By C.D. Carter | NBC Sports Edge
I have tried for days to concoct a way to overstate Michael Thomas’ domination of the Saints’ passing offense.
I have failed. There is no way to overstate it.
The Saints’ passing offense isn’t just centered on Thomas, who will miss the early portion of the regular season while recovering from June ankle surgery, He is the team’s passing offense. He’s accounted for an astounding 32 percent of the Saints’ targets in his 23 regular season games since the start of the 2019 season. Forty-one percent of the team’s air yards belong to Thomas over that stretch -- the highest rate in the league over the past two years. Thomas has 128 -- one hundred and twenty-eight -- more receptions than any other Saints wideout and has accounted for 47.6 percent of the team’s receiving yardage over that span.
Thomas’ early-season absence opens up opportunity unlike any scenario in the league, besides, maybe, Davante Adams missing time for Green Bay.
We’ll soon learn -- maybe this week, maybe not until the middle of August -- how long Thomas will be sidelined. Are we talking a couple weeks? A month? A half season? Saints beat writer Nick Underhill reported last week that Thomas could be out as long as the season’s first six weeks. ...
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