It was not that long ago that Thomas was selected by the Redskins in the 2nd round (34th overall) of the 2008 Draft but he was released earlier this season after failing to meet Coach Shanahan’s expectations. He was then picked up off of waivers by the Carolina Panthers who also ended up releasing him making it the second time this season that he was released by a team mid season.
This week in New Jersey he will once again be on the field with those same Redskins that he once played alongside but this time he will be wearing a Giants uniform and there is a good chance that he will see playing time. The New York Giants will be without top receiver Hakeem Nicks (800 yards in 10 games) this week and reports are saying they will more than likely be without wide receiver Steve Smith (517 yards in 8 games) as well. Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin has said that Thomas has done well with the Giants so far and that they are working to get him ready to go against the Redskins.
Now apparently the Redskin and Panthers coaches will disagree with me on this one but I’m a Devin Thomas fan. At 6 foot 2 and weighing in at 218 pounds he has the height and strength that the Redskins are missing at the wide receiver position and on top of that he was a solid kick returner for the Redskins.
My opinion on Thomas has always been he is a guy that needs to get out there on the field to really get going. Last season for the Redskins in my opinion he was showing signs of improvement in his route running and even put up a 100 yard receiving and 2 touchdown game against the Saints in week 13 last season. Honestly I felt he was poised for a breakout season this year but unfortunately I guess it was not meant to be this season.
As we have seen with ex Skins receiver Brandon Lloyd or ex Lion/Titan/Raider Mike Williams there is life after being tossed to the side if you just stick with it and work hard. I still have confidence that Thomas will end up being a good receiver and wish both he and his career good luck going forward just not against the Skins.