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Devin Thomas joins Carolina Panthers

Apparently, the Carolina Panthers believe wide receiver Devin Thomas may be able to help them.

The Panthers claimed Thomas, the Redskins' top pick in the 2008 draft, off waivers Monday. The 34th overall selection in 2008, the demonstrative Thomas did not mesh well with Coach Mike Shanahan, who questioned Thomas's professionalism and released him Saturday.

"It's official. I'm a carolina panther!," Thomas wrote on his Twitter account.

In two-plus seasons with the Redskins, Thomas had 40 catches for 445 yards (an 11.1-yard average) and two touchdowns. The former Michigan State standout established career highs with seven receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the eventual Super Bowl-champion New Orleans Saints last season at FedEx Field.

In a telephone interview shortly after he was released Saturday, Thomas, 23, said he was determined to have a productive NFL career.

"Coach Shanahan called me in and told me it was a numbers game, so they had to do this, but you could see this coming," said Thomas, who had no receptions this season. "But I'll be ready wherever I go next. I'm just going to work even harder. I know I can play this game."

By taking Thomas off waivers, the Panthers assume the remainder of his contract.

By Jason Reid  | October 11, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  Devin Thomas  
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Comments

I think a few people lost track of waiver time... Looks like someone did scoop him up... At least their a non-divisional team.

Posted by: tony325 | October 11, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

And we get Brandon little snitchy Banks

way to go ego-Han

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 11, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck Thomas but I'll forever be bitter that Cerrato selected you over DeSean Jackson.

Man that guy still haunts me. He drafted for body type rather than skill. I remember him on several occasions saying that they draft based on tape and performance on the field. There's no way you can say Thomas had a better college career than Jackson did at Cal. No way, that pick was on based on size and speed only.


Ugh... you idiot

Posted by: Devo2 | October 11, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Now he's going to "work even harder"? That's like Larry Johnson saying he can't wait to make even more gains for positive yardage.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Should have thrown DT the ball then they could have got something for him.

good job Shannahan, an aging unsigned QB, no line, no backs, no wrs, no draft picks

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 11, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

In case you haven't noticed the Redskins are 3-2 with a very difficult schedule and the Panthers are what again in terms of record?

Oh yeah. They stink. They are one of the worst teams in the NFL.

Carolina is looking for warm bodies right now in an attempt to get better.

On Sunday, there was Anthony Armstrong getting the 84 yards receiving and TD that was expected of Thomas for past two years.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 11, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think Shanahan could have given more effort himself in letting DT know where he stood, what he needed to do, and the consequences of not doing so. Bad management. With that, and DT's obvious talent, he will become be a very good WR in the NFL (on another team who didn't even use a draft pick for him).

Posted by: ipesq | October 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Now he's going to "work even harder"? That's like Larry Johnson saying he can't wait to make even more gains for positive yardage.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 11, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Reason for watching MNF - there's going to be trailer for "Call of Duty: Black Ops" scheduled for release on 11/09. The anticipation is killing me.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Should have thrown DT the ball then they could have got something for him.

Posted by: pabrian2003

Totally. He should have put a guy he didn't think should start in a starting WR position and forced McNabb to throw to him just to get trade value, even if doing so might lose us games. GENIUS.

Posted by: rexforab | October 11, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

ugh, this is going to mess with me through his entire career

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 11, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

i still cannnot believe they cut devin thomas. i don't hear all this "he did nothing when he was here" talk. how many times did they throw him the ball this season? one time in the non-zorn era.

with his gifts it would seem worth the effort to get him to give up modeling - #34 overall pick (maybe a bit high but still), 218 lbs 4.4 40?

mystifying what a waste

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 11, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

So much for the idiots on the comment threads earlier laughing that he had cleared waivers. This is why we all have other jobs.

Posted by: rgm34 | October 11, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Should have thrown DT the ball then they could have got something for him.

good job Shannahan, an aging unsigned QB, no line, no backs, no wrs, no draft picks
Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 11, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

And yet they are 3-2....God I wish he knew what he was doing!

HTTR

Posted by: gre28man72 | October 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Should have thrown DT the ball then they could have got something for him.

good job Shannahan, an aging unsigned QB, no line, no backs, no wrs, no draft picks

*****posted by pabrian******

Hey dude, why don't you go post your crap on a PA team's site instead of constantly trolling ours... That aging QB, supposed no line, no back, no wr's, no draft picks team you spew crap about got a win yesterday and is 3-2...

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

Folks, why are so many of you upset that they cut this player? Good coaches make players earn the right to be on the field, and obviously DT wasn't earning his right. Do you think CP would get away with his practice habits of the past with Shanahan?

DT, like so many past Redskins players, has/had potential: nothing more, nothing less.

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

DT sucks and was cut, he's now a Panther. Move on...

to the next post (BEEP BEEP) about Doc.

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

somebody ship pabrian a case of vagisil, stat!

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 11, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

have loads of fun w/Jimmy C. DT...
lmFao...

Posted by: tindal0s | October 11, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

somebody ship pabrian a case of vagisil, stat!

*****Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe *****3.

I think he needs to change his username to peabrain...

Posted by: mattkrogman | October 11, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

At least their a non-divisional team.

Posted by: tony325 | October 11, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This is funny Tony. I sincerely wish he WAS traded in the division so we could play him 2x a year. Or check that, he probably would not be active.

And since he apparently did not know our playbook, no, I have no qualms about that side of it either.

With the new trend in the league to sign guys who have recently been on your upcoming opponent's roster, I find it telling that nobody the skins are playing brought him in.

I called UFL, so I will admit I was wrong, but really, isn't CAR as close to a UFL team as you can get in the NFL?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 11, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

One week until Pabrian will admit we are as good as last year.

2 weeks until he will admit we are better.

Boy, I'm giddy with anticipation.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 11, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

And we get Brandon little snitchy Banks

way to go ego-Han

If you watched the game yesterday you would realize that snitchy Banks helped us win that game. I've never or ever heard anyone say that about DT in the 3 years he was here.

Posted by: act4677 | October 11, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Carolina Panthers Have Plans for Thomas

Dateline: Charlotte, North Carolina

Devin Thomas, castoff wide receiver in name only from the Washington Redskins, was recently signed by the Carolina Panthers and will be in charge of babysitting Panthers Players' children.

"This is a wonderful day for us", noted Coach Fox, who clings to his perch of being a head coach by the thinnest of strands of hope. "We haven't had someone who can put our children to sleep in so long. The Redskins demonstrated to us that Thomas is a professional at sleeping and the children will just love him. And when he isn't himself sleeping, he can impersonate a wide receiver on Sunday and give our Quarterback in name only, Clausen, someone to try to find on the field. He can also run back kicks and that is just icing on the cake."

Thomas, who was outed as a closet meeting sleeper by a Munchkin on the Redskins team was not available for comment though Thomas indicated through his twitter account that he didn't know why the Redskins let him go and that he was a full-time Panther.

No word from Redskins officials why he didn't consider himself a full-time Redskin player.

Posted by: laserwizard | October 11, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

At least they're a non-divisional team.
-----
Bwahahahaha! Good one!

Meanwhile, the Packers, terrified of BB, chose to squib kick, rather than try to defend BB on ONE SINGLE play. Now that's respect and fear.

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

Philly, Dallas, NY didn't fear and respect DT11. But you can believe they will be fearing and getting burned by BB.

Meanwhile AA Anthony Armstrong makes two highlight reel catches the day after DT is released. Or should I spell that highlight REAL? (as opposed to "imaginary" or "potential" or, best of all, "Showtime" (yes, that's what DT11 calls himself.)

Check out AA's highlight "REAL"s from yesterday at NFL.com:
http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d81b34f10
http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d81b34cb8

Posted by: belly_kilmer | October 11, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances that "Clausen to Thomas" is one day going to be as oft-stated as "Young to Rice." ????

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 11, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Rice was a workaholic, a perfectionist, an overachiever. That sounds like the guy we kept, not the guy we let go.

Mike Shanahan: Devin Thomas was no Anthony Armstrong:
http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-skins/2010/10/mike-shanahan-devin-thomas-was-no-anthony-armstrong-2970.html

Posted by: belly_kilmer | October 11, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

What a gr8 move!! DT was a terrible pick from day 1. MK will be gone next year. Flush out the trash from the past. Welcome to Washington AA and BB!! We've been waiting for players like you for years!!! Talking proud Redskins !!! How do we smell now ba-bee!?!?!?

Posted by: jmeaicp | October 11, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

A Devin Thomas player profile from pre-draft 2008. The last paragraph is very telling.

http://www.footballsfuture.com/2008/prospects/devin_thomas.html

Posted by: kingpenn1 | October 11, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: laserwizard

Thnks man...verry funni.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | October 11, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances that "Clausen to Thomas" is one day going to be as oft-stated as "Young to Rice." ????

Posted by: MrRedskin21

Exactly 31,351,914,615,634,861,358,413 to 1.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | October 11, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances that "Clausen to Thomas" is one day going to be as oft-stated as "Young to Rice." ????

Posted by: MrRedskin21

Exactly 31,351,914,615,634,861,358,413 to 1.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | October 11, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Mr. Thomas. I hope he tears it up as a Panther.

Posted by: Rahwaj | October 11, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

bye DT11, take those loser cerrato ways to carolina where your gonna lose some more.

Posted by: go88car | October 11, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

you know what shanny haters, DT was and will always be a loser and a bust. He had every chance in the world to make some sort of impression, but was HE able to? not even close. so those of you who think shanny is arrogant and stupid for the decisions he makes, go get a head coaching job in the nfl, oh wait you cant because u suck and have no clue about what it takes to be successful.......at anything. anyway u losers make me laugh, a lot. DT will have no impact on his new team, and as a matter of fact i predict he will only be in the nfl for maybe one more season and then he will begin his modeling career and even that will only take him to the weekly target underwear ads. fruit of the loom here he comes! lol. we have only vinny the d-bag to thank for this. what a waste of time, money and space. get a life u rookie armchair QBs, DT sucks now and for ever. why? because he is a little punk who thinks he can give HIMSELF THE NICKNAME 'SHOWTIME' without even coming close to earning it. i mean seriously, who gives them selves a nickname without earning it except complete losers. id really like to know your reasoning behind some of your thoughts but then again it still wouldnt make any sense.

Posted by: SkinEm1 | October 11, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Some of you are really retards.

If Shanahan took a dump on a plate and sopped it up with a biscuit, you'd defend it.

I don't get it.

DT was here longer than Shanahan. Shanny says he can't play. You've seen the truth with your own retarded eyes, yet you buy it, you eat it up, so to speak.

If I'm Shanny's agent, I come out with a line of Redskin "Candy Bars" as soon as possible. Sure, they're just plastic wrapped turds, but just write "Shanny Chocolate" on the packaging and you idiots will eat em up.

Didn't know the playbook, my rear. That's a lie. If you ask me, there was something said to Shanny Jr that Daddy didn't like. It's my guess, but it makes more sense than "he can't play."

Meanwhile, Shanny the genius has Malcolm "Three Games In Three Years" Kelly drawing a paycheck while Marko Mitchell apparently cant understand how to outjump a defender.

I like what Shanny has done with the team overall, but it doesn't mean he's perfect. It doesn't mean he's not a jerk. And it doesn't mean he's not lying much of the time.

Thomas can play.

You will see it. He'll be learning from Steve Smith. Let's hope Coach Fox has thicker skin than Shanahan.

By the way, I'm not a big D Thomas fan. He seems like a di@k. But he can run and catch and that could work for us right now.

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 12, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

i mean seriously, who gives them selves a nickname without earning it except complete losers. id really like to know your reasoning behind some of your thoughts but then again it still wouldnt make any sense.

Posted by: SkinEm1 | October 11, 2010 11:40 PM

First of all, learn English.

Second of all, who? How about "PrimeTime" Sanders? Seemed to work out alright for him, didn't it? Carried it right into broadcasting.

You are an idiot, anyway. And your "SkinEm" handle sucks.

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 12, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Didn't know the playbook, my rear. That's a lie. If you ask me, there was something said to Shanny Jr that Daddy didn't like. It's my guess, but it makes more sense than "he can't play."

By the way, I'm not a big D Thomas fan. He seems like a di@k. But he can run and catch and that could work for us right now.

First of all, learn English.

Second of all, who? How about "PrimeTime" Sanders? Seemed to work out alright for him, didn't it? Carried it right into broadcasting.

You are an idiot, anyway. And your "SkinEm" handle sucks.

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 12, 2010 1:11 AM


First of all no one asked you. second of all its been well documented since he was drafted that he couldnt play because he didnt know how to be a professional in the meeting rooms, on the practice field or on his own personal time. hes a classic example of a kid with talent who thinks just cause he was drafted he would be a star, and apparently in his own mind.

I had a chance to meet him twice at training camp and he wasnt a dick at all, actually he was a pretty cool dude.

I do know english.

Primetime was a baller, he earned his nick name.

Im an idiot? and my handle sucks? Really? seriously, what are you twelve years old? go away little boy and come back when you grow up. With all the hating on shanny by you I think you might be Jim Zorns son. Which should be your new handle.

Posted by: SkinEm1 | October 12, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas doesn't have to lead the Panthers to the super bowl or become all pro or the next Jerry Rice to make this a stupid move. All he has to do is catch more balls than Joey Galloway or Roydell Williams. Because they are the two useless pieces of trash that are still lingering around Redskins Park, that contribute nothing to us winning.

Posted by: renhoekk2 | October 12, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

If Armstrong had as much time to prove himself as Thomas he would probably be in the Pro Bowl. HUNGRY is better.

Posted by: kenobill2 | October 12, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

If Armstrong had as much time to prove himself as Thomas he would probably be in the Pro Bowl. HUNGRY is better.

Posted by: kenobill2 | October 12, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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