The Washington Post reported today that the Washington Redskins released Devin Thomas, effectively ending his Redskins’ career. Apparently, Thomas was never able to impress the Shanahans sufficiently to cause them to view him as an asset at receiver. He succeeded as a kick returner, but the Redskins have other options to which they can turn.
Thomas and Malcolm Kelly have been enigmas at receiver ever since being drafted two years ago. Kelly is constantly hurt, and Thomas was slow to pick up the playbook. That’s too bad, because Thomas is definitely talented. I thought Kelly would have been let go before Thomas, but the Shanahans saw enough ability in Kelly to place him on Injured Reserved. So, he has another training camp to impress the coaches while Thomas will have to hope he has impressed another team.
It will be interesting to see whether Malcolm Kelly ultimately turns out to be the better receiver or Devin Thomas does. One thing is for sure, however – the Redskins’ 2008 draft was pretty much a dismal failure. Fred Davis and Chris Horton are the only members of the 2008 draft class to still be on the active roster. Rob Jackson, the only other member of that class, is on the Practice Squad.
In the one man’s curse is another man’s blessing category, Keiland Williams has been promoted from the Practice Squad to the active roster. With Clinton Portis sidelined a month or more, Washington needed depth at Running Back. Williams showed well during the preseason, displaying both speed and power. Ryan Torain and Williams will both get their share of carries. More importantly, the Redskins’ roster should be more stable going forward.