Michael Thomas wins Offensive Player of the Year
The New Orleans Saints were unable to advance to the Super Bowl in 2019 but they’ll be happy to know that one of their players was rewarded for his efforts. Ahead of Saturday night’s NFL Honors show, Michael Thomas has been announced as the winner of the Offensive Player of the Year award.
The most receptions ever in one season.
Michael Thomas is the 2019 Offensive Player of the Year! @cantguardmike
— NFL (@NFL) February 1, 2020
Due to the NFL typically giving the MVP award to a quarterback, it’s fitting that Thomas wins the Offensive Player of the Year award. Aside from Lamar Jackson, not many players can say they had a better season than Thomas.
The former second-round pick finished the 2019 season with 149 reception for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. Not to mention that Thomas’ 149 catches in 2019 surpassed Marvin Harrison’s single-season record.
In addition, Thomas set the NFL record for most receptions by a player in his first four seasons (470). Along with those records, the Saints’ No. 1 wideout also recorded his fourth straight one-thousand-yard season.
What was most impressive about Thomas’ 2019 campaign was that he was the only reliable wide receiver for New Orleans. Therefore, opposing teams would gameplan a variety of ways to slow him down. But in the end, not many teams were able to contain him through the air.
Aside from Thomas, the wide receiver with the most receptions on the team was Ted Ginn. Ginn only managed to corral 30 receptions for 421 yards and two touchdowns.
Sometimes the Offensive Player of the Year award is given to the same player that wins the NFL’s MVP trophy. But with Jackson likely being the MVP, Thomas will have to settle for another prestigious award.