New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has dealt with a series of injuries since racking up a career-high 1,725 receiving yards in 2019.
However, he now appears to be dialed in as he prepares for a potential comeback season. In April, Thomas posted a video on social media of himself deadlifting 530 pounds. On Monday, he posted another deadlift video, but this time the 30-year-old managed to lift 575 pounds for five reps.
The former Ohio State standout also took a moment to address his critics. “They were hatin(sic) on 530×1 mid April so go 575×5 go smoke that,” Thomas wrote in an Instagram Story post.
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Thomas’ 2022 campaign started well, with the star receiver scoring three touchdowns through the first three games of the season. However, injuries sidelined him for the remaining 14 games of the regular season.
Thomas was on the practice field earlier this month for minicamp.
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Thomas has only dressed for a total of 10 games in the past three seasons.
Thomas will likely transition into a leadership role with the team as 2022 first-round draft pick and Buckeyes standout Chris Olave enter his second NFL season.
Undrafted wide receiver Rashid Shaheed had 488 receiving yards last year and is also set to start his second season in New Orleans.
Thomas seems to have accepted his role as mentor.
«We’re like the ‘Big Three,'» Thomas told NOLA.com earlier this month. «Or whatever. I wouldn’t say ‘Big Three’ because we have other receivers and everyone who has to contribute will contribute.»
«But those are two rookies I’ve taken under my wing and been involved with.»
Thomas signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the Saints in March. He said he was confident he would stay in New Orleans and also said he was «involved in the process of bringing veteran quarterback Derek Carr to the team.
«I always knew it was going to be here,» Thomas said. «I knew he would be the receiver. I knew our priorities for the offseason were to get a quarterback and put some pieces around us. So I was always involved.»
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«He wants to win like I want to win,» Thomas said of Carr. «He’s just very disciplined. He’s on top of his stuff. He came here for a reason. That’s the same kind of confidence I hear in his voice: he came here for a reason, he came here to win.»