Bleacher Report names Michael Thomas 'biggest emerging NFL star' at wide receiver
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By John Sigler

Everybody knows you Can’t Guard Mike, and now Bleacher Report knows it, too. In a piece put together by B/R staffer Maurice Moton, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was picked as the next big thing at his position. Here’s what puts him over runner-up JuJu Smith-Schuster:

Michael Thomas, former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson’s nephew, isn’t as outspoken as his uncle. However, the third-year wideout’s production speaks for itself. He’s put together consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to start his professional career and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2017.

It helps to catch passes from quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 70 percent of his throws in each of the last two seasons, but it takes a special talent to lead a team in touchdown receptions (third in the NFL) two years into his career. The Saints felt comfortable dealing Cooks to the New England Patriots last offseason, which allowed Thomas to emerge as the clear-cut No. 1 option at wide receiver.

New Orleans added wideouts Cameron Meredith and rookie third-rounder Tre’Quan Smith, but the newcomers shouldn’t have an effect on the chemistry between Thomas and Brees. The third-year pass-catcher’s targets may slightly drop, but he’s still in position to lead this team in major receiving...

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