The whole thing started when DeVante Parker said that it was harder to make a catch while being guarded by Stephon Gilmore than it was to break up a pass while guarding Michael Thomas. The Saints wideout did not take kindly to that remark and the fight in the comments began.
Our own Turf Writer’s Room took to our keyboards to discuss the intricate details of the arguments. Here’s how the conversations went:
Michael Thomas wow…
No one has ever felt more disrespected when not being disrespected.
When you bring someone’s parents/family into the mix? That’s bad. Thomas did not hold back. Went absolute full blast.
Yeah agreed. Thomas needs to simmer down. You’re the best freaking receiver in the league right now, get over it.
Wait? Why? If this is what Michael Thomas does to stay in the mindset to perform at the highest level, then who cares?
LOL exactly. We just finished watching a 10 part series about how Jordan did the same thing. The difference was through his entire career he kept it all to himself for the most part… chalk this one up to not much else going on in the world – helped by a network desperate for content.
Yeah, I mean… I agree, but I also think Thomas went a little overboard with his comments. Bringing his parents into it, it’s like, come on, dude. There are athletes who use this as fuel for their game and staying in that mindset for high performance, but there are others where it is a detriment. Rashard Mendenhall was a former Steelers RB. He was talking s**t about the Ravens leading up to their game on social media. Wouldn’t keep his mouth shut. Then in the game, right out the gate, Ray Lewis breaks his shoulder. Mendenhall left the game and was done for the season. He was never the same after that. He retired at age 26. So you just never know. You can talk s**t all you want, but when you bring someone else’s family into the mix I think it’s kind of low. That’s all I’m saying.
He didn’t really bring family into the mix. He brought DNA into the mix.
Michael Thomas had over 100% more catches last year than Parker but only 40% more yards, which to me shows that Parker might be a little more lethal when it comes to getting open and YAC (Yards After Catch). Plus that guy has had a carnival of nonsense at QB for his career. I love the confidence from Thomas, but given the choice, I’d take Parker.
I will say this, Parker is underrated. He has been for the majority of his career. Currently, I’d say he’s probably around 70th. Among receivers, probably somewhere between 20 and 25. I’d say he’s probably around 70th. That’s not my opinion, that’s where I actually think he probably falls.
What do you think? Whose side are you on? Are you Team Thomas or Team Parker?
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