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Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We don't have any details on the injury or when it occurred. Thomas led Saints WRs in snaps last weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.

ESPN's Britt McHenry hears that Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) will not play tonight against the Falcons. We'll get the official inactives list around 7 pm ET. Snead's absence would vault WR Michael Thomas to #2 on the depth chart and make him an upside WR3 play in what should be a shootout tonight.

Saints WR Willie Snead will be a game-time decision for Monday night's contest against the Falcons. He didn't practice all week but told reporters Saturday that he's "hopeful" that he'll be able to play. The late kickoff obviously puts fantasy owners in a tough spot, though. Unless you have a replacement from that game -- ideally Michael Thomas -- Snead probably needs to be on your bench for Week 3.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is active and listed in the starting lineup for today’s game against the Raiders. The rookie was limited in practice all week, but it looks like he’s set to play a significant role. There’s WR3 appeal here.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) will play against the Raiders today, a source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's unclear exactly how big a role he'll play in his NFL debut, especially after a limited week of practice. Consider Thomas a risk/reward WR4 for Week 1.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Raiders after a limited week of practice. The New Orleans media expects him to play, but the injury and Thomas’ uncertain role makes him better off on fantasy benches this week.

Saints WR Michael Thomas was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with an ankle. It's unclear when Thomas hurt the ankle or if his Week 1 status is in jeopardy. Check back tomorrow for another update. Even a healthy Thomas is a shaky WR3 in his NFL debut.

The Saints' latest "unofficial" depth chart -- released Wednesday -- lists rookie WR Michael Thomas as a starter with Brandin Cooks, ahead of Willie Snead. The designation might not prove to be a big deal. Marques Colton played 60.3% of the snaps over his 13 games last year as the 3rd WR, compared with Snead playing 71.1%. But Snead also drew 1.6 more targets per game despite spending the 1st 2 weeks as more of a part-timer. At the very least, take this as a sign that the Saints have big immediate plans for their 2nd-round rookie. That plan could include beating Snead in targets.

There's been lots of early buzz on Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas.  But John DeShazier of the team's official website expects Brandon Coleman to beat out Thomas for the #3 WR job.  "He’s a huge target who likely is scratching the surface on learning how to use his huge frame," DeShazier writes.  The 6'6, 225-pound Coleman came on late last season, tallying 16 catches, 231 yards and 1 TD in the final 5 games.  We'll be keeping a close eye on this battle this summer.  The winner could be a weekly fantasy starter in New Orleans' high-scoring, pass-heavy offense.

Saints QB Drew Brees has been impressed so far by rookie WR Michael Thomas' talent and understanding of the offense.  That 2nd part is especially noteworthy after Thomas struggled picking up the playbook early in his college career.  “If you take a guy who is smart, tough and has a great feel for the game, understands body position, and control, then he’s never really covered,” Brees said. “There’s always places he can use his body where you can throw it where it’s him or nobody. Again, that’s great confidence for a quarterback knowing that I’ve got this outlet, I got this guy that has this range and this feel.”  If Thomas can earn Brees and HC Sean Payton's trust, he could certainly make a 2016 fantasy impact.

The Saints snagged WR Michael Thomas with the 47th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Thomas is old (turned 23 in March) and never reached 800 yards or double-digit TDs at Ohio State. But he’s a well-built 6’3, 210-pounder who tested surprisingly well at the Combine. He ran a 4.57-second 40 but excelled in the jumping and agility drills. His SPARQ score places him in 83rd percentile at his position — behind only Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman among this year’s top WR prospects. Thomas’ tape shows a refined route runner with reliable hands and some after-the-catch ability. He projects as a possession-type WR at the next level and will add size to a Saints WR corps that features 5’10 Brandin Cooks and 5’11 Willie Snead. Thomas is capable of carving out a significant 2016 role, especially in the red zone.

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