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‘Can’t Guard Mike’: Watch a Michael Thomas Data Dive Video

By: Stats Perform

He isn’t as flashy as Odell Beckham Jr. and didn’t get as much attention as DeAndre Hopkins, Tyreek Hill and Julio Jones early in his career, but Michael Thomas is finally getting more respect from the media, fans and his peers around the league after a record-breaking season.

The New Orleans Saints star receiver has overcome the “just a slant guy” label that left him out of the top wideout discussion early in his career by earning his second straight First-Team All-Pro honors in 2019.

He led the league in receptions for the second consecutive year with an NFL-record 149, giving him more catches (470) than anyone in NFL history through his first four seasons. Thomas also finished with a league-high and franchise-record 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns on the way to becoming the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year.

The latest video in our Stats Perform Data Dive series uses historical data and advanced metrics to break down the ways in which “Can’t Guard Mike” has risen to such heights.

Stats Perform’s creative data team analyzes the best stats and insights from all sports around the globe to help clients supercharge audience engagement via our extensive historical database, which dates back to 1876.

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