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Antonio who? Julio who? Odell who? Happy Birthday to the receiver who was better than all of them in 2018!"Probably the biggest steal of the 2016 draft occurred in the second round at the 47th overall pick Jared Cook Jersey Stitched , when the New Orleans Saints selected wide receiver Michael Thomas from Ohio State. Thomas has rewritten the team's record book over just three seasons, and established himself as one of the best players in the NFL. Thomas has caught 321 passes for 3,787 yards and 23 touchdowns in his three regular seasons (47 games), and 31 catches for 423 yards and 3 scores in four postseason games. As good as he was during his first two years in the league, 2018 was the best yet for the young wideout who celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThomas started out the 2018 season in grand fashion, during the opener against Tampa Bay. Despite losing a fumble, Thomas torched the Buccaneers secondary for a franchise record 16 catches, totaling 180 yards and a touchdown. He went on to set NFL records for receiving production over the first quarter of the season, and caught at least 10 passes in each of the first three games. After the first eight games, Thomas had 70 receptions for 880 yards and five touchdowns. The crown jewel of his fantastic season may have been in a week nine showdown against the previously undefeated Los Angeles Rams, when he made Rams Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters into his own personal play toy. Thomas caught 12 passes on the afternoon for a franchise record 211 yards, including a game-clinching 72-yd. touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his spectacular performance. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsDefenses stacked their coverages in efforts to contain Thomas over the second half of the year. His numbers were slightly down over the last eight contests, catching 55 passes for 525 yards and four scores New Orleans Saints A.J. Klein Jersey , including just one touchdown in the final six games. That score came during a key December win against the Pittsburgh Steelers though, when Thomas came through big with an 11-catch, 109 yard performance. The All-Pro wideout shined brightly again on the big stage during a divisional playoff round match up against the Philadelphia Eagles. Thomas ran roughshod through the Eagles secondary, bringing in 12 receptions for a Saints postseason record 171 receiving yards and a key score in the victory. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsMichael Thomas led the NFL in receptions in 2018, besting his own team record with 125 catches. His 1,405 receiving yards were also a franchise record, and he reached the end zone 9 times. He had at least 5 receptions in twelve games, including 10 or more receptions seven times. Thomas had over 70 yards receiving eleven times, breaking the 100-yd. barrier in five games. Pro Football Focus (PFF) rated him as the second most productive receiver in 2018 with a 91.3 grade, behind only DeAndre Hopkins of the Texans. Thomas is one of the most physical receivers in the NFL, and is next to unstoppable through the short and intermediate zones with incredibly sharp route running skills, underrated athletic ability, and incredible hands to snatch the ball in traffic. He caught a mind-boggling 85.6% of the 146 times he was targeted Womens A.J. Klein 2019 Jersey , and is a centerpiece for this New Orleans offense for the foreseeable future. Aldrick Rosas came to the New York Giants' training camp as somewhat of a long shot to keep his job as placekicker.The former NAIA player struggled in his rookie season, hitting 18 of 25 field goals, while missing three of 23 extra points. Upsetting the coaching staff: his occasional tendency to have one of his kickoffs go out of bounds, allowing opponents to start drives at their 40-yard line.It wasn't a good first year and Rosas knew it.So after giving himself a little time with his family 鈥?a daughter was born early last season 鈥?Rosas went back to work, and never stopped.Rosas was almost perfect in training camp and the preseason in beating out Marshall Koehn, a first-year free agent. It has paid off bigtime during the season: Rosas on Tuesday was voted to the NFC team in the Pro Bowl. The second-year pro has hit 28 of 29 field goal attempts and 25 of 26 PATs. His .966 field goal percentage is second in the NFL to former Giants kicker Robbie Gould (.967 on 29 of 30). His 109 points are ninth in the league.Among his field goals is a franchise record 57-yarder against Chicago. His only field goal missed was on a 52-yard attempt against Philadelphia on Oct. 11."I don't know how to describe it 鈥?shocking, just to get that support and votes from my peers and the fans, and everybody in the building, this organization just being behind me," Rosas said Wednesday of the honor. "It's real special."Rosas said a lot of the credit has to go to long snapper Zak DeOssie, holder Riley Dixon, and the coaching staff.The soon to be 24-year-old said he has prospered by taking things day by day. He sorted out his kicking technique with former NFL kicker John Carney in San Diego in the offseason while working on his mental approach to the game."He has put his nose to the grindstone," said Dixon Cheap A.J. Klein Youth Jersey , a punter signed in the offseason who has become the holder in the operation, replacing Brad Wing. "He just kept working."As Rosas spoke, DeOssie smiled in the background, somewhat like the proud dad. He has been with the Giants since 2007 and has been around a lot of good kickers.Rosas saw him smiling and called him "the oldest guy in the NFL" and "a dinosaur."When DeOssie was asked if Rosas was paying for the holder and snapper to go to the Pro Bowl in Orlando, he quipped: "He bought us tickets."Rosas, who wasn't pursued by major colleges, has come a long way from kicking at Southern Oregon, a public liberal arts college in Ashland, Oregon with an enrollment of around 4,300 students. Big crowds on game days were a couple of hundred fans.He was signed as a free agent by Tennessee in May 2016 and released at the end of training camp. The Giants signed him to a reserve/future contact in January 2017 and he beat out veteran Mike Nugent in training camp."Yeah, it's starting to kind of hit now in these last couple of hours, and even last night," Rosas said. "Just how White Alvin Kamara Jersey , NAIA and small high school, just to last year, to kind of now. The story is still kind of getting written. When you're around a great group of guys, a great organization, great fans, it's just a huge blessing."Rosas is one of coach Pat Shurmur's favorite players. He looks like a buff linebacker, plays the same way, and makes kicks, too.NOTES: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (quad), LB Alec Ogletree (concussion), C Spencer Pulley (calf), WR Russell Shepard (ankle) and S Michael Thomas (excused absence) did not practice Wednesday. DL Kerry Wynn (thumb) was limited.

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