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Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Michael Thomas gives details on cell phone celebration

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas paid tribute to Joe Horn with a touchdown celebration on Sunday, and it sounds like it took some serious planning to pull off.

After he caught a 72-yard touchdown pass to give the Saints a 44-35 lead over the Los Angeles Rams late in the fourth quarter, Thomas lifted up the pad protecting the goal post and pulled out a cell phone. He then pretended to make a call just like Horn did when he was a receiver for the Saints 15 years ago.

Thomas later told reporters that he put a lot of effort into the celebration, even tracking down an old school flip phone so it would be as close to Horn’s as possible. He also hid a phone under each goal post pad to make sure he could do his thing no matter which side of the field he scored on.

As you might expect, Horn loved the tribute and said he got emotional over it.

Thomas’ touchdown celebration may not have been the best one we saw in Week 9, but it was about as good as it gets in New Orleans.

Watch: Michael Thomas does the Joe Horn phone celebration

Michael Thomas phone

Michael Thomas did his best Joe Horn impression after scoring a huge touchdown in the New Orleans Saints’ win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Thomas caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to make it 44-35 late in the fourth quarter. After scoring, he lifted up the pad protecting the goal post and located a cell phone. He pretended to dial a call, just like Horn did with the Saints 15 years ago.

Thomas was actually penalized 15 yards for the celebration.

Thomas was a monster in the game, catching 12 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown. Now everyone will remember him thanks to the celebration.

Michael Thomas trolls Redskins DBs with more trash talk on Twitter

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas got inside the heads of his opponents on Monday night, and he continued his trash talk even after the game.

Thomas caught four passes for 74 yards in the New Orleans Saints’ 43-19 thumping of the Washington Redskins on Monday. He annoyed Washington’s DBs with his trash talk and actions during the game. Washington’s top cornerback Josh Norman was even benched briefly so he could cool down, according to his head coach.

“We talked about some things at halftime,” Jay Gruden said about Norman, via The Washington Post. “Had to cool him down a little bit. Everything’s fine. It’ll be back to normal, and he’ll play the rest of the year.”

After winning the battle on the field, Thomas got on Twitter and trolled Norman and Quinton Dunbar, laughing at their postgame comments and articles about Norman being benched.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Thomas take some pleasure on Twitter by trolling an opponent. He apparently is a pretty good pest on the field and even better trash-talker. And what a role reversal for Norman, who used to be the one known for doing all the talking.

Ranking the top 10 wide receivers in the NFL

Antonio Brown

The NFL has no shortage of quality wide receivers. Whether they use their size and strength to get the job done or their speed and agility — or both — you can turn on virtually any game on Sunday and see great talent at the wide receiver position.

But who are the best? Here are ten players who should be considered the top receivers in the National Football League.

10) Davante Adams, Packers

Aaron Rodgers’ return should do wonders for Adams, who was very successful even without him last season. Despite missing two games and his starting quarterback, Adams caught 10 touchdowns and came close to his first 1,000-yard season. If he and Rodgers both stay healthy, the duo should be in store for a huge season, especially now that Jordy Nelson has departed Green Bay.

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15 most underrated NFL players in 2017

Alex Smith Chiefs

The 2017-2018 NFL season is nearing its end with only the Super Bowl left to play. Accordingly, the stamp has been put on the performances for most players and now the debate is on: who was the best, who was the worst, who was over-looked, and who ended up being a letdown?

Here’s a look at 15 of the NFL’s most underrated players in 2017:

15. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

It’s hard to believe Michael Thomas, who has more receptions in his first two seasons than any wide receiver in history, could be considered underrated or overlooked, but it’s become apparent that he is. Thomas finished third among receivers in receptions (104), sixth in yards (1,245), third in first downs (70) and second in PFF grades (93.0), but failed to earn an All-Pro nod and was left off the PFWA All-NFL Team. He was voted into his first Pro Bowl, but he deserves much more recognition.

14. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Jack Doyle made his presence known in 2016, but he still wasn’t really on anyone’s radar outside of Indianapolis entering this season. Despite the lack of attention, Doyle continued a steady progression, finishing second among tight ends in receptions (80), sixth in receiving yards (690), seventh in first downs (34) and 10th in Pro Football Focus grade (77.5). Even with the impressive credentials, Doyle remains underrated and overlooked, failing to earn a Pro Bowl nod, a spot on the AP All-Pro Team or any honors courtesy of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

13. Blake Martinez, LB, Green Bay Packers

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Saints players troll Vikings over blowout loss to Eagles

The New Orleans Saints lost a playoff game in brutal fashion last week, but at least some of their players have shaken it off to the point where they feel they can troll the opponent who drove a spike through their hearts.

After they were dismantled by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, the Minnesota Vikings will not be playing in the Super Bowl in front of their home fans. Some Saints players find that hilarious.

The Saints have obviously had to endure a lot of heckling from Vikings fans, and even head coach Sean Payton was mercilessly trolled by a furniture store in Minnesota. Still, the Vikings advanced further in the playoffs than New Orleans and beat the Saints and one of the most exciting plays you will ever see. Even if players in New Orleans are thrilled the Eagles emerged victorious, it’s a bad look to dance on the grave of someone who just dug yours.

Michael Thomas denies taking Twitter shot at teammate Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks was reportedly unhappy with his role in the New Orleans Saints’ offense last year, and the belief is that his frustration had a lot to do with the emergence of Michael Thomas. The two teammates do not seem close with one another, either, which probably doesn’t help.

As rumors continue to swirl about possible trades involving Cooks, Thomas created a stir by sending the following tweet on Sunday:

For obvious reasons, most people assumed the comment was directed toward Cooks. You could even argue that Cooks interpreted it that way, as he tweeted and deleted a head-scratcher of his own not long after Thomas sent his tweet.

Of course, Thomas later issued a denial and claimed he was simply reciting a lyric from a song.

If Thomas was quoting a song, it wasn’t a popular one. We did a quick search for the supposed lyric and couldn’t find anything.

Cooks actually racked up slightly more receiving yards last season with 1,173 compared to the rookie’s 1,137. Thomas’ nine touchdowns were one more than Cooks’ total, but Cooks had 78 receptions compared to Thomas’ 92.

While Drew Brees loves spreading the ball around, Cooks seems to think Thomas has emerged as the veteran quarterback’s favorite target. Unless the Saints come down on their asking price for Cooks, the two star receivers might have to find a way to get along.