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Michael Thomas uses hand yoga as one tool to improve his game

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Michael Thomas react during a game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on November 24, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is on track to break Marvin Harrison’s single season reception mark, and one of the many tools he credits is hand yoga. NBC Sports sideline reporter Michele Tafoya spoke with Thomas before the game and he talked about the importance of it.

Back in 2016, Thomas entered the NFL and was already using hand yoga to increase the size of his hands. Thomas’ hands measured in at 10½ inches at the NFL scouting combine, but ESPN’s Sports Science group measured them in May, and they had “grown” to 10.625.

Thomas credited hand yoga, which he learned from Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter.

“It stretches them and stuff,” Thomas said. “It’s a little secret I do. I know the exercises and then, when I get massages, I get the knuckles massaged out.”

I have never heard of hand yoga before, so Google sent me down a rabbit hole. I imagine there are a variety of techniques, but here is one resource I found that young receivers could potentially consider. Whatever Thomas is doing, it’s working.