Almost all of the talk surrounding the top overall pick heading into the NFL Draft has had to do with Kyler Murray, but New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas seems to think the Arizona Cardinals would be making a mistake if they select the Heisman Trophy winner.
On Monday, Thomas took to Twitter to share his opinion of who he believes is the best player in the draft. He’s a huge Nick Bosa fan.
Nick Bosa is the best player in the draft stop playing. He has been and still is.
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) April 22, 2019
Most mock drafts have Bosa going second overall to the San Francisco 49ers, and it would be a surprise if the former Ohio State defensive end fell any further than that. Even if the Cardinals take Murray at No. 1, that may be more about the type of fit they feel he will be in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense rather than believing he is the best overall player available.
Bosa’s older brother Joey instantly became one the best pass-rushers in the NFL when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers, and Nick is expected to enjoy the same level of success. In the event that Arizona decides not to draft Murray (and that is looking like more of a possibility), Bosa would be a strong possibility if they decide to keep the pick.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans may think they don’t need Antonio Brown because they already have a top wide receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster, but one of the best players in the NFL at the position does not think it will be nearly that simple.
Shortly after Antonio Brown took to Twitter on Tuesday to bid farewell to Steeler Nation, Thomas shared his thoughts on how Pittsburgh might look without the seven-time Pro Bowler. The New Orleans Saints star does not think it will be pretty.
If @AB84 really leaving man Pittsburgh about to be funny looking next year The truth always come to the light pay attention. He opened up everything for the passing game and still got his.
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) February 12, 2019
There’s certainly some truth to that. You could argue that Brown became the 1B to Smith-Schuster’s 1A in 2018, but A.B. still hauled in 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a whopping 15 touchdowns. The double-teams he demanded on certain plays helped open things up for Smith-Schuster, and it will be extremely difficult for the Steelers to replace that in their offense.
Brown remains under contract with the Steelers despite his farewell message, so he is probably just trying to force the team’s hand. It’s safe to assume Pittsburgh executives want to trade him because of how big of a headache he has become, but they’re not going to give him away.
You think the Saints and city of New Orleans are over the NFC Championship Game? Not even close.
A few Saints players sent tweets while watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, and their saltiness was evident.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas said the Rams would have to score more than three points, which they didn’t:
Y’all better score more then 3 points in that new stadium
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) February 4, 2019
Ted Ginn Jr. trolled Los Angeles, saying they better not cry.
Don’t cry now LA
— Ted Ginn Jr (@TedGinnJr_19) February 4, 2019
One of the worst blown calls in league history kept the Saints from playing in the Super Bowl against the Patriots, while the Rams went instead. New Orleans will never forget that call, and seeing the Rams get held to three point in their place probably stings even more. So do comments like this from Nickell Robey-Coleman.
The New Orleans Saints are having a hard time accepting the results of Sunday’s NFC Championship game in light of the bad call that cost the team a trip to the Super Bowl. One player is feeling so robbed, in fact, that he’s embracing an obscure league rule that would allow the result to be overturned.
ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio pointed out that Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 of the NFL rulebook allows commissioner Roger Goodell to take “corrective measures” if an event happens in a game that is so “extraordinarily unfair” that it impacts the result. Article 3 of the same rule allows Goodell to either reverse the outcome or replay the game from the point of the extraordinary event. That means that, in theory, Goodell could order the NFC Championship replayed from the point of Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman’s uncalled pass interference.
Clearly, Saints receiver Michael Thomas was reading that story, because he was calling for Goodell to exercise that power early Monday morning.
Rule 17 Section 2 Article 3 @NFL
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) January 21, 2019
To be clear, the chances of Goodell taking this action are non-existent for a whole variety of reasons. What will happen instead is a public acknowledgement of the bad call and the NFL will move on to focus on the Super Bowl, even if the city of New Orleans won’t.
In one sense, Sunday’s championship games hardly could have gone better for the NFL. Both went to overtime and were filled with drama, dramatic comebacks, and great performances. On the other hand, they were tinged with controversy, and some players were simply unable to perform their best on the biggest stage — including one Kansas City Chief whose brutal penalty may have wiped out his team’s win.
Here are eight big disappointments from NFL Championship Sunday.
Dee Ford, LB, Chiefs
Ford was the unlucky Chief to be caught in the neutral zone on what would have otherwise been a game-ending interception that would have sent the Chiefs to the Super Bowl. He wouldn’t have impacted the play, and had he just stayed onside, Kansas City likely would have won. Instead, the flag negated the huge play, leading to a Patriots touchdown. And though the Chiefs rallied to force overtime, they ultimately lost there. It wouldn’t have gotten that far if not for Ford’s error.
One of the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, or Los Angeles Rams will be crowned Super Bowl champions in less than a month, and it’s fun to think of which players might end up getting each team there. Many are obvious, but all are of vital importance. If these ten players play their best, it’s hard to stop them, and it’s easy to see how they can win a game for their team at the most important time of the year.
Here are the ten most important players left in the NFL playoffs.
10) Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
Thomas had a dominant game against the Philadelphia Eagles, going for 171 yards receiving against the reigning Super Bowl champions. That means that whomever the Los Angeles Rams have covering him is going to be facing a very tough task, and it wouldn’t be any easier for any potential AFC opponent in the Super Bowl. Thomas is a favorite of Brees and a threat in every way, and if the Saints win the Super Bowl, expect him to be a big reason why.
The games may not have been as competitive from start-to-finish as viewers may have liked, but the divisional round of the playoffs still offered up a lot of great and memorable moments. It also provided some remarkable performances by players who either defied odds or tore up opposition with remarkable efficiency.
Here’s a look at 10 of the biggest standouts of the NFL’s divisional round.
Sean Payton, head coach, Saints
The Saints fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles and didn’t appear to be getting any closer to making the breakthrough until, at Payton’s direction, they engineered two game-changing moments. Going for it on 4th and 1 from the New Orleans 30 was not an easy decision, and Payton called for a fake punt that caught Philadelphia flat-footed enough to succeed. That kept the second quarter drive moving all the way to the goal line, when the Saints went for it on 4th and goal from the two to score their first touchdown of the game. It’s anyone’s guess how the game proceeds if that drive ends scoreless, but Payton’s bold calls helped permanently shift momentum.