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49ers receivers' stats starkly contrast with Saints' Michael Thomas

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49ers receivers' stats starkly contrast with Saints' Michael Thomas

The 49ers haven't seen a wide receiver like Michael Thomas in 2019.

The New Orleans Saints star leads the NFL in receptions (110) and receiving yards (1,290), ranking fifth in the league in yards per touch (11.5). Catching passes from an all-time great in Drew Brees and playing half of your games in the comfort of the Superdome helps, but Thomas' prolificacy is stark when contrasted with the 49ers' wide-receiving corps, as Pro Football Focus' Jeff Denney noted Monday. 

A full season with Emmanuel Sanders in the fold surely would've made the aforementioned gap bigger. Plus, the 49ers rely on a tight end for much of their receiving production. George Kittle leads the team in targets (67), receptions (54) and receiving yards (687), ranking no worse than eighth among NFL tight ends in those categories. 

Still, Thomas is something else. Kittle and 49ers rookie receiver Deebo Samuel have combined for 1,251 receiving yards, or 39 fewer than Thomas has on his own. Brees and Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater remarkably have thrown to Thomas on over 30 percent of their throws this season, whereas 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has targeted one of Kittle and Samuel just over 35 percent of the time this season. 

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Thomas is coming off his worst performance of the season, as he caught six passes for 48 yards on short rest in the Saints' Thanksgiving win over the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers would be wise to take a page out of the Falcons' playbook, but that is easier said than done, considering Thomas has at least 89 receiving yards in all but two of his games this season and has caught at least two-thirds of his targets in each game.

Brees will throw to Thomas early and often Sunday. How often will go a long way towards determining if the 49ers can avoid their first losing streak of the season.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock roasted by Michael Thomas for Antonio Brown drama

Raiders GM Mike Mayock roasted by Michael Thomas for Antonio Brown drama

Great athletes never forget a slight.

In the wake of the latest Antonio Brown drama, Saints All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas decided Thursday was the perfect time to dig up an old take and fire it at Raiders general manager Mike Mayock.

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Thomas is referring to Mayock's days as an NFL Network draft analyst. In 2016, Mayock ranked the top five players at each position and had Thomas tied with Sterling Shepard for the fifth best receiver in the draft class.

The players ahead of Thomas (and Shepard) were Laquon Treadwell (waived by Vikings), Corey Coleman (been with four teams), Josh Doctson (released by Washington) and Will Fuller (dealt with injuries).

Meanwhile, in three seasons with New Orleans, Thomas has caught 321 passes for 3,787 yards and 23 touchdowns, and is in the discussion as the best wide receiver in the NFL.

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Early Thursday, reporters surfaced that Brown attempted to punch Mayock in a Wednesday altercation stemming from the Raiders fining the receiver for missing practices.

It's clear by his tweet that Thomas is on Brown's side of this dispute, even if it appears to be the wrong side to take.