Saints Michael Thomas played rookie season with broken foot

Aug 9, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) on the bench in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Photo credit Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports
Can’t Guard Mike has proven to be one of the best nicknames in sports. In his rookie season, Michael Thomas showed the NFL he was ready for the pros making 92 receptions on 121 targets for 1,137 yards and 9 TDs in 15 games for the Saints.  In a tweet this morning, Thomas revealed why he didnt't play in a game that year though, which is the only contest he's missed in 4 seasons.

I’m never going to get over coach Payton making me inactive my rookie year with a broken foot week 16 that I had already been playing on. He messed up my streak in a lot of categories ---- but I forgive him.

— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 22, 2020

Heading into an unpredictable 2020 season, Thomas is one of the few predictable players for the Saints because of his toughness. The 47th overall pick of the 2016 draft already holds the NFL record for the most receptions by a player through thier first four seasons with 470, along with the most receptions by a player in a single season with 149.