Michael Thomas Sets Saints Rookie Records in 3 Receiving Categories

January 17, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas finished the 2016 regular season with the team's franchise rookie records for receptions (92), receiving yards (1,137) and receiving touchdowns (nine), per NFL Communications.
Thomas led all rookies in each of the three receiving categories as well. While he couldn't have joined a more pass-friendly organization, the Ohio State product earned his playing time and looks, receiving a team-high 122 targets on the campaign.
Although the Saints didn't finish the 2016 season as planned, going 7-9 and missing the playoffs, the offense wasn't at fault for the struggles. New Orleans led the league in total offense (426.0 yards per game) and Drew Brees threw for a league-high 5,208 yards.
The team's leaky defense was its biggest downfall. The defensive unit allowed 375.4 yards per game (sixth-worst) and 28.4 points per contest (second-worst), placing it near the bottom of the league overall. Injuries early on may have inflated some o...

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