ReceiverParticipation in the program is not yet possible OTAs. Coach Dennis Allen said that he expects him to return from his ankle injury in the time frame for training camp. He is also present during the voluntary work out period and is currently rehabbing with team members.
Meanwhile, quarterbackAfter tearing his ACL seven months ago, he is already back on practice fields. The offensive pillars have been working to recover from their major injuries.
Thomas, 29, missed the whole 2021 season due to the ankle injury. After he delayed his initial surgery to repair multiple ligaments up until June, he was able to wait until June for the second.It was necessary to perform a follow up procedure. The 2019 NFL Offensive Player Award winner has not been 100% healthy since the initial injury to his ankle in Week 1. He missed a total nine games during that season.
“I think he's doing a great job in his rehab. He is not yet ready. He's here, and he's still rehabbing. Allen stated that we are very anxious to get him out of here. “I know he is working hard to get back. And we are proud of where he is at the moment.”
Allen responded to a question about Thomas' readiness for training camp by saying, “That's certain our plan.”
Allen stated that if he had a crystal ball, he could have predicted all of these things and he would likely be making more money or doing something completely different. We hope that he'll be ready for training camp. That's what we are aiming for.
Thomas' presence at OTAs stands out because of the lack communication between team and player last spring, and then friction between them after he opted for June surgery.
That tension seemed to have been dissipated early in the last season. Allen spoke positively about Thomas' attitude and recovery throughout the offseason, saying that he was looking forward to getting along with rookie receivers.This is similar to adding two first-round draft options at the position.
Thomas invited Olave, a former Ohio State star, to stay with him during the Saints' draft. He then trained with Olave for two weeks at their Southern California home.
Also, the Saints signed a receiver free of chargeAfter the draft, they will continue to improve the NFL's worst-ranked passing defense from last year.
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Allen warned Winston that there was still a lot of work to do to make him ready. Allen said that he thought Winston looked great. We love the progress that he's making, and we like where they are at. We hope that this trend will continue.”
It is difficult to estimate how limited Winston still may be, since OTAs do not involve contact and are therefore non-padded. Allen assured that the Saints will work with the 28 year-old.
Allen spoke of Winston's work on the field, saying, “Look, with his way that he worked and how hard it was, it doesn’t surprise me.” “I believe we have to continue being smart with that, which I feel we are. We'll push him to improve but still try to be intelligent about it.