Michael Thomas had just finished off his best game of the season with nine catches in the Saints’ win over the Falcons, but it was a ball he didn’t catch that he was quick to elaborate on.
The Saints’ star receiver was asked a question about a play later in the game, but he backtracked to the uncharacteristic, “terrible drop” from the first half that was still on his mind.
Thomas was standing by himself as Taysom Hill fired a ball to him across the middle of the field. But instead of a big gain to continue a promising drive, the ball squirted through Thomas’ normally reliable hands.
“I was a little disappointed in myself on that drop,” Thomas said. You know, Taysom has a fastball.”
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The Saints would punt on that drive, but the offense would continue to strike and walk away with a 24-9 victory as the defense locked the Falcons down on the opposite end. Thomas finished with 9 catches for 104 yards on 12 targets from Hill, starting at quarterback for the first time in place of an injured Drew Brees.
“That was a great ball. All of his passes today were great — on point. I could’ve caught them all, that was 100% on me,” Thomas said. “But we executed, moved on, and I felt like I got better throughout the game.”