Keyshawn Johnson’s Divorce Case Dismissed After Inactivity

Keyshawn Johnson is still a married man. Three years after the former NFL superstar’s wife filed for divorce, a judge on Friday dismissed the case due to inactivity. If Jennifer Conrad wants to...

Keyshawn Johnson is still a married man.

Three years after the former NFL superstar’s wife filed for divorce, a judge on Friday dismissed the case due to inactivity. If Jennifer Conrad wants to move forward with the divorce, she can re-file her case.

Conrad filed for divorce in March 2015, just seven months after the couple tied the knot. The pair reconciled at one point but then Conrad said she was pushing forward with the divorce.

Keyshawn Johnson and Conrad have two young children together.

The name is ordinary.

Michael Thomas.

The results?

Extraordinary.

How is Thomas doing it?

A longtime Del Mar resident provides him one edge.

Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback, is the NFL’s career leader with a completion rate of 67.1 percent.

Yet the connection between Brees and Thomas, 25, may exceed the bonds Brees forged with his fellow greats with the 2004 San Diego Chargers or within the 2009 Saints club that won the Super Bowl.

Brees has aimed 40 passes at Thomas this year. So with the 38 catches, the Brees-Thomas completion rate is …

Ninety-five percent.

Go back to 2004 when Brees led the Chargers to the AFC West title.

Between Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates the catch rates were 80 and 71 percent, respectively.

Tomlinson was a running back, Gates a tight end. So the routes were shorter than with a wide receiver.

A better comparison is the 65-percent rate that Brees fashioned with his favorite target on the Super Bowl team, wideout Marques Colston.

Let’s try again.

How does Thomas make so many plays?

He’s 6-foot-3, and that helps.

But he’s not a burner, clocking at 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.

A Saints coach clued me in last month.

“He goes hard every single time,” receivers coach Curtis Johnson said after training-camp practice during the team’s visit to Orange County.

Johnson said Thomas is an exceptionally rugged player, not merely a sure-handed pass-catcher.

“He’s a linebacker playing receiver,” said the coach, who was an assistant with San Diego State in the early 1990s.

Johnson mentioned another receiver who was very physical in style — Dallas CowboysHall of Famer Michael Irvin.

“Michael Thomas is, if it’s possible, faster than Michael Irvin,” he said. “He’s like Michael Irvin.”

An uncle to Johnson is Keyshawn Johnson, a former USC and NFL wide receiver who liked to mix it up, too.

Johnson reached three Pro Bowls and helped the Tampa Bay Bucs win a Super Bowl.

“I think Michael is better,” Curtis Johnson said.

Always competing

Thomas was a member of Ohio State’s 2015 national championship team that featured fellow future NFL stars Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott.

In an upset victory over Alabama that led to the title game, Thomas made a spectacular touchdown catch in the New Orleans dome that’s now his home venue.

What I remember of him also from that game was a subtle play that probably infuriated Bama coach Nick Saban when he broke down the film.

Thomas, running full speed, pushed Bama safety Landon Collins in the back — enough to knock him off balance and free Elliott for a run down the sideline.

He’s that kind of player.

Scrappy? Yes. Infuriating to opponents? Yes.

Against the Chargers in practice last month, Thomas nearly came to blows with a defensive back after the two scrapped on a route.

“I threw a stiff arm,” Thomas said. “I guess he didn’t like it, but there’s nothing you can do. We’re just competing.”

Johnson said Thomas never — as in never — is casual about practice. He always goes full speed.

In practices and games, Thomas seeks out contact. He said the rough approach has worked for him dating to his high school career at Woodland Hills Taft.

“A lot of people, they don’t like physicality,” he said. “Some of them can’t take it. That’s how I came up, my upbringing — fighting for stuff, being physical, using my hands. All the stuff — combat and stuff like that, I’m just taking different tools out of the tool box.”

At a time when the NFL is legislating a less hazardous game for pass-catchers, a physical style is paying off for Thomas.

He’s quick and shifty, too, and with only one game missed out of 37 games, he’s been more durable than Bosa and Elliott.

The receiver, whose average of 13 catches matches his jersey number, will go against the New York Giants on Sunday.

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