Saints star wideout Michael Thomas is reportedly missing “Several weeks” with a high ankle sprain that leaves a major hole in their offense. Luckily for Saints fans, Sean Payton and Drew Brees have proven New Orleans to be factory for skill players. Thomas’ absence will force another star to be born and make this team even more unstoppable by playoff time.
#Saints star WR Michael Thomas' high-ankle injury is worse than originally believed, and he’s now expected to miss several weeks, sources tell me and @RapSheet.
Thomas is as tough as they come and surely will try to defy that timeline. But it'll be a battle.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 15, 2020
Beating the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers week 1 gives the team even more time to develop another go-to option. Emmanuel Sanders had just three catches for 15 yards, but he did find his way into the end zone week one. For a guy that’s averaged just under 890 yards/season the past two years, why couldn’t Sanders cement himself as another Drew Brees weapon?
Losing 149 catches and 1,725 yards of production is less than ideal, but it forces supporting players to step into new roles. By the time their star wideout returns, players will be ready if the team calls their name down the road. After all, most playoff teams win titles when supporting characters make unexpected contributions.
Hopefully everyone had Alvin Kamara on their Fantasy Football teams because it’s his time now. New Orleans never had trouble throwing to guys out the backfield as Kamara already saw eight targets week 1. That number can be expected to accelerate even further post Thomas-injury and we can assume more touches on the ground.
We really think the New Orleans Saints gave Kamara 5-years, $75 million if they thought he was a complimentary piece? They paid him like a star and he’s about to get star treatment in the Big Easy!
Should they be worried about seeding?
Sean Payton knows home field doesn’t mean a rip without fans in the stands, so he won’t care about seeding. Developing plan-b options for postseason games begins now and Drew Brees is more than qualified to get it done. Plenty media members will see the Michael Thomas injury as an opening for Tampa, but New Orleans will be unstoppable by season’s end.