HOUSTON, TX (WVUE) - Michael Thomas and the one-handed catch are becoming the norm. He's done it routinely in camp, and did it against the Texans in practice. Unfortunately our cameras weren't allowed to see his latest feat, but the grab has everyone's attention.
"It's nice to know that you got a guy that can go up there with that paw and snag it with one hand," said a smiling Drew Brees. "As your teaching good fundamentals as best you can as a receiver, you're always trying to get two hands on it. Whether you're able to catch the ball that way, or in the process of getting two hands up the official sees the DB grabbing your other arm, potentially you will get calls that way. I think it's just good habits to get into, going up with two hands. At times the ball is just up there, and you're a ball player."
Rookies usually learn a few things from veterans of the NFL. New Orleans-native Odell Beckham, Jr. made the catch his staple, and now it's catching on around the league.
"If a guy is catching it one-handed he should have a second hand on it, absolutely," said Saints Head Coach Sean Payton. "I saw Odell Beckham's mom at the Manning camp and I said shoot it is becoming an epidemic now. Watching my son play and those guys warm up, for every one of those (one-handed catches) you will see a number of balls on the ground. The second hand is obviously better."
Thomas is currently the number three receiver on the Saints behind Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead. The team usually keeps four or five.