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Michael Thomas' celebration of choice? An emphatic spike

Expect to see a lot of spikes from Saints receiver Michael Thomas this season. Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

METAIRIE, La. -- The NFL relaxed its rules for touchdown celebrations this year. But New Orleans saints receiver Michael Thomas doesn’t plan to spend much time working on his choreography.

“I might just stick to spiking the ball. I like that one a lot,” said Thomas, who explained why he puts so much power into his spikes in practice.

“When you get six points, it kind of does something to you. It gets the juices flowing and the energy going,” Thomas said. “So when you get a chance to cross that end zone, you want to spike the ball as hard as possible.”

When asked if he spikes it harder than anyone else, Thomas said, “I try to.”

Thomas should have plenty of chances to show off his arm this year. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound wide receiver emerged as a potential red zone monster during his breakout rookie season with nine touchdowns over his final 13 games. He has continued to display his prowess in that area throughout training camp, whether it’s on a slant, a fade or a a run after the catch.