Michael Thomas primed for playoffs, fueled by doubters (1 Viewer)

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- If Michael Thomas isn't careful, he might run out of ammunition soon.

The New Orleans Saints receiver is fueled by doubters. He's propelled by an intense passion built up through a lifetime of being a late bloomer in high school, struggling early to get on the field at Ohio State and falling to the second round of the 2016 draft.

His teammates and coaches marvel at an almost maniacal drive that never lets up. Quarterback Drew Brees talks about how Thomas treats every rep in practice like a "Super Bowl rep." Coach Sean Payton recently told NFL.com that he felt like he got hit by a car when he made the mistake of standing in as the defensive back across from Thomas during a walk-through session.

But if he keeps living up to his nickname, "Can't Guard Mike" is going to run out of doubters soon.

Thomas was named a first-team All-Pro in his third NFL season after setting franchise records with 125 catches and 1,405 yards to go with nine touchdown grabs. And now he's got another chance to flex on the biggest of stages, as the No. 1-seeded Saints begin their playoff run Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles (4:40 p.m. ET, Fox) in an NFC divisional-round game. ...

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