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Devin Thomas's nap



UPDATE: Devin Thomas explains the incident to LaVar and Dukes.

Like any good Redskins-interested Twitter addict, I well remember when Brandon Banks tweeted this photo of Devin Thomas apparently nodding off during a team meeting. Banks quickly followed up by saying that people were taking him too literally and that the photo was taken during a break, and then he evidently deleted the original tweet.

But nothing on the Internet dies, which is how I came to again be staring at this photo on Monday, a few days after it became real news, possibly related to Thomas's release. From Jason Reid:

An incident during a meeting in the preseason probably did not help Thomas improve his standing with the Shanahans.

As Thomas slept in the meeting, rookie wideout-punt returner Brandon Banks used his cell phone to take a picture of Thomas. Banks then transmitted the picture via Twitter. After team officials informed Shanahan of what occurred, Banks quickly deleted the picture from his Twitter account.

Could that have been a contributing factor to Thomas's release?

"I'm not really sure," Thomas said. "I mean, you know, if I shouldn't have been [sleeping] ... it looks bad for both sides. If I'm sleeping or him have a phone in the meeting ... I wouldn't say that's something you'd hold against a competitor.

"That's not something you'd hold against someone playing football and trying to make plays. But it doesn't even really matter now. That's in the past and they made their decision, so it's not something that matters."

Gaaaah. Just all around, that quote is a gaaaaah. Incidentally, another wide receiver -- Anthony Armstrong, who's one of the best quotes and nicest guys in that locker room -- was on the Junkies last week, and talked at length about film study.

"Shoot, it's gonna be humbling, but you've got to check your ego at the door, you've got to know that yeah, you made a mistake, but you've got to be man enough to just take it," he said. "You can't go in there being a little softie."

Then he was asked whether it ever gets boring.

"I'm not gonna lie, man, it gets a little boring when you see that film going," Armstrong said. "I stole a couple Zs."

This was before the Thomas nap news became big, and so it was a jovial exchange, filled with laughter and merriment. And Armstrong was then asked who else falls asleep.

"I mean, I'm pretty sure everybody's probably caught a little heavy eyes every now and again," he said. "I mean, that's just a part of the business. It happens to everybody."

(With help from @AngryBlkManDC)

By Dan Steinberg  | October 11, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
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Comments

He was just doing his best Fred Davis impression.

Posted by: NFeKPo | October 11, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh Dan. Now you're really opened a can of worms.

Soon enough a certain poster will be here telling you how Devin Thomas never got a fair shake, how he'll be a 15-time Pro Bowler, how he'll be a unanimous selection to the HOF, how he'll pass Jerry Rice in all receiving categories, etc. Oh and he'll tell us how Danny Snyder is the best guy on the planet and the "liberal" Washington Post never will give him a chance.

Nevermind that Shannahan basically said Thomas isn't even committed to being a pro, a certain poster here obviously knows more about football, Devin Thomas, putting together a football team than Mike Shannahan and Bruce Allen does.

Oh and the same poster will talk about how Vinny Cerrato is still a great GM.

Oh, and I don't wish death upon anybody I just wanted everyone to see the horrible words that that other poster said about our loveable loser.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

They ought to ban Poopy from this site permanently for his borderline criminal cyber bullying. Re-posting a comment encouraging people to commit suicide by pointing the gun at themself and not to miss this time? You are a sick sob.

Posted by: jason_s | October 11, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

THESE COACHS HAD IT IN FOR DEVIN THOMAS AND IT SHOULD BE STATED THAT THATS Y HES NO LONGER A SKIN

-- L. Arrington via his Twitter.

Prob just trying to stir up controversy for his radio show. Why does dude always yell? Steinz, can you educate LA on proper use of caps on the Internet? He obviously missed the memo back in 1991.

Posted by: dpkennedy | October 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey pal I didn't type those words. I wanted everyone who may have missed it to see just how sick of a person that one poster was.

I'm on Barno's side on this one. He's a good guy. Very misguided in his asinine posts but a good guy nonetheless.

Get off your sanctimonious high house jason.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Glad Coach Shanahan wasn't my professor for state and local govt 101. Slept through a majority of those classes.

Posted by: datgoodmattycos | October 11, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Since we're still talking about ex-Redskins, and since Steinz likes to point out every time Campbell has a bad game, is there a forthcoming post on the Oakland/SD game? Apparently Campbell and Cartwright both played well.

Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% happy to have McNabb over Campbell, but fair's fair!

Posted by: AdamCr | October 11, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh Dan. Now you're really opened a can of worms.

Soon enough a certain poster will be here telling you how Devin Thomas never got a fair shake, how he'll be a 15-time Pro Bowler, how he'll be a unanimous selection to the HOF, how he'll pass Jerry Rice in all receiving categories, etc. Oh and he'll tell us how Danny Snyder is the best guy on the planet and the "liberal" Washington Post never will give him a chance.

Nevermind that Shannahan basically said Thomas isn't even committed to being a pro, a certain poster here obviously knows more about football, Devin Thomas, putting together a football team than Mike Shannahan and Bruce Allen does.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 1:38 PM

Yeah, you were right Poopp. "A certain poster" does think he knows more about football than Bruce Allena and Mike Shannahan:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/hard-hits/2010/10/some_questions_about_mike_shan.html

Funny how you aren't telling him to put a gun to his head and kill himself though, nor are you saying things like that to the dozens, if not hundreds, of other commenters on the Redskins Insider who, like me, thought the Redskins made a mistake by cutting Thomas.

Also funny how you, in your warped world, it's okay to think you know more than Gary Williams about putting together a basketball team, but it's not okay for me to disagree with Shanahan/Allen about Devin Thomas's skills. You couldn't be a bigger hypocrite (and moron) if you tried Poopy.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrance Limpies Pass on Thomas

Dateline: Fictionsville, Maryland

Long the final destination for former Redskins not fit for even the Oakland Raiders, the Leigh Torrance Limpies have disclosed to this reporter that they won't make a move on Devin Thomas.

"We took a long look at that image of Thomas sleeping through a meeting and we just can't have that on our team," noted the unidentified source. "Why, we have to have players who actually sleep on the field for us to consider him for our roster."

We are still waiting to see if Thomas considers wearing black and silver as fitting in with his new modeling and dancing career. Perhaps he'll need to sharpen up his whining skills to make their roster.

Posted by: laserwizard | October 11, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

What's funny Barno is that for so long I've read you bash LaVar, yet now finally when he says something you agree with, you're ready to anoint him the best blogger ever.

Plus I've never said anyone should ever put a gun to their head. Violence is bad mm-kay.

Oh and Barno, if your boyfriend Devin Thomas is so good, why can't he even get a workout with the pathetic Rams?

Snap
Crackle
Pop!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I have always said Lavar was one of my favorite Redskins ever and my only criticism over the years was that he couldn't see how wrong he was in believing Snyder stole $6 million from him. Then last week Lavar said he was putting his personal beef with Snyder to rest. So I have no more issues with him, since he seems to now accept that the disagreement over the $6 million was simply a miscommunication on his agent's part and not thoroughly reading the contract, and nothing more.

As for Devin Thomas, your comments are comical. You really are digging yourself a deeper and deeper hole on this Poopy. No one seriously believes Thomas won't be signed. Well, no one but you Poopy. But do you even really believe that? Or is it that you can't seem to post anything on this website unless it's an attack on something I wrote?

Your obssession with me is beyond weird.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Brett Favre is one of the classiest guys in all of sports and has done nothing wrong in the last several off-seasons. The problem is with the media's reporting of false rumors, not with anything Favre has done. He should be able to decide when he wants to retire on whatever timetable he is most comfortable with--he has earned that right with the HOF career he has had.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 4, 2010 1:22 PM

So I guess "classy" is being married and trying to hit on other women, continuing to hit on those women when they rebuff your adulterous attempts, and "classy" must definitely be sending pictures of your junk to those same women who rebuffed you to begin with, right?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Woah. Poopy really does have some issues. I'm guessing you are a lonely single guy who a) is alone b) doesn't have a lot of friends and c) has an awful lot of time on your hands.

Posted by: jason_s | October 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't think DT will get signed by anyone either. So, that's at least 2 of us.

Posted by: unquiltom | October 11, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

unquiltom, you also said on these blogs that it "made no sense" to sign Brandon Banks, so I'm going to go way out on a limb and say you'll also turn out to be painfully wrong about Thomas not being signed.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

30 games 40 catches 3 td's and a cameo in Fantasia's Bittersweet video. Why is this guy even a topic? Seriously we won yesterday, and we are blogging about a guy who is not even on our team. As a matter of fact, he's not on any team.

Posted by: janderson2621891 | October 11, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

It's not taking away from the win...it's a totally different subject really. I think he's a topic because a lot of Skins fans disagreed with cutting him (actually, most skins fans disagreed from what I can tell, as evidenced by listening to sports talk radio callers and reading the comments of the WaPo blogs). It's rare that most Skins fans agree on anything, but it's interesting that most of us agree on Thomas.

And...we'll see if he turns into the next Brandon Lloyd.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh and Barno, if your boyfriend Devin Thomas is so good, why can't he even get a workout with the pathetic Rams?

Snap
Crackle
Pop!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 2:33 PM

I don't think DT will get signed by anyone either. So, that's at least 2 of us.

Posted by: unquiltom | October 11, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

As of 4:10 p.m. today, Devin Thomas was signed by the Carolina Panthers.

Wow, it sure didn't take very long for you two to look like idiots.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaaa! Poopy you just got schooled. Looks like barno was right about D Thomas and Poopy was way off. The funny thing is, if Barno had spoken out in favor of the Redskins cutting Devin Thomas, Poopy would no doubt be on here complaining that Barno always support every stupid decision the Redskins make. You just can't win with clowns like Poopy, they doesn't even believe the things they say most of the time...they just need the attention.

Posted by: jason_s | October 11, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Johnson cut former #1 pick LB John Roper after falling asleep in a team meeting with the Cowboys.

Successful coaches are successful because they weed out the players that don't really want to put in the time and make the commitment to achieving something as a team.

How many players did Vince Lombardi get rid of when he came to Washington?

I recall that Joe Gibbs and Bobby Beathard completely gutted the offensive line in 1981 after the unit's poor play in 1980 under Jack Pardee.

Several veterans were sent packing.

That's the way it is in the NFL when there is coaching turnover or an established coach is trying to send a message.

In Thomas' case, Shanahan didn't draft him and had no investment in him one way or the other.

When he failed to come around and perform as expected he was put on the block and then cut when no one was willing to give up a pick.

It is telling, though, that Justin Tryon and Jason Campbell were guys that the Redskins were able to trade for a draft pick while NO ONE was willing to offer anything for Devin Thomas.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 11, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, even the Rams didn't want Thomas so he had to sign with the WINLESS Panthers. Of course this won't keep certain posters from continuing to worship the dude.

And comparing him to Brandon Lloyd? Wahahahahahahahahah.

Wake me up when Brandon's induced into the HOF.

I also noticed a certain poster didn't have the strength to defend his "Brett Favre is classy" post. Wonder why......

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Barno1 yeah I can see where you are coming from now. I was once on the Devin Thomas bandwagon. A lot of fans here seem to build up certain players. People here died for ladell betts to start over portis. They cried for Darnarian McCants years ago. They fell for Marco Mitchell last year. They just knew Patrick Ramsey was the next big thing. They said if Campbell had a line he would be great too. Do you remember the kid from Hawaii? Colt Brennan. Yeah they thought he should start too. Geez they even cried for Marcus Mason to be a starter. With that being said our fans have not been the best at picking our players. And as far as Brandon Lloyd goes this guy left 3 years ago, and has been below average for 7 years. Even a blind squirel finds a nut sometimes.

Posted by: janderson2621891 | October 11, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | August 4, 2010 1:22 PM

So I guess "classy" is being married and trying to hit on other women, continuing to hit on those women when they rebuff your adulterous attempts, and "classy" must definitely be sending pictures of your junk to those same women who rebuffed you to begin with, right?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Way to take twist a comment made several months before news broke of ALLEGED adulterous by Favre as if I said this today. I guess you believe every single rumor you read on the interweb Poopy, eh?

Seriously, you're beyond an idiot. Every single time you try to make some kind of relevant point, it backfires on you. "No one wants Devin Thomas" except that he signed less than 10 minutes after he cleared waivers. "Gary Williams should be booted from UMD" except then he goes on to win ACC coach of the year. "I hope Grievis Vasquez doesn't come back for his senior year" Oh except he did come back and won ACC Player of the Year.

No matter what you say, no matter what you do, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR COMMENTS ARE IDIOTIC AND POINTLESS.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Rod Gardner was cut?

All that hand-wringing about him going somewhere else and being a star.

As it turned out he went to Green Bay for half a season and then was cut. He was soon out of the league.

Folks here in DC are always looking over their shoulder, afraid that ANY player cut by the Redskins will be the next Charley Taylor or Art Monk somewhere else.

Relax people.

Focus on what the 53 players on the Redskins are doing.

Not on what one bonehead WAS doing before he got cut.

In case you missed it the Redskins just beat Green Bay and McNabb threw for 357 yards.

So, Devin Thomas was really missed in the game wasn't he? :-)

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 11, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Barno, give me a ring when your boyfriend DT is leading the Panthers to the playoffs or gets inducted into the HOF.

So sad that you defend this guy who hasn't contributed jacksquat to any NFL team and is actually caught napping during team meetings.

Yet you and your sidekick jason think the dude is the next Jerry Rice when in actuality he's the next Jerry's kid.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

So sad that you defend this guy who hasn't contributed jacksquat to any NFL team and is actually caught napping during team meetings.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 5:22 PM

According to Steinberg's post "the photo was taken during a break." Guess the blog dictator Poopy either A) has serious reading comprehension issues, or B) thinks Devin Thomas shouldn't be allowed to do whatever he wants during his break. Also, according to Steinberg's post, Armstrong admitted to napping at Redskins Park as well. Lol...the more you comment Poopy, the dumber you come off. Probably best for you to just stop your endless charade, but we all know you can't.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

We get it Barno, we really do. If Thomas turns out to be a dud (which he has so far) it won't speak well of your hero Vinny Cerrato. Thomas will just be another, in a VERY LONG LINE, of failed Vinny Cerrato picks.

And you can't stomach that, being that you'll defend Kindergarten Ninja, tooth and nail until the end of time. And another failed draft pick by your BFF is just something you can't live with.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Also, from the "comments" I've seen it seems like a fairly large group of people (at least on Redskins Insider) think Thomas being cut is no biggie and he won't amount to much anyway.

Of course certain posters don't show their face over on RI after they made ridiculous proclamations about the 'Skins last year that blew up in their face. So I can understand why they'd "think" most fans are so, oh so very, upset to see a Vinny Cerrato bust, be cut.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

You guys sound like girls...all of you except janderson....he couldn't be more right.
Coaches dont cut talented players for falling asleep in meeting...they cut them for repeat offenses.

Posted by: wewbank1 | October 11, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

You guys sound like girls...all of you except janderson....he couldn't be more right.
Coaches dont cut talented players for falling asleep in meeting...they cut them for repeat offenses.

Posted by: wewbank1 | October 11, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's not kick a man while he's down. That's not the Redskins' way.
HTTR

Posted by: luvdc808 | October 11, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Poopy is an idiot. Dude just go away already

Posted by: this_guy | October 11, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Who's Devon Thomas?

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | October 11, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

It's not taking away from the win...it's a totally different subject really. I think he's a topic because a lot of Skins fans disagreed with cutting him (actually, most skins fans disagreed from what I can tell, as evidenced by listening to sports talk radio callers and reading the comments of the WaPo blogs). It's rare that most Skins fans agree on anything, but it's interesting that most of us agree on Thomas.

And...we'll see if he turns into the next Brandon Lloyd.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 4:19 PM

i don't necessarily disagree w/ thomas being cut because he had a problem grasping the playbook and his route running wasn't that great. i would've preferred that he stayed on the team and roydell williams be cut but the difference between shanahan and the rest of us is he's making the personnel call so it reall doesn't matter whether we agree or not w/ the decision. and as for brandon lloyd, i've always believed that he was a pretty good player. he put up some decent numbers in san fran and when we got him, he had a problem staying healty and when he was healthy, we either didn't play him or we didn't use him properly...just like adam archuleta. lloyd is in a system very similar to san fran's and now he's showing what he can do...good for him. we all can see that haslett is using landry the way he should've been used all along...as a strong safety. playing close to the line and stuffing the run, not putting him in coverage. blache misused several players and his "bend but don't break" philosophy, while ranking high every season didn't yield many turnovers. so far, we have at least 1 turnover per game this season. even randy moss was considered washed up when he was in oakland because they didn't use him properly. he goes to the pats and he played at the pro bowl level like he did in minnesota. perhaps thomas will go to another team and he'll learn some discipline. he'll develope stronger filmroom study habits and he'll have a productive career. i wish him all the best. this is a wake up call for him and if by chance we pick him back up, hopefully he'll prove that he has what it takes to be a redskin. i admit though, he had the explosive ferocity on kick returns that we sorely lacked unlike randle el. thomas didn't dance and i respected that. he went straight ahead.

Posted by: charronegro1971 | October 11, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

seems i spoke too soon...carolina picked up thomas. let's all see what he can do.

Posted by: charronegro1971 | October 11, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

No coach worth anything would "have it in" for any player that was able to help the team win. Devin Thomas has done nothing to help us win. Thats why Armstrong came in and stole his spot. Thats why 65 year old Joey Galloway came in and stole his spot. That is why, unless he changes his ways, we will never hear from him again. He is our Matt Leinart.

Posted by: jcanning1 | October 11, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

why is @angryblkmandc contributing when he is a cowgirls fan?

Posted by: remarkable4real | October 12, 2010 2:41 AM | Report abuse

I don't think many Redskins fans thought Devin Thomas was a great receiver or the answer to our prayers ... we're just baffled that he didn't get a little bit of playing time before he got cut.

We have one of the worst receiving corps in the league. Our 2nd and 3rd WR's have done less in 5 games combined than Devin did in just a couple of games last year. The guys big, tall and fast ... and when we're 0 for 15 on our endzone corner fade routes this year, and the big glaring piece we're misssing is another decent WR ... Yea, it would have made perfect sense to put him out there for a few plays and see if he could help.

They say they've been trying to trade him since the preseason. That's makes no sense either, because you'd want to showcase him a little to increase his worth.

It's just odd the way it all went down, and you have to think that Devin did something we're not hearing about, to get that deep into Shannahan's doghouse.

Unfortunately for Devin, Carolina's passing attack is not exactly a great place for him to go shine right now. The QB's a mess.

And you can't help but question some of Shanahan's personel moves this season ... after all of the house cleaning they did, how many solid new players would you say we've picked up from it all? Maybe 2 or 3 ... tops?

Posted by: FootballCardSnatcher | October 12, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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