Last season I had high hopes for then Rookie wideout Devin Thomas. I bought into the hype and thought we finally landed a solid No.2 receiver. Then Thomas got off to a slow start and had a hard time adjusting to life in the NFL. This wasn’t necessarily a big shocker considering his age and experience but I knew he had tons of talent. It wasn’t until late last season when we saw a brief glimpse of what Thomas has to offer. He showed his speed when he galloped into the endzone on a 29 yd reverse. The talent was clearly there and by the end of the season you could tell Thomas was changing.
Now as training camp is in full swing rumors are coming out that Thomas is on track to be a starting WR. This is great news for the entire team because of what he can bring to the table. It appears he has learned from last year’s slow start and now understands the work it takes to be a starter in the NFL. ESPN writer Matt Mosley recently reported that Thomas was “scaring” DBs in practice. That should tell you everything you need to know Skins fans because we have some of the best DBs in the league.
Thomas isn’t the only second year player that has something to prove. Fellow WR Malcolm Kelly also wants to show that he belongs after an injury plagued first year. Kelly is the much needed tall receiver we have been searching for and if he stays injury free we could have two dynamic young stars for many years to come.