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Could Devin Thomas finally see time?

Through two games last year, receiver Devin Thomas had zero yards on zero catches and, in fact, had yet to set foot on the field during a regular season game. A year later, Thomas says that he's "older, more wise, played in games. I feel a lot better than last year."

But through two games with Mike Shanahan, Thomas's production as a receiver is the same: no catches, no yards, no role in the offense. There's a slight chance that changes this Sunday at St. Louis.

First-year receiver Anthony Armstrong missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday because of a groin injury. While Shanahan said Armstrong is improving, if the groin is still bothering him Sunday, Thomas could get called into action.

"If I'm out there, it's really time to make it shine," Thomas said.

Coaches have been talking about Thomas's progress since the regular season began, but it's yet to make a difference on the depth chart, where Thomas is still stuck behind Armstrong and Roydell Williams.

"He's doing better," said offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. "He's running a lot on scout team. He comes in there and helps us out. He's getting better each day."

While coaches have talked about Thomas's consistency, asked what he needs to do to improve, the third-year receiver says, "just pushing to my depth and everything. just the way this offense is ran, just making sure it's the way they want it to be ran."

His special teams contributions have been valuable thus far. Among specialists who've registered at least three kickoff returns through the first two games, Thomas is third in the league with a 28.4-yard return average. All five of his returns, in fact, have been for at least 20 yards.

To his credit, Thomas has maintained a positive attitude. He says he's working hard and figures his time will come soon enough.

"Everything will be okay," he said. "Everything will be okay."

By Rick Maese  | September 24, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anthony Armstrong, Devin Thomas  
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"just the way this offense is ran, just making sure it's the way they want it to be ran."

Most important qoute in this post. This is what Shanny is about.

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 24, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Portis averages 1200 yards a year, but he sucks

and Haynesworth sucks

and big mike williams is great

Kareem Moore is great without ever proving it

Moss is great even when he gets completeky shut out

Rogers sucks cause he can't catch

mcNabb shannahan = super bowl dynasty

brandon Banks is great

mcIntosh has a bad knee, even though he doesn't miss time

de'angelo Hall is ME angelo hall

Fred Davis sucks, then he's great (trade Cooley), now sucks again

just refreshing my memory

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 24, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Love the positive attitude.

HTTR

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 24, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for getting me back up to speed pabrian

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Dallas 35-7 too Ryp...loved being there that night...dallas fans pouring out at half!!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 9:45 AM |

Remembered that one as soon as I clicked "submit".. I was there too. The crowd was about as loud as I've ever heard it at Fedex. We were up 35-0 and Dallas had a 4th and goal and the crowd was deafening. They scored, unfortunately.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 24, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

good stuff, I'm a big DT fan, want to see him get some balls thrown his way.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 24, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Is it just the Shanny's being stubborn with DT or what? I remember a ton of us at RI being confused about Fred Davis not getting a chance, and when he was finally used, he caught 6 TD's. Thomas is really talented -- see the Saints game last year. He should be playing a lot more...

Posted by: mattylight | September 24, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I was cringing watching him trying to dump to the HB. Don't do that! lol. You see Caveman getting outlet receptions now. When have you seen THAT before?

It'll be interesting to see what they come up with... I"m honestly not that optimistic.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 24, 2010 10:06 AM |

still d0uchin' it up huh Pa Brian? At least your a consistent ass hole. Go troll someone elses blog would ya? You're not liked or wanted here.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 24, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

25 carries?

...The last time we gave CP26 the ball this many times we WON the game. Keiland Williams has ZERO carries this year. we have not tried to run the ball so far.

Posted by: Stu27 | September 24, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse


OK. A bit of perspective here.

You are referring to last season's game against the Tampa Bay Bucs when CP had 25 carries for 98 yards.

The Bucs finished 2009 in LAST place in rushing defense surrendering 158 rushing yards per game and 4.8 ypc.

So, the fact that CP could not break 100 yards against the Bucs and averaged about 1 fewer ypc than what they were surrendering on average, actually does not bode well for your argument. All it indicates is that starting from last season CP started to tail-off in his production.

Did we win the game?

Yes. We won 16-13 against a horrible team when Jason Campbell threw a couple TDs after helping to put the team in hole with several turnovers.

The story of the game was not CP's running.

Posted by: p1funk | September 24, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse


@monk811

I agree about AH. Not going to the Texans game really showed what a looser he is. Doesn't care at all about his teamates.

Posted by: jacksonalex | September 24, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse


Guys, are we just realizing that AH does not care about this team?

Posted by: p1funk | September 24, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

No, I knew he didn't care about this team. I just think it takes an awful lot of balls to not even show up to the stadium for a game, I don't care if you are playing or not!
The dude ain't really hurting the team, the players seem pretty focused, but he's hurting himself. Not showing up and not caring will make the coaching staff NOT want to trust him and play him a lot when he does get healthy. Plus, even if we were to trade him, who's gonna put up with this mess? All of the teams know that he doesn't care and didn't show up last week, they don't want him. So Fat Al is stuck in limbo, burning bridges here, but other teams see his laziness and don't want to trade for him. Looks like we're stuck with the big waste of space. I'm more depressed than a constipated Poopy.....

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Jaworski on Kornheiser saying film showd that last Sunday's was DM5's best game ever as a pro.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I want this guy to be good, I really do. He looks the part. But what the hell is wrong with him? Why can't he crack the starting line up? Is learning the offense that hard for him?

Posted by: mack1 | September 24, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Because it's only week 2, it's possible we don't have the proper perspective on the Texans. In a few weeks, the story of the NFL might be that the Texans offense is special...like "the greatest show on turf" revisited or something. The defense might be good, even better than the good defenses we've seen them field the last several years...they just ran into a juggernaut before we all saw them that way. It's possible anyway.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 24, 2010 10:00 AM


I think that's the underrated part of the loss...and part of the reason why I'm not as mad about that game as I would be otherwise. That offense is loaded, but you still don't A) give up almost 500 yards passing to ANYONE and B) don't blow a 17 point lead. I'd venture to think that if we played them later in the year, the result would be very different...

As for DT...I'll believe he's playing more when I see him playing more. Otherwise, this is more public posturing.

pabrian, it bears repeating...if everything about the Redskins suck, there's the door, dude. No sense in wasting your time here...idiot...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 24, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Give Thomas a chance at Running back. Why not, SOMEONE deserves a shot.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 24, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

No, I knew he didn't care about this team. I just think it takes an awful lot of balls to not even show up to the stadium for a game, I don't care if you are playing or not!
The dude ain't really hurting the team, the players seem pretty focused, but he's hurting himself. Not showing up and not caring will make the coaching staff NOT want to trust him and play him a lot when he does get healthy. Plus, even if we were to trade him, who's gonna put up with this mess? All of the teams know that he doesn't care and didn't show up last week, they don't want him. So Fat Al is stuck in limbo, burning bridges here, but other teams see his laziness and don't want to trade for him. Looks like we're stuck with the big waste of space. I'm more depressed than a constipated Poopy.....

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse


Monk, accept it for what it is.

It took balls for this guy to cash a $21 million check from the team and then ask for a trade.

It is what it is. The more you let it get to you, the more AH wins. Free yourself, brother, from the emotional prison of frustration and disappointment that AH has put you in.

He's a selfish sorry excuse for a pro. We are stuck with him b/c he got paid by a selfish sorry excuse for an executive.

These are the facts. Orient your expectations around these facts; focus on other positive things; eat; drink; and be merry...

Posted by: p1funk | September 24, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Sorry if this has been discussed. I haven't been on the blog much lately because I'm getting crushed with my workload. Anyways, what would you all like to see from the team this week?

I'd like to see better blocking from the TE position (F. Davis). Maybe Paulsen gets some run this weekend as Armstrong and/or Horton maybe inactive. Also, maybe some formations lining up F. Davis off the LOS to improve his angles, and position in his blocking responsibilities.

On the other side of the ball, getting more pressure from a 4 man rush. IMO AH best helps this team this year as a nickle specialist where he does the things he likes to do. I'd like to see him in that role. Carricker, Holliday can primarily backup Kemo in other situations. Also, now that Moore is back, I'd like to see Reed blitz along with LL. So IMO in most nickle situations I'd like to see AH and Reed on the field.

Posted by: TWISI | September 24, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Jaworski on Kornheiser saying film showd that last Sunday's was DM5's best game ever as a pro.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 10:25 AM

If we break up the 4th and 10 to AJ, all the talk this week is about how McNabb still has it, how Philly is stupid for giving him up, how the Redskins are the team to be reckoned with, back to glory, etc. etc....

Instead, front page of ESPN is Houston vs. Dallas....

Amazing what a difference a play makes.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 24, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Jaworski on Kornheiser saying film showd that last Sunday's was DM5's best game ever as a pro.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 10:25 AM


If we get DMac's best years as a pro over the next 3 years, I have a hard time seeing us not consistently going to the playoffs and going deep into them...if not outright winning a championship. I just wish we were further along in the process this year because the NFC is WIDE open...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 24, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Dik, guess I pasted the wrong thing. That wasn't supposed to be aimed at you.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 24, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

sorry dik, wrong paste job

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 24, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Ryp, I've actually seen a couple places where we're still getting the love, even in spite of the loss. A dude on foxsports.com says we're the team to beat in the NFC and on ESPN.com another writer lumped us into the "dominant" category (the 3 categories were done, desperate, and dominant). But you're right in that there would be more talk like that if we were 2-0 and sitting in sole possession of 1st place in a division many thought we'd finish last in...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 24, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Jaworski on Kornheiser saying film showd that last Sunday's was DM5's best game ever as a pro.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Not that Jaws is prone to hyperbole or anything.

Posted by: WorstSeat | September 24, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Jaworski on Kornheiser saying film showd that last Sunday's was DM5's best game ever as a pro.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 10:25 AM


If we get DMac's best years as a pro over the next 3 years, I have a hard time seeing us not consistently going to the playoffs and going deep into them...if not outright winning a championship. I just wish we were further along in the process this year because the NFC is WIDE open...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 24, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse


And the week before against Dallas was probably one of DMac's lousiest.

Look, let's be encouraged by the effort b/c it's clear that DMac has something left in the tank. The question, though, has been durability and not necessarily level of play...I mean, he took a team to the playoffs last year...clearly there's something left.

We need to get things around DMac up and running. The coaching is there. The run game is not. The defense is iffy.

Let's hope all these things can come together and STAY together for a serious run at some point over the next 2-3 years.

Posted by: p1funk | September 24, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Kornheiser = NERD

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

eat; drink; and be merry...

Posted by: p1funk | September 24, 2010 10:30 AM

Mary: "Well, that's my name"

Clark Griswold: "No sh*t!"

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Jaworski on Kornheiser saying film showd that last Sunday's was DM5's best game ever as a pro.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 10:25 AM


If we get DMac's best years as a pro over the next 3 years, I have a hard time seeing us not consistently going to the playoffs and going deep into them...if not outright winning a championship. I just wish we were further along in the process this year because the NFC is WIDE open...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 24, 2010 10:36 AM

Gotta add an effective running game, so play action can open up even more things and we can kill a clock when we need to.

Need a D that can close the deal.

Seems like we are pretty close with the D, but a regular running game might be a "next year" thing with this group of O line and backs. Hope I'm wrong about that.

Gonna be fun to watch...

Posted by: edvar | September 24, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Jaworski = AZZHOLE NERD

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

We need to get things around DMac up and running. The coaching is there. The run game is not. The defense is iffy.

Let's hope all these things can come together and STAY together for a serious run at some point over the next 2-3 years.

Posted by: p1funk | September 24, 2010 10:44 AM


Co-sign.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 24, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

If we break up the 4th and 10 to AJ, all the talk this week is about how McNabb still has it, how Philly is stupid for giving him up, how the Redskins are the team to be reckoned with, back to glory, etc. etc....

Instead, front page of ESPN is Houston vs. Dallas....

Amazing what a difference a play makes.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 24, 2010 10:34 AM

I think that's a good thing we didn't get the hype too early....Let the game @Philly the true coming out party....

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 24, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The story of the game was not CP's running.

Posted by: p1funk | September 24, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Thats the cause and effect of having a running gmae. it makes it easier for your QB. Keep running the ball 20 times a game total and see how long Dmac lasts. He wont. not establishing a run game is the fastest way to get a one way ticket to Rex Grosman land.

Posted by: Stu27 | September 24, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Gotta add an effective running game, so play action can open up even more things and we can kill a clock when we need to.

Need a D that can close the deal.

Seems like we are pretty close with the D, but a regular running game might be a "next year" thing with this group of O line and backs. Hope I'm wrong about that.

Gonna be fun to watch...

Posted by: edvar | September 24, 2010 10:48 AM


What I think folks should take into account is that all a team has to do nowadays is make the playoffs. The Steelers won it all as a 6 seed. The Ginas did the same a couple years later. We certainly have holes and come up short in a couple areas, but if we're playing our best ball in January, it's not gonna matter.

Not to be that "rah rah" guy or anything, but the two things you need to pull off an unlikely run like that are elite coaching and top level QB play. Right now, we have the best coach/QB tandem in the NFC East and it already looks like enough to be more than competitive...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 24, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a nervous mantra at best... lol.

He's a specimen, that's fo sho.. but at what price? Who else thinks this is all about putting the ball on the turf?

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 24, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

There will never be a true coming out party for us, no matter what our record or who we beat, there's too many haters out there. We are the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL, we get no respect!

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

trading for #5, is gonna turn out to be a coup, for 2 reasons, it solidifies the QB spot for us, and derails Philly....

houston ROLLS over dallas this weekend, the wheels fall off after starting 0-3....super bowl my eye...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 24, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

We are the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL, we get no respect!

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:00 AM

And you really hate nerds monk...you are "The Ogre" of the board haha

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

lol Scamp. I was a little confused there for a sec...

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 24, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

houston ROLLS over dallas this weekend, the wheels fall off after starting 0-3....super bowl my eye...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 24, 2010 11:01 AM

That would be just wonderful...I hope whoever is playing LT can take care of Ware.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

NNNNEEEERRRRRDDDDDSSSS!!!!!
NERDS EVERYWHERE!

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Beeps...if you wanna know that Fletch is familiar with St. Louis.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

That would be just wonderful...I hope whoever is playing LT can take care of Ware.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Does Houston have that many injuries that they are constantly bringing in new people? I know they brought in 2 new DEs for us, now Tackle? I hope they control Ware!
If Dallas loses this game, I bet Wade Phillips doesn't last a month longer.

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Dallas' problems have been on offence right? Maybe it the OC that gets the KO fist.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 24, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Beeps...if you wanna know that Fletch is familiar with St. Louis.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:11 AM

Nope. Knew that five years ago.

Posted by: Section104 | September 24, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The thing that really worries me about the Skins this year is the defense. I believe our running game will eventually get rolling at least at a decent rate. I think our real problem is the defense. Statistically speaking (and I realize that stats aren't always "prima facia" evidence, so to speak, when it comes to football), our defense is last in total yards per game and last or almost last in passing d. We've had a problem dating all the way back to the first preseason game stopping sweeps around the ends, and frankly, aside from a few strong patches here and there, our interior run d hasn't looked like the great wall of china, either. Also, even though dallas and Houston have top rated offenses, which affects the stats, in my eyes there's no excuse for letting any team rack up this many yards in the air. When that happens, it's a defense problem, not just a quality offense. I think our ILBs actually fit this 3-4 worse than anyone thought. Kareem Moore should really help in the secondary, but it's not like either of our corners are elite-tier coverage guys.

Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I think it was a little wishful thinking to think that this defense could fundamentally change schemes with only a few personnel changes and maintain its top 10 statistical ranking.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | September 24, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"just refreshing my memory"

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 24, 2010 10:11 AM

You pretty much got it. Man, truth hurts.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | September 24, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

still d0uchin' it up huh Pa Brian? At least your a consistent ass hole. Go troll someone elses blog would ya? You're not liked or wanted here.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 24, 2010 10:23 AM

Who made you in charge of the gate?

Posted by: smokeybear2 | September 24, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

just refreshing my memory

And pabrian is an azzwipe

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 24, 2010 10:11 AM


There, fixed it for ya.

Posted by: wireman65 | September 24, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The thing that really worries me about the Skins this year is the defense. I believe our running game will eventually get rolling at least at a decent rate. I think our real problem is the defense. Statistically speaking (and I realize that stats aren't always "prima facia" evidence, so to speak, when it comes to football), our defense is last in total yards per game and last or almost last in passing d. We've had a problem dating all the way back to the first preseason game stopping sweeps around the ends, and frankly, aside from a few strong patches here and there, our interior run d hasn't looked like the great wall of china, either. Also, even though dallas and Houston have top rated offenses, which affects the stats, in my eyes there's no excuse for letting any team rack up this many yards in the air. When that happens, it's a defense problem, not just a quality offense. I think our ILBs actually fit this 3-4 worse than anyone thought. Kareem Moore should really help in the secondary, but it's not like either of our corners are elite-tier coverage guys.

Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I think it was a little wishful thinking to think that this defense could fundamentally change schemes with only a few personnel changes and maintain its top 10 statistical ranking.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | September 24, 2010 11:31 AM

Been telling my friends here in Vegas the Skins D is terrible this year, they look at me like I grew another head. Coverage is bad, tackling is bad, run D is terrible. Only thing we have going for us is we seem to pressure every down. Oh and I have the Skins D in both my fantasy leagues since yards don't matter, just sacks, ints, and score. We excel at those.

Posted by: Keiser | September 24, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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