As Far as next year? we're going back, and we're coming back with revenge for sure. I saw exactly what you saw, that was pass interference".[67]

2019

See also: 2019 New Orleans Saints season

Thomas (center) after a Week 2 loss to the Rams on September 15, 2019

On July 31, 2019, Thomas signed a five-year, $100 million contract extension with $61 million guaranteed with the Saints. This made Thomas the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL at the time.[68]

During the season-opener against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football, Thomas caught 10 passes for 123 yards in the narrow 30–28 victory.[69] The Rams and Saints would meet again in Los Angeles during the week 2 matchup which saw Thomas perform better in comparison to the prior matchup, as he caught 10 receptions for 89 yards as the Rams blew out the Saints 27-9.[70][71] Following the game, Thomas was later seen at midfield crying on the turf.[72] Thomas rebounded strongly the following week against the Seattle Seahawks, as he caught five passes for 54 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season in the 33–27 road victory.[73] During Week 5 against the Buccaneers, he caught 11 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints won 31–24.[74] During Week 7 against the Chicago Bears, Thomas caught nine passes for 131 yards in the 36–25 road victory.[75] In the next game against the Arizona Cardinals, he caught 11 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in the 31–9 victory.[76] During Week 10 against the Falcons, Thomas finished with a season-high 13 catches for 152 yards as the Saints lost 26–9.[77] During Week 11 against the Buccaneers, he caught eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in the 34–17 win.[78] Thomas was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for his play in November.[79] In Week 14 against the 49ers, Thomas caught 11 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in the 48–46 loss. During the game, Thomas set a new Saints' record for receiving yards in a single season.[80] In the next game against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, Thomas caught 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown during the 34–7 win.[81] In Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans, he broke the single-season receptions record formerly held by Marvin Harrison with his 144th catch of the season, followed by a one-yard touchdown catch for his 145th, while the Saints won on the road by a score of 38–28.[82]

Thomas at the 2020 Pro Bowl

Thomas finished the season with an NFL record 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns.[83] In the NFC Wild Card Round against the Vikings, Thomas caught seven passes for 70 yards during the 26–20 overtime loss.[84] Thomas was named to the Pro Bowl and earned First Team All-Pro honors.[85][86] On February 1, 2020, Thomas was awarded AP Offensive Player of the Year for his performance during the 2019 season, becoming the first wide receiver to win the award since Jerry Rice in 1993.[87] He was ranked fifth by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020.[88]

2020

See also: 2020 New Orleans Saints season

In Week 1 against the Buccaneers, Thomas recorded three catches for 17 yards before exiting the game due to a high ankle sprain.[89] Thomas was set to return to action in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, but on October 11, 2020, Thomas was declared inactive for the game by the Saints after he punched teammate C. J. Gardner-Johnson in practice.[90][91] Thomas was also fined $58,823 by the team for the incident.[92]

Thomas made his return from injury in Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football. During the game, Thomas led the team with five catches for 51 yards during the 38–3 win.[93] In Week 11 against the Falcons, Thomas recorded nine catches for 104 yards during the 24–9 win. This was Thomas' first 100-yard receiving game of the season.[94] He was placed on injured reserve on December 19, 2020, due to the lingering ankle injury.[95][96] He was activated on January 9, 2021.[97]

In the Wild Card Round against the Bears, Thomas recorded five catches for 73 yards and his first touchdown reception of the season during the 21–9 win.[98] He was ranked 72nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2021.[99]

2021

See also: 2021 New Orleans Saints season

On July 23, it was revealed that Thomas had undergone ankle surgery in the past month. He was placed on the PUP list three days later.[100] On November 3, it was announced Thomas would not return during the 2021 season due to a setback with his ankle injury.[101]

2022

See also: 2022 New Orleans Saints season

Thomas returned from his injury in Week 1 against the Falcons, where he caught five passes for 57 yards, and two touchdowns in the 27-26 comeback win.[102] Thomas recorded another productive game in Week 2 with six out of nine receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown in a 20-10 loss to the Buccaneers.[103][104] During a Week 3 matchup against the Panthers, Thomas exited the game early with a foot injury and went on to miss multiple weeks before being placed on injured reserve on November 3, 2022, ending his season.[105]

2023

See also: 2023 New Orleans Saints season

On January 7, 2023, Thomas and the Saints agreed to restructure his contract which saw his base salary in 2023 drop from $15.5 million to $1.165 million.[106] On November 12 in a Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thomas suffered an unknown knee injury after taking a hard hit on the first offensive play and was sidelined for the rest of the game. The Saints put him on the injured reserve on November 21.[107] In the 2023 season, he appeared in ten games. He finished with 39 receptions for 448 yards and one touchdown, which came in Week 7 against the Jaguars.[108]

On March 13, 2024, Thomas was released by the Saints.[109]

NFL career statistics

Legend
AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year
NFL record
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year 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 2 2
2017 NO 16 14 104 1,245 12.0 43 5 0 0
2018 NO 16 16 125 1,405 11.2 72 9 2 2
2019 NO 16 15 149 1,725 11.6 49 9 1 -9 -9.0 -9 0 1 0
2020 NO 7 5 40 438 11.0 24 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 0 0
2021 NO 0 0 Did not play due to injury
2022 NO 3 3 16 171 10.7 21 3 0 0
2023 NO 10 7 39 448 11.5 31 1 0 0
Total 83 72 565 6,569 11.6 72 36 2 -8 -4.0 1 0 5 4

Postseason

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
2018 NO 2 2 16 207 12.9 42 1 0 0
2019 NO 1 1 7 70 10.0 20 0 0 0
2020 NO 2 1 5 73 14.6 38 1 0 0
Total 7 6 43 566 13.2 46 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

NFL records

Saints franchise records

Personal life

Thomas is the nephew of former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.[119][120][121]

Thomas is a Christian.[122]

Legal troubles

November 10, 2023, Thomas was arrested on misdemeanor charges of simple battery and criminal mischief. It was revealed that Thomas was involved in an altercation with a man doing construction work and allegedly threw a brick at the windshield of a truck, leading to his arrest. He was released from jail on the same night.[123]

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