With a crowded group of wide receivers, 2019 could be Mike Thomas’ final chance to prove himself worthy for the Los Angeles Rams.
In regards to the Los Angeles Rams, and the 2016 NFL Draft, most of the attention is rightfully centered around Jared Goff being the top overall pick, but one player who doesn’t get mentioned as much is Mike Thomas.
No, this isn’t the same Michael Thomas who happens to be one of the best receivers in the league currently on the New Orleans Saints, although the Rams would obviously welcome him with open arms in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented itself.
As for the Thomas currently on the Rams, well the former Southern Mississippi star hasn’t exactly seen much action during his first three NFL seasons, and the fact that he only appeared in one game all of last year will back that claim up.
Even more disappointing, Thomas only has eight catches to his name from 2016-17, showing just how difficult it’s been to find a way to make a serious impact in Sean McVay‘s offense.
Since Los Angeles is fortunate enough to have a four-headed monster at receiver consisting of Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Josh Reynolds, the chances of Thomas finding significant action in 2019 seems highly unlikely.
Not even the recent praise by McVay over how Thomas has separated himself in the battle at wide receiver should make the wideout feel confident about having what it takes to earn a roster spot since there is plenty of competition to worry about.
If the first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders is any indication, Thomas could be in trouble if other players such as KhaDarel Hodge or Nsimba Webster give him a run for the money.
Back in 2016 when the Rams were in desperate need of help at the wide receiver position since Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin were far from reliable options, it was easy to understand some of the hype surrounding Thomas.
But since the circumstances are much different three years later with Los Angeles having one of the most dangerous group of receivers in the NFL, the team would be able to adjust just fine without Thomas, even if he has stood out over the last few months.
As bad as it sounds, a team like the Rams can only give a player in Thomas so many opportunities to prove himself before the time comes to move on, meaning these next few weeks could make or break his stint in Los Angeles.
Plus, with Thomas entering the final year of his rookie deal, the pressure is will be on more than ever for the wideout.