Michael Thomas just completed the greatest regular season for a wide receiver in the history of the New Orleans Saints and now he’s earned some lofty recognition for his work.
Thanks to his outstanding season, Thomas was selected as a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press according to NOLA.com. The other wide receiver on the first-team is the Houston Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins.
Wow All-Pro 3rd Yr 🙏🏾 Matthew 22:14 ⚜️🧘🏾♂️
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) January 4, 2019
Thomas concluded the season with 125 receptions for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns.
Thomas was tops in the league in receptions and broke franchise records for receptions and receiving yards. Thomas hauled in 85 percent of his targets, eclipsing the previous highest catch rate mark by Wes Welker (77.2 percent, 2007) for a receiver with 100-plus targets.
Thomas becomes the Saints receiver to ever be a first-team All-Pro.
Meanwhile, four other Saints players were picked for the second-team All-Pro list: quarterback Drew Brees, left tackle Terron Armstead, right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and defensive end Cameron Jordan.
Congrats to the 5 #Saints that earned All-Pro honors! 🏈
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 4, 2019
Brees amassed 3,992 passing yards with 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions for a passer rating of 115.7.
The high powered Saints offense scored 30-plus points ten times this season.
Armstead and Ramczyk were major factors in Brees having the protection to make big throws and for the Saints to rack up 2,025 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground.
Jordan tallied 12 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a Saints defense which held opponents to under 30 points from Week 10 to Week 16.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was chosen as the first-team All-Pro quarterback, which might solidify his status as the NFL MVP over Brees. Mahomes earned 45 of 50 votes for first-team All-Pro.
However, Brees and the Saints are more focused on capturing the second Super Bowl in franchise history.
The Saints will host the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC divisional round on Jan. 13 at 3:40 p.m. (CST) on FOX.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 7, 2019
If the Saints advance, they’ll host the winner of the Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game for the right to play in Super Bowl LIII.