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Coaches watching Devin Thomas closely

On Monday, Coach Mike Shanahan said little-used wide receiver Devin Thomas helped himself with his strong showing on kickoff returns in the opening victory.

Thomas has not been in the team's plans on offense since late in the preseason because, for the most part, he has not impressed the coaches with his overall approach toward his work. But Thomas averaged 38 yards on two kickoff returns against the Cowboys, and the Redskins' offense is in need of playmakers.

"It's evaluation," Shanahan said Wednesday. "As we talked about from the first day, we start OTAs [organized team activities], we go through camp and we are constantly evaluating these players. Guys that are on the scout team, the practice squad, I have had guys in the middle of the season we just took right off the practice squad because they looked so good.

"Everybody is trying to make their mark. If somebody is not getting a lot of repetition, what they try to do is either do it on the scout team or do it where coaches notice. If they do a good job, they get their opportunity to play."

Thomas did not play on offense against the Cowboys, but the Redskins expect him to be ready to contribute if they call on him Sunday against the Houston Texans at FedEx Field.

"Yeah, we expect him to help us all year, especially when he is dressing," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "If he is dressing, he has got to know all three [wide receiver] positions and we expect them to help him. He ran his tail off on the kickoff return and I loved watching him hit it. I think the more comfortable he gets with the offense, the more he will play like that with that speed and the speed that he has when it starts."

By Jason Reid  |  September 16, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
Categories:  Devin Thomas  
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Posted by: WRBD | September 16, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

good stuff...big fan of DT's potential...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"Coaches watching Devin Thomas closely"

Is it in the locker rooms? Because I think CP has a problem with you looking at packages in the locker room.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

This is the kind of comment that makes you wonder what the coaches are smoking. We have a 58 year old starting WR who did absolutely zilch against the Ccowboys. How much worse could DT have been? At least he gives you the potential for something. Call me crazy, but I might have had him in when we were knocking on the End Zone and couldn't score. Of course, throwing two consecutives fades to a 5 foot tall receiver was also a great idea, right up there with the swinging gate.

Posted by: Iamhumongous | September 16, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice to see him contribute. Just seems lke this is a step backwards. He must not be all that bright if Anthony Armstrong can come in and get reps right away and Devin can only get on the field for kickoffs. Doesn't say a lot about Devin.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 16, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I can't say what or how Devin has been performing when lining up at WR in practice, but I'm real happy with his efforts on returns. Hopefully he gets an opportunity to make plays on offense this week and takes advantage.

Posted by: walkdwalk | September 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I hope Thomas can contribute more on offence. I love him as a KR guy, if he can become a 3rd WR get 2 or 3 catches a game, then he won't be a star, but at least he wouldn't be a total bust.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Expect to see DT contribute a good deal this week, they're just trying to get him super focused and motivated. All part of the plan, let it play out.

Also, wondering if we have a Banks sighting this week?

Posted by: stevek20147 | September 16, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"Coaches watching Devin Thomas closely"

Is it in the locker rooms? Because I think CP has a problem with you looking at packages in the locker room.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 16, 2010 10:22 AM |

Isn't that Ines Sainz's job?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 16, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

It might be closing in on the time to snag Devin Thomas in your fantasy leagues as a potential sleeper down the road. This man will be starting by midseason. And a starting WR in a well-oiled Shanahan offense is a real weapon.

Posted by: psps23 | September 16, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Of course, throwing two consecutives fades to a 5 foot tall receiver was also a great idea, right up there with the swinging gate.

Posted by: Iamhumongous | September 16, 2010 10:27 AM

While we did end up throwing two consecutive corner fades to the same receiver, I was interested to hear Shanahan say that we had a different play called the second time. That particular route just happened to be the best option off the Dallas blitz.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 16, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Man, I hope Devin really starts to put on a show. I'm a big fan of the guy. His two big returns saved our butts. The offense had been pinned deep the entire game, and he finally gave us some breathing room. I really hope he takes some back to the house as well as more while running routes.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 16, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I happened to turn on the Junkies today. They were talking about DT. They mentioned that DT attended about 60% of the offseason program. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but if he missed enough of the program, DT could be in the doghouse for that reason alone.

Posted by: TWISI | September 16, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

This is the kind of comment that makes you wonder what the coaches are smoking. We have a 58 year old starting WR who did absolutely zilch against the Ccowboys. How much worse could DT have been? At least he gives you the potential for something. Call me crazy, but I might have had him in when we were knocking on the End Zone and couldn't score. Of course, throwing two consecutives fades to a 5 foot tall receiver was also a great idea, right up there with the swinging gate.

Posted by: Iamhumongous | September 16, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Is fairly simple. Is Devin Thomas more physically talented than any receiver we have? Yes of course he is. But the NFL is about more than physical talent. They need to be able to trust that he knows the gameplan, knows the offense, and will be in the right place at the right time. Galloway is not a better receiver than Thomas, but he's a veteran that they can trust will run the right routes. Every Sunday you see multiple instances of the receiver running the wrong route and an INT happening because the QB and the WR weren't on the same page and the QB threw the ball where the WR should have been. The coaches know that we're a better team than last year but still aren't capable of overcoming brain fart turnovers and until they can have complete confidence that DT11 is trustworthy from a mental perspective he will see limited action.

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 16, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It might be closing in on the time to snag Devin Thomas in your fantasy leagues as a potential sleeper down the road. This man will be starting by midseason. And a starting WR in a well-oiled Shanahan offense is a real weapon.

Posted by: psps23 | September 16, 2010 10:33 AM

Everyone is too busy scrambling for Austin Collie right now!...but you are right.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 16, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if players in the locker rooms actually ever mention, "You know Clinton, we are number x in the power rankings this week."


Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 16, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Maybe that's why Haynesworth looked like crap last week, now that we are higher in the rankings he'll perform a little better!

Posted by: monk811 | September 16, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

While we did end up throwing two consecutive corner fades to the same receiver, I was interested to hear Shanahan say that we had a different play called the second time. That particular route just happened to be the best option off the Dallas blitz.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 16, 2010 10:34 AM

Somehow, I don't see the ball coming out fast enough with that other qb we had. Would have been a sack for sure, turnover maybe. Instead we had a 50/50 shot at a td. HUGE improvement!

Posted by: stevek20147 | September 16, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Coaches watching Devin Thomas closely

By Jason Reid | September 16, 2010; 10:07 AM ET

Jason Reid is too dramatic. He makes it sound like the coaching staff is the FBI and DT is trying to flea the country or something, stick to copying and pasting, oops I mean reporting.

Thomas will come around but he needs the reps. It's getting to the end of the line with him, they should treat him like Sam Bradford in St. Louis, throw him out there to the wolves in the first team offense and see how he does. It could'nt be any worse than Galloway last week, you can't get negative catches, nothing is lower than zero!

Posted by: monk811 | September 16, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

While we did end up throwing two consecutive corner fades to the same receiver, I was interested to hear Shanahan say that we had a different play called the second time. That particular route just happened to be the best option off the Dallas blitz.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 16, 2010 10:34 AM

Actually Cooley said that on the second time he drew Brookings who was lined up inside of him. Cooley was running an out route. He's hoped McNabb saw the same match up as he did, because Cooley knew he'd be open. Sure enough watching the replay last night Cooley was open in the endzone.

Posted by: TWISI | September 16, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"I wonder if players in the locker rooms actually ever mention, "You know Clinton, we are number x in the power rankings this week."

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 16, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse"

Actually, I bet you they do.

I bet you they say "Nobody gives us respect. They don't think we can win the division. Even though we beat the Cowboys, they still think the Cowboys are better than us. Bulls***. It's time for us to prove everybody wrong. They won't know what'll hit them."

Posted by: psps23 | September 16, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Although I would have preferred a different off season move at the WR position, it didn’t happen. That said, put the guy in and force his play. Then you know what you have and can adjust accordingly.

Posted by: joe_king | September 16, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Last Sunday night was more of an indictment of Joey Galloway's ineffectiveness than Devin's participation in OTAs.

Why does Galloway get a pass for doing squat? If the situation were reversed DT would be getting killed by the media.

Thomas is faster, stronger and a better blocker than Galloway plus he seems to understand how to raise his game on Sundays. That's really all that should matter.

Posted by: elfreako | September 16, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

you are correct on all counts sir. at the risk of sounding rude, what's your point? No respect = chip on shoulder = team unity = good


Posted by: Notorious_LMG

My point is maybe,just once,when Dallas loses,can it be because they were beaten and not because "they helped themselves get beat".

Posted by: smittdiddy | September 16, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

1st fade should have been caught by AA, landed RIGHT in his hands....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 16, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Kick returns are a big responsibility and DT's doing a good job back there. He'll get more reps in the offense.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | September 16, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Last Sunday night was more of an indictment of Joey Galloway's ineffectiveness than Devin's participation in OTAs.

Why does Galloway get a pass for doing squat? If the situation were reversed DT would be getting killed by the media.

Thomas is faster, stronger and a better blocker than Galloway plus he seems to understand how to raise his game on Sundays. That's really all that should matter.

Posted by: elfreako | September 16, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas's potential clone plays for the Texans: Jacoby Jones. Like Jones, Thomas can be effective in the return game, as well as getting deep on offense or taking hitches/screens for long gains.
Devin is just not a great route runner to run outs or to find creates in zones.

Posted by: bernard_thompson | September 16, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm happy that we're not talking about that reporter chick anymore.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 16, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It might be closing in on the time to snag Devin Thomas in your fantasy leagues as a potential sleeper down the road. This man will be starting by midseason. And a starting WR in a well-oiled Shanahan offense is a real weapon.

Posted by: psps23 | September 16, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but this is one of the funniest things I've ever read. Who's in your fantasy league, DT's Mom, Dad, brother and 8 of his cousins?

This guy belongs on a respectable fantasy roster as much as Ricky Sanders, today.

I would not ad DT to my fantasy roster even if I had to start 9 WRs every week.

Huh?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | September 16, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

good stuff...big fan of DT's potential...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse


Everyone is a fan of his potential. We would like to become fans of his play.

Posted by: Original_etrod | September 16, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

DT keeps getting busy in the return game then his time will come in the offense. If shanny has shown anything it is that his trust does no come cheap.

Posted by: Stu27 | September 16, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

those fade routes were why we drafted the invisible MK12, but he cant seem to find the field...

Posted by: mhartz1 | September 16, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Devin will score a touchdown this Sunday: book it (he'll have to in order for the Skins to keep pace w/ the Texans). Another sleeper is Kevin Walter for the Texans...

Posted by: bernard_thompson | September 16, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps after they get rid of Tom Brady's face they can replace him with Keith Brooking. That would be lovely to look at for the next 3 months.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | September 16, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Devin will score a touchdown this Sunday: book it (he'll have to in order for the Skins to keep pace w/ the Texans). Another sleeper is Kevin Walter for the Texans...

Posted by: bernard_thompson | September 16, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm no doubting Thomas but I don't necessarily agree with DT being faster than Geriatric Joey. Galloway is still a straight-ahead speed merchant who can create separation or at least draw coverage/safeties deep. Guys like DT and Malcom Smelly have to realize that you can make it to the NFL on talent alone but once you get here, everybody's awesome and you actually have to work at your craft if you want to start every week.

That said, if I were some punk 21 or 22 year old and you handed me a check for a couple mil, I'd be dead in a week.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 16, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

1st fade should have been caught by AA, landed RIGHT in his hands....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 16, 2010 10:54 AM

It did, but just nanoseconds after he had pulled his arm free from the cornerback's arm rake/grab. I think it was just enough to mess him up. Those two plays are really interesting. Nice passes, good routes, effective (if not 100% clean)cornerback play. Frustrating from our standpoint, but great examples of how much better the football is on Sundays than Saturdays.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 16, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: alex35332 | September 16, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

those fade routes were why we drafted the invisible MK12

Posted by: mhartz1 | September 16, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

We have some players with super powers:

Malcom Kelley: Invisibility and Bones made of Playdough

Carlos Rogers: Hands of stone, being able to drop a ball in a single jump

Chris Cooley: Loose Lips, revealing our game plan in a single interview

Albert Haynesworth: Bottomless Pit, emptying a buffet line in a single sitting

Too bad these powers suck, Vinny must have been like Cryptonite!

Posted by: monk811 | September 16, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Old man Galloway was so fast he ran himself into 0 catches week 1.

Just sayin NPI, if Thomas started that game do you think he would have gone catchless?

Posted by: elfreako | September 16, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Right now, Galloway's advantage over Devin and the others is the confidence of the coaches. They know what he can do and he understands what they're looking for. Not so with Devin. Probably smart to leave him on special teams for a while and let him build some confidence of his own.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 16, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"We have a 58 year old starting WR who did absolutely zilch against the Ccowboys."

Posted by: Iamhumongous
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HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! That's some funny ish right there!

Posted by: BenThere | September 16, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell would have pulled in that fade.

Say, when does Plaxico get out of jail? We missed on Vick but maybe we won't make that mistake twice.

Posted by: Iamhumongous | September 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

It's my understanding that the Redskins are bringing in Chris Carter and Terry Glenn to push Galloway for a roster spot. Maybe then they'll try Hopalong Cassady.

(Come on Buckeye alums, help me out with way-past-their-prime OSU receivers that can impress with their offseason workouts!)

Posted by: ShovelPlease | September 16, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

David Boston

Posted by: bernard_thompson | September 16, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

This coaching staff is probably thinking what in the hell were they doing with these two(Kid&Play)last year and the year before, one has been a walking mash unit the other bordering on a total bust.Devin Thomas gave the team good field position on two returns and hopefully he'll earn himself some playing time because Joey Galloway's got no business on the field period, i mean nice guy and a total pro but in all due respect his best years are in the rear view mirror.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 16, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

They don't like this "approach to his work"?
What does that mean? He doesn't put in enough time, doesn't do the right things? This sounds more like an excuse or a euphemism. I don't know if mccardell is experienced enough as a coach to get the best out of DT.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 16, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Iamhumongous wrote: This is the kind of comment that makes you wonder what the coaches are smoking. We have a 58 year old starting WR who did absolutely zilch against the Ccowboys. How much worse could DT have been? At least he gives you the potential for something. Call me crazy, but I might have had him in when we were knocking on the End Zone and couldn't score. Of course, throwing two consecutives fades to a 5 foot tall receiver was also a great idea, right up there with the swinging gate.
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Wow this was the only comment I needed to read! I'm happy to see that I not the only onbe fed up with these pea-brained coaches and their 'mysterious' coach speak -- give it a rest, people; an 8 year old kid could see the 'Skins have no other options at receiver other than Devin and Santana; Galloway? Really?! Just cut the charade and put the kid in. Idiots!

Posted by: guisher | September 16, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I sat in the stands last year and watched DT play great against the Saints. I can't believe the player I saw that day can't beat out a "has been" (sorry, but it's true Joey) and a "never was".

Posted by: EStBnd | September 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Has Shanahan not reviewed last years game film? Is it me or did Devin not carry the offense from the mid point through the end of last season? Thomas was a monster, relatively speaking in an shallow offense. He became the "Go To" guy. He scored touchdowns, he made the 3rd down catches and he ran over some folks. Davis played well too! Or did I dream all of that?

Posted by: NCskinsfan1 | September 16, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

DT does not get separation, does run routes well, and has been inconsistent. You can say Galloway is old or has been or whatever but if DT was such a beast (to quote one of the comments) how come he can't beat out any of the other receivers.

He has had plenty of opportunities practice and games over the past few years to be a go-to guy. If you actually watched him try to get off the line, get separation and run correct route you will find that he has problems in all 3 areas.

I would love to see the guy step up because EVERYONE is tired of potential. He needs to man-up and do the basics.

Posted by: jonesh4 | September 16, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Armstrong in my opinion ran the fade route incorrectly. He gave enough space for the throw to the sideline(unlike Kelly who always botched that part of it)but he turned the wrong way. He should face the sideline so that the defender cannot reach the ball to deflect without interfering. Also turning to the sideline makes placing the feet inbounds somewhat easiier.

Sadly, Marko Mitchell is probably better than any receiver on this team except Moss.

Posted by: puttforever | September 16, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember the New Orleans game last year....hello. DT had a breackout game with over 100 yards and a couple of TDs. We've seen what he can do, so what's the problem Shanny, let the kid play.

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | September 16, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

DT will play and have 3-4 catches with one being a TD. Book it.

Posted by: jnsbear | September 16, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Devin is a bust...he's another Desmond Howard. Oh, that's right Desmond was a #1 pick not a #2. Looking at that way, he is better than Desmond Howard. Or should it not as big of a watsed pick......

Posted by: jmeaicp | September 16, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Armstrong in my opinion ran the fade route incorrectly. He gave enough space for the throw to the sideline(unlike Kelly who always botched that part of it)but he turned the wrong way. He should face the sideline so that the defender cannot reach the ball to deflect without interfering. Also turning to the sideline makes placing the feet inbounds somewhat easiier.

Sadly, Marko Mitchell is probably better than any receiver on this team except Moss.

Posted by: puttforever | September 16, 2010 6:07 PM
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I wholeheartedly disagree. On a fade route in the endzone the receiver is best positioned by allowing the QB to throw it over his outside shoulder and then turning and jumping with his face to the ball. If the defender hits the receiver without looking back at the ball, it's first and 1 from the 1. Otherwise, the receiver has much better hands facing forward and it will allow the receiver to tap his feet and secure the ball without the defender being able to grip his elbows and rip the ball down.

also, he DID face the sideline [on both attempts] just like you suggest and he didn't catch the ball.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | September 17, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Devin is a bust...he's another Desmond Howard. Oh, that's right Desmond was a #1 pick not a #2. Looking at that way, he is better than Desmond Howard. Or should it not as big of a watsed pick......
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Desmond Howard caught 40 passes in his 3rd year with the Redskins and 23 passes in his 2nd season for a total of 66 passes in 3 years to go along with 43 kick returns and 6 punt returns.

Desmond Howard had over 2,000 yards of total offense and 6 touchdowns in his 3 seasons in DC.

DT has 40 passes in 2 seasons, to go along with 20 kick returns for a total of 900 yards of total offense. Unless DT has at least 1100 yards of total offense this season, he is worse than Desmond Howard.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | September 17, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

If DT was on another team he would be a starter. Period. We need to get over this not trusting young player bull. This is the NFL. How is a player going to excell without playing time. Look at Philly's Desean Jackson he was drafted and has been a part of the offense from day one. If we would have drafted him he would have been a bench warmer. While Vets get a free pass. Its obvious that come game day he shows up regardless. They have more faith in Malcolm Kelly who has not showed anything in any game since we drafted him. Sorry but I'll take the guy that plays great on Sunday over the guy that practices great Monday thru Friday but doesn't show up on Sunday.

Posted by: RealOne1 | September 17, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

He looked like a locomotive returning those kickoffs. I hope he can contribute at WR.

Posted by: dcc1968 | September 17, 2010 3:16 AM | Report abuse

OK listen up.

Desmond Howard was the #1 overall pick.

Devin Thomas WAS NOT the second overall pick!!! he was picked in the second rd! Big difference! At least know what you're talking about before trying to make a point!!!

Posted by: skins91r | September 17, 2010 4:18 AM | Report abuse

I wholeheartedly disagree. On a fade route in the endzone the receiver is best positioned by allowing the QB to throw it over his outside shoulder and then turning and jumping with his face to the ball. If the defender hits the receiver without looking back at the ball, it's first and 1 from the 1. Otherwise, the receiver has much better hands facing forward and it will allow the receiver to tap his feet and secure the ball without the defender being able to grip his elbows and rip the ball down.

also, he DID face the sideline [on both attempts] just like you suggest and he didn't catch the ball.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | September 17, 2010 12:05 AM

Maybe my TV is different but upon further review Armstrong turned to the inside both times even as he was drifting to the sideline. Maybe AA is not comfortable turning left, and that is why he turned toward the goal posts(right). Check it again on DVR or TIVO.

Posted by: puttforever | September 17, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather have a guy who busts his tail-end off and earns his place in the offense (Armstrong) than a talented, dumb, slacker (Thomas).

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 17, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I wholeheartedly disagree. On a fade route in the endzone the receiver is best positioned by allowing the QB to throw it over his outside shoulder and then turning and jumping with his face to the ball. If the defender hits the receiver without looking back at the ball, it's first and 1 from the 1. Otherwise, the receiver has much better hands facing forward and it will allow the receiver to tap his feet and secure the ball without the defender being able to grip his elbows and rip the ball down.

also, he DID face the sideline [on both attempts] just like you suggest and he didn't catch the ball.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | September 17, 2010 12:05 AM

Maybe my TV is different but upon further review Armstrong turned to the inside both times even as he was drifting to the sideline. Maybe AA is not comfortable turning left, and that is why he turned toward the goal posts(right). Check it again on DVR or TIVO.

Posted by: puttforever | September 17, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of which way he turned, isn't it great that we now have a QB with the touch to make that throw?

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 17, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Jason I wish the WP would re-assign you. You opinions are mud.

Posted by: Budpratt1 | September 17, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

LoL...someone said DT had a breakout game in New Orleans and that proves that he should be in starting line-up. The other comment was he is not being given the chance since he is young..LoL

One game does not mean consistency and can't use the accuse he is not getting a chance because he is young. If I am not mistaken Armstrong is young and he actually earned his way from the PRACTICE squad roster. He was not top 2nd round pick with a lot of hype and potential.

I think every fan wants DT to contribute and be a star (or average receiver who produces 3 to 4 catches at minimum) but obviously he has not earned or proved anything close to all the tools and talent that he possess.

Posted by: jonesh4 | September 17, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of which way he turned, isn't it great that we now have a QB with the touch to make that throw?

Posted by: jboogie1

McNabb is clearly an upgrade because of his pocket presence and unquestionable leadership qualities.

But to take it one step further, on an earlier pass to armstrong on the left side of the field , he turned right on a sideline pattern. Santana Moss made a first down on a similar pattern by turning left.

Some years ago, Ray Berry the Baltimore Colt legend, said that there were six basic catches for a receiver to make, and most receivers in the NFL only could perform three of them.

Posted by: puttforever | September 17, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow - coaches are still deciding whether Thomas will dress on Sundays? That is just rediculous. Gotta consider Thomas to be a bust.

Posted by: coparker5 | September 17, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas is the most physically talented receiver we have. He may not be the best student of the game. So when we get to the 20 yard line, put a red arm band on his left arm, and a green arm band on his right arm. Then call the play. "Devin Thomas RED", or "Devin Thomas GREEN". Then throw the ball. Over the defensive backs head. Simple.

Posted by: jburnetti | September 18, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

scroo all that shanahan politics: put the kid on the field and live with what he brings!!!

Posted by: dcjazzman | September 18, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

re: "Devin is just not a great route runner to run outs or to find creates in zones..."

so what? he's got a new qb, a new coordinator and a another new system. he's the fastest guy on the squad: let him play and live with his mistakes. he ain't no "possession receiver." he's a possible game breaker almost every time he touches the ball. there is often, if not always- a tradeoff between desired precison and meeting specification within limits. you know that record by Billy Paul? Let 'em in!

Posted by: dcjazzman | September 18, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

please stop bringing up marko mitchell: he's in the same predicament all those quarterbacks so many of you LOVED are in: outta here.

Posted by: dcjazzman | September 19, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

yes Marko mitchell is gone, but he at least knew how to run a fade pattern. Who else who is with the team does? And whatever reasons there were to cut him are unknown to the fans. I for one do not think coaches are infallible---they make mistakes at times ,too.

Posted by: puttforever | September 19, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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