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Dennis Allen Gives Review of Michael Thomas at Saints Practice So Far

Devon Platana
Head coach Dennis Allen has given a review of WR Michael Thomas at New Orleans Saints practice so far.
Head coach Dennis Allen has given a review of WR Michael Thomas at New Orleans Saints practice so far. / AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

The New Orleans Saints hope to begin Dennis Allen's head coaching career on a strong note when the 2022 NFL season begins next month. If the Saints are going to remain competitive in the NFC South, they're going to need a fully healthy Michael Thomas — something they haven't had in two years.

The good news is that all reports indicate that Thomas has looked like himself at Saints training camp. In fact, Allen even told reporters on Wednesday that the 2019 Offensive Player of the Year has "looked outstanding" at practice thus far.

Michael Thomas Injury Update

Though he hasn't been a full participant just yet, Thomas has been able to suit up for seven-on-seven drills. Allen plans to ramp up the 29-year-old's workload as time goes on, intending to get him fully working out with his teammates sooner than later.

With four straight 1,100-plus-yard campaigns to begin his NFL career, Thomas cemented himself as one of the game's premier wideouts. Unfortunately, an ankle injury cut his 2020 campaign short before a setback following surgery to address the issue forced him to miss all of 2021.

Fortunately, Thomas told reporters last week that he's "very confident" that he can fully recover and return to form. The Saints would love that considering that he pace his peers in receptions (149) and receiving yards (1,725) in his last full-length campaign in 2019.

Thomas could also thrive this year now that he has rookie Chris Olave and veteran WR Jarvis Landry to take some pressure off his shoulders. If the former Ohio State wideout can work out some reliable chemistry with quarterback Jameis Winston, opposing defenses should beware of New Orleans' No. 13.

Saints NFC South Odds

Before the Saints can worry about challenging for Super Bowl LVII, they must handle their division rivals first. For now, New Orleans has +350 odds to win the NFC South on FanDuel Sportsbook, trailing only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-270).

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