Wide receiver Mike Thomas will switch his jersey from No. 13 to No. 88 for the Los Angeles Rams in honor of his great grandmother.
It’s no secret the Los Angeles Rams are in desperate need of improvement for their passing game heading into 2017 to help make life easier for Jared Goff heading into his first full season as the starter after the offense averaged just 14 points per game last year. While the pressure will certainly be on for players like Tavon Austin and Robert Woods to live up to their contracts, the one name to keep an eye on will be second-year wideout Mike Thomas.
The former Southern Miss star was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Rams, and even though he only caught three passes for 37 yards, Los Angeles hopes to see more production from Thomas on offense and special teams in 2017. When considering the current level of talent in the passing game, Thomas will certainly have the opportunity to make a name for himself with the Rams, and hopefully a change of number will be just what the wideout needs to get the ball rolling as a sophomore.
It’s one thing for a player to switch back to an old number from college, but to see Thomas honor his great grandmother with the No. 88 is simply amazing, and should make Rams fans appreciate him being on the team even more. After wearing No. 13 as a rookie, it’s great to see the appreciation by Thomas for his new jersey number since it’s not everyday a professional athlete gets to honor someone meaningful this way.
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Now that Los Angeles was willing to allow the jersey switch, it’s up to Thomas to live up to the expectations during his second season with the team. The Rams are expected to add another wide receiver in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft, and when seeing how many players will be fighting for a roster spot, here’s to hoping Thomas can prove himself worthy for having one of those spots during the 2017 season.