John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com
A wise, learned observer saw the one-on-one drill between receivers and defensive backs during New Orleans Saints training camp, and jokingly remarked, “That’s birds fighting.”
Hilarious, and possibly true, about 98 percent of the time.
Submerged within that other two percentage points is the rare receiver who plays with a clenched fist instead of an open hand. The guy who is schooled on the finer points of playing his position – like splits, depth and precision – but who also is interested in the physical domination aspect of the sport. The guy who can be poetry in motion on one play, and a wrecking ball on the next.
If Michael Thomas, the Saints’ record-setting third-year receiver, isn’t the most physical receiver in the NFL, it won’t take long to find his name on the list.
“You’ve got to ask some of these DBs but I feel like if we throw on the film, it can get into a fight,” Thomas said. “If we have to fight it out, we’ll fight it out. How ever we have to play, I’ll play it.” ...
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