Mike Thomas came up for the Los Angeles Rams on offense during Saturday’s preseason win over the Denver Broncos.
Plenty of players on the Los Angeles Rams have been trying to make a strong case for a roster spot over the last few weeks during preseason, and right near the top of that list has been Mike Thomas at wide receiver.
At the time in 2016, there was plenty of hype surrounding Thomas during the draft since the Rams were in desperate need of help at the wide receiver position since other players such as Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin were far from the answer.
But when seeing the lack of impact from Thomas over the previous three seasons, it’s tough not to wonder if the wideout has what it takes to be part of the Rams’ offense, or if he would be better off elsewhere.
Over the last few weeks, Thomas has received plenty of praise from head coach Sean McVay for the way he’s looked throughout training camp and preseason, but also this didn’t the wideout would earn a roster spot.
With the Rams having a “four-headed monster” at wide receiver on top of other players such as Nsimba Webster and KhaDarel Hodge making cases of their own, the pressure was on Thomas heading into Saturday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
More than ever, Thomas knew the importance of making sure he took advantage of the starters resting by showing Los Angeles that he does in fact deserve a spot on the roster for the 2019 season.
One game certainly won’t decide Thomas’ fate for the next couple of months, but the Rams were certainly pleased to watch the wideout gain a ton of momentum early on in the contest by catching three passes for 76 yards, including an impressive 51-yard catch.
Even more exciting, Los Angeles would hold on for the 10-6 victory over Denver, giving the team their first win of the 2019 preseason.
All due respect to Thomas since just like the rest of his teammates, he’s been working his tail off over these last few months to put him in better position for one of the roster spots, but there’s always the fear of too little, too late for the wideout.
After the Rams have given Thomas plenty of opportunities to prove himself worthy of a spot on the team over the years, the impact made from Saturday’s game could very well convince Los Angeles to provide one final shot.
Earning the No. 5 spot at wide receiver may not sound like the biggest deal in the world, but for Los Angeles, it never hurts to have insurance at the position with someone like Thomas just to make sure the offense remains in better shape.