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Mike Shanahan seems really impressed with Devin Thomas


(By John McDonnell - TWP)


I had heard from some reporters that Mike Shanahan hasn't been overly gushy when discussing third-year receiver Devin Thomas, but I'd yet to see that myself. Then I watched Shanahan's Tuesday press conference. All was revealed.

Reporter: "Now that he's been on the field for a while, Devin Thomas, what kind of improvements have you seen from him since camp started?"

Shanahan: "Well, you know, that's a competition, like I've said right from the beginning, and now we get a chance to see how they compete on game day. And we'll have a gameplan throughout all four preseason games. Some guys will play a little bit more. You can't play everybody in one game, as we all know, and so we'll get a gameplan relative to playing time for each game. And we'll get a chance to see guys in game situations besides a practice evaluation, and you combine all that, and hopefully come up with our top six receivers."

Fascinating. In case you don't speak Press Conference, let me translate that for you.

Reporter: "I'm writing a story about Devin Thomas. Can you say something nice about him that I could use as a quote?"

Shanahan: "No."

Around the same time, Thomas was quoting Lil Wayne on his Twitter account: "throw dirt on me and grow a wild flower." The Internet tells me this means one should ignore the haters, or something like that.

And lest you think Mike Shanahan is sparing with his post-practice praise, the Devin Thomas exchange on Tuesday came between questions about Trent Williams and Ryan Torain. Shanahan said Williams is "very very talented, like the way he works....I like what I've seen thus far....He's a special-type player." And he said Torain "has some great running skills....When he has been able to stay healthy, you can see his ability."

Notice, in both cases, the coach actually said something about the player in question, instead of offering a discourse on preseason playing time.

Anyhow, the reporter who was writing about Devin Thomas tried again.

"Is he having a decent camp?" he asked.

"Yeah," Shanahan said. "He is. He is."

Quote that. Next question.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 11, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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Comments

Bet DT gets cut before the season starts. He's had plenty of chances to prove himself and its time the team moved on. Don't think he is part of a winning solution near or long term for this team. Brandon Lloyd without the big money.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | August 11, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas is a lot like Kwame Brown, blessed with an athletic body, but really not that in to it. Thomas would rather do magazine layouts and music videos. He just doesn't want it enough and Shanahan knows it. Shanahan is not going to hand the job to him, so either he starts to act like he cares or he is going to be playing for the Raiders (Now the Official Washington Redskins Farm Team).

Posted by: JAMNEW | August 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Came here for the bashing...
Leaving satisfied.

Devin Thomas?
Rod Garnder at best, Tydus Winans at worst.

Next...

Posted by: Scoonie97 | August 11, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Raiders (Now the Official Washington Redskins Farm Team).

Posted by: JAMNEW | August 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

LMAO!

But really, our retreads go to the Raiders, not the other way around, right? So basically that means as long as Al Davis is round, we're guaranteed not to fall below the league's 29th rated front office

Posted by: JS26121820 | August 11, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Make that 31st rated; forgot there's 32 teams, not 30

Posted by: JS26121820 | August 11, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

He's just saying what most of us have been saying about 'Vinny's Picks'.

Any lingering prejudices or pressures from the Danny aside, I expect that the best 53 will suit up come Game Time. If Thomas makes it, he'll be Teams heavy.

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 11, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas
Fred Davis
Malcolm Kelly
Chad Rinehart
Justin Tryon
Colt Brennan
Durant Brooks
Kareem Moore
Rob Jackson
Chris Horton

The Draft which will live in infamy.e

Posted by: goose33 | August 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought Devin Thomas was a bright spot last season. I haven't seen camp this year, but is he seriously not good enough to beat the rest of the receiving corp we have assembled?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | August 11, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Why would Shanahan say anything gushy? Look what that kind of talk got Rex Ryan, even though such gushy talk may have been warranted. Gushy talk is exactly the wrong message to send to potential stars like Devin Thomas who have yet to reach their max potential. Nice poetry on the part of D Thomas about the dirt and the wildflower. Shanahan understands that potential stars need to remain hungry or have a little dirt thrown on them in order to grow. Gushy evaluations lead to the kind of behavior we all saw with Albert Haynesworth. A sense of hunger is exactly what has been missing from the Skins, thanks to the young Mr. Snyder who fell into the trap of wanting other people's stars. Noticeably absent has been all the talk about a "superbowl ready" roster, which has been replaced with talk about areas of competition and areas that need improvement.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | August 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"throw dirt on me and grow a wild flower."

Could also mean "I'm as good as dead"

Posted by: sordidvox | August 11, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Bet DT gets cut before the season starts. He's had plenty of chances to prove himself and its time the team moved on. Don't think he is part of a winning solution near or long term for this team. Brandon Lloyd without the big money.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | August 11, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

You know I love ya Hugh but I am saving this one for down the road. Devin Thomas has star written all over him. It's amazing to me that any Redskins fan who has watched him play the last 2 years would disagree with that. His quickness, strength, and explosiveness are unlike any receiver I've seen in a Redskins uniform since the days of The Posse.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 11, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The Skins haven't had a #2 WR since Albert Connell, which is precisely the last time the Skins won anything. Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly aren't remotely the answer. The other NFC East teams have at least 3 WR targets while the Skins only have one.

Posted by: bernard_thompson | August 11, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree with you more Barno1. When Devin Thomas got consistent opportunities to show what he could do last year he produced! The second half of last season he was the best offensive player on the field south of Fred Davis. The Saints game he was the best O player on the field. Give the man reps, and he'll prdouce. First defender never gets him down, he's big and strong with the ball and makes people miss while figting for extra yards after the catch. He was the only bright spot when he scored on that WR screen in the Giants game last year. It's all about getting reps. I went to the KC game last year and that guy currently in Oakland overthrew him TWICE down the sideline. He had easily beat his man, not to mention he was better than Rock at kick returns when he walked in the door. Not sure why it took the coaches so long to put him back there and help the team. Give the man a fair chance, I think he will impress.

Posted by: LaLa12 | August 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

DT11 can play...he just needs to dominate a couple preseason games this year in order to get some clock in the regular season...Malcolm "Glass" Kelly is cut until he can actually play without getting hurt

Posted by: kickass10101 | August 11, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas will be starting week one. Trent got praise because he has to start. Torain got praise because his chances of making the roster are not certain and it continues to push the RB's ahead of him to work harder. If Mike Shanahan has learned anything in his coaching career though, it's "don't praise the wide receiver unless necessary."
See: Marshall, Brandon.

Posted by: walkdwalk | August 11, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

That said, not a fan of misleading headlines (at least they have the proper headline on the homepage)

Posted by: Barno1 | August 11, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Malcolm Kelley = Michael Westbrook

Posted by: motiongrfx | August 12, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Ryan Torain probably isn't NFL material. I doubt if the team has a better wide receiver than Devin Thomas. I still believe there are only three NFL WR's on the team: Thomas, Moss and Wade. Just one opinion--no more, no less than anothers.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | August 12, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Whoever says DT can't play must have quit watching the Skins after the first half of last season. As a couple of posters have said he was our best receiver when finally given the chance to show what he's got. What I liked best about him was that he was hard to get on the ground.

Posted by: thedude1974 | August 12, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Whoever says DT can't play must have quit watching the Skins after the first half of last season. As a couple of posters have said he was our best receiver when finally given the chance to show what he's got. What I liked best about him was that he was hard to get on the ground.

Posted by: thedude1974 | August 12, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Malcolm Kelly is done here.

Posted by: shanks1 | August 12, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

"Malcolm Kelly is done here."

Yeah pretty much.

I still say that Vincent Jackson is going to be a Redskin his year.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 12, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

What is this need to draw praise out of a football? The next compliment to come out of my former high school coach will be also be his first.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 12, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

make that football COACH

Posted by: randysbailin | August 12, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Cooley and Davis better be on the field a lot or McNabb will be throwing a lot of balls into the stands.....

Posted by: randysbailin | August 12, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Devin is good in space w/ the ball in hand, but he can't create seperation in intermediate routes or going deep consistently. I'd like to see MK in the slot since he has the best hands and can use his frame as a possession receiver/move the chains guy (think of Jason Avant's role w/ the Eagles).

Posted by: bernard_thompson | August 12, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Go MSU! Go Spartans!! 'nuff said!!!

Posted by: bbirdy202 | August 12, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

"Malcolm Kelly is done here."

Yeah pretty much.

I still say that Vincent Jackson is going to be a Redskin his year.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 12, 2010 8:53 AM
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All we need is ANOTHER high priced headache. Let's stick to the plan and draft a WR next year.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 12, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

When i visited the came 2 saturdays ago Devin Thomas totally stunk it up in this Wr's drill he couldnt Catch a cold..Sad. Malcom was always our best chance but you cant make the club in the tub! Simple n Plain

Posted by: ccrum87 | August 12, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

yawn.... another lame pick by a dysfunctional organization. Place him next to the rest of the garbage on the list of garbage players you guys drafted over the years.

Posted by: cowboy4life | August 12, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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