Alejandro De Los Rios / New Orleans Saints
The unstoppable force meets an immovable object is the most accurate way to describe a match up between Michael Thomas and Marshon Lattimore. Thomas and Lattimore continue to battle at camp, which Thomas says “makes each other better.” Coming into his third season in the NFL, Michael Thomas has a legitimate chance to make a case as the best wide receiver in the league. In his first two years as a professional, Thomas reeled in NFL record 196 receptions. Thomas’s route running and use of his hands off the line is as good as it gets, and lining up across Lattimore for three weeks will only make him better. Michael Thomas finished 2017 with 104 receptions and 1,245 yards.
Marshon Lattimore is looking to repeat an extremely impressive rookie campaign. Lattimore gave up 0 touchdowns in 2017, and picked up a touchdown himself vs the Lions in Week 6. Lattimore finished the season with a 53% catch rate allowed, compared to Michael Thomas’s 69.8% catch rate. Thomas primarily spent his time on the outside, only lining up in the slot 12.9% of the time. Lattimore only spent 2.9% of his snaps in the slot, meaning the Thomas vs Lattimore matchup is mimicking real game experiences. As a rookie, Lattimore managed to finish as the 4th best CB according to PFF. Michael Thomas finished the 2nd ranked out of wide receivers. Iron sharpens iron, and when the 4th best CB and 2nd best WR are constantly going head to head, the iron is going to be pretty damn sharp.