Rod Walker: Michael Thomas made sure Saints’ practice No. 13 belonged to the guy wearing 13

Michael Thomas made his way over to a pair of young New Orleans Saints fans after Wednesday’s practice and handed them his gloves.

“There’s no way,” one of the two kids screamed.

But those weren’t the only two faces Thomas put a smile on Wednesday. Fans, coaches and teammates were beaming on this day as well.

No. 13 made practice No. 13 his own personal day, delivering the message that he indeed is back.

You really couldn’t blame the fans who started chanting “Can’t Guard Mike” after he reeled in a back-shoulder throw from Andy Dalton for a touchdown over Paulson Adebo in a seven-on-seven drill. It was one of four touchdown receptions in a 10-minute flurry by Thomas. Three of those came in seven-on-seven drills and another came in one-on-ones.

It didn’t matter if defenders were draped all over him or not. If the ball came his way, he was going to catch it.

The only one he didn’t catch looked like pass interference in my eyes.

The ankle injury that sidelined Thomas for all of the 2021 season and most of the one before that looks to be healed. The ramp-up period as the team brought him along slowly during this training camp is over.

Four practices ago, he participated in one-on-one drills for the first time. On Saturday, he went through 11-on-11 drills for the first time. On Wednesday, he got his chance to show the fans…

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