Opinions Article

Michael Thomas Eases The Loss Of Brandin Cooks

Micheal Thomas banner image, Micheal Thomas runs into end zone 2017

The days of rookies needing time to adjust to the NFL is beginning to become a myth. Michael Thomas became one of those players to take the league by storm. He was supposed to come in to the New Orleans Saints and play opposite side of the field of receiver Brandin Cooks. Instead, Thomas took the entire offense over.

Thomas has been the most consistent player on offense aside from Drew Brees. His twitter handle is @cantguardmike, and boy did Michael Thomas live up to the name.

Michael Thomas truly carries himself like he’s the best and everyone takes notice. He works hard and always is trying improve his craft. He has an uncanny ability to separate from defenders on short, intermediate and deep routes.

On average he gained 2.38 yards of separation per target on the year. He has the most consistent Saints receiver. Cooks was young, explosive and great player, however they gain a better option in Thomas.


Mike isn’t as fast as Brandin but he was successful when given the chance to run deep routes. Look for him to open up and work downfield a little more while still running slants, and curls to keep defenders honest.