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Devin Thomas 'just waiting for that time to come'

Wide receiver Devin Thomas was the Redskins' first pick in the 2008 draft.

But Washington football boss Mike Shanahan did not draft him.

Thomas had the best game of his nascent career last season in a loss to the New Orleans Saints, catching seven passes for 100 yards with two touchdowns.

But he didn't do it in the offense directed by Shanahan and his offensive coordinator son, Kyle.

Thomas found himself buried on the depth chart at wide receiver at the outset of training camp, and he did not play on offense in the season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys. He did, however, average 38 yards on two impressive kickoff returns. Coach Mike Shanahan said Thomas helped himself with his work on special teams, but how much?

The Redskins play host to the Houston Texans on Sunday at FedEx Field, and Thomas hopes to be given an opportunity to do more.

"Yeah, man, that's the goal," Thomas said. "I definitely feel like I can be out there on offense, contributing, making plays. But I can think it all I want. I need my coaches to think the same thing and believe in me. So I'm just waiting for that time to come."

Thomas must display a consistent effort on every play, Kyle Shanahan said recently. Thomas is trying to do what is asked of him, he said, and his two long kickoff returns against the Cowboys are indicative of that effort.

"If anything will better my chances, special teams will definitely do that," Thomas said.

Although Thomas was not in the team's plans on offense against Dallas, he said he continued to work hard in an effort to be prepared. Just in case.

"You got to, 'cause you never know when something might happen, or they feel like they might want to throw you in there," he said. "So I'm definitely on top of my playbook. I won't be a step behind if I do get in there."

And if Thomas is limited to special teams duties again against the Texans, he said he would give everything he has to the assignment. "There's limited opportunities, limited balls," Thomas said. "If kick returns [are] my only opportunities ... my mindset definitely is try to take it to the house and put us in the best field position for the offense so we can make it easier to score. Just trying to help out the offense as much as possible."

By Jason Reid  |  September 19, 2010; 12:49 PM ET
Categories:  Devin Thomas  
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Comments

First to say that DT needs to get into the mix. His skills are obvious. He needs to learn this play book and start getting it done!

Posted by: gene_lohman | September 19, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

C'mon DT, I've got you on my bench, lets start getting it together!

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 19, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

shut up and play, drama. Tired of you pretending to do all the right things, when you clearly aren't. You might fool the media, but the bottom line is, you're fooling yourself if you think you can be a starter by talking. You have to care more about your game, and so far you don't.

Posted by: pgugino | September 19, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Time for my gameday poop. Oh how it'll be huge. Probably need the plunger too.

The poo will be flushed down the potty just like the Texans will be today.

P&HTTR (Poop & Hail To The Redskins)

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 19, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Has hessone given out his good-luck, game-day blumpkins yet?

C'mon hessone, you gotta come through. Do it for all of us Redskin fans, especially the ones with an underscore (_) in our handle!!!!!!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 19, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

YEAH Bears!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 19, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

ROMO WITH A PICK!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 19, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Romo threw a pick

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 19, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the fox broadcast of the Bears game?

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Bears o-line looks Terrrrible...

Posted by: skinswillwin | September 19, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the fox broadcast of the Bears game?

Posted by: Diesel44

no HD?? it looks awful

Posted by: rachel216 | September 19, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the fox broadcast of the Bears game?

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 19, 2010 1:16 PM

If you're conservative, you can see it in it's full glory. If you voted Tea Party, it's in 3-D, and without having to put on glasses. And, if you're liberal you take what they give you and shut up.

Why, you got a problem with the boradcast?

Posted by: beep-beep | September 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, Kolb is already a bust.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 19, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

New post. Follow the leader. Follow

beep beep

Posted by: beep-beep | September 19, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

cowgirls suck

Posted by: rachel216 | September 19, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Get well real soon Kolb.

beep-beep- I'm not partial to any particular party, but I prefer to attend those with booze and loose women.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the fox broadcast of the Bears game?

Posted by: Diesel44

no HD?? it looks awful

Posted by: rachel216 | September 19, 2010 1:21 PM
------------------------------------------
All Cowpies games are broadcast in lovely wall-to-wall Suckovision.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The Texans secondary gave up 400 plus yards to Manning and the Colts.

McNabb isn't stocked with the same arsenal of missiles, begging the question of who other than Cooley and Moss -- will launch for the Skins?

Look for Fred Davis, AA, DT, but I doubt we'll be able to go point for point with Schaub and Company.

We'll need a big play from our special teams -- if we get it, we'll win...

Seems like DT is one move away from breaking off a kick return for a TD.

HTTR!!!

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse


hi poopy ! HTTR !


Posted by: hessone | September 19, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The Texans secondary gave up 400 plus yards to Manning and the Colts.

McNabb isn't stocked with the same arsenal of missiles, begging the question of who other than Cooley and Moss -- will launch for the Skins?

Look for Fred Davis, AA, DT, but I doubt we'll be able to go point for point with Schaub and Company.

We'll need a big play from our special teams -- if we get it, we'll win...

Seems like DT is one move away from breaking off a kick return for a TD.

HTTR!!!

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 19, 2010 1:31 PM
------------------------------------------Chia, I think their defense is soft against the pass AND the run. I say try to play ball control offense until they take it away. They have some injuries with the front seven that should make for some opportunities. CP has to deliver. The passing game will come, but only after the run is established.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 19, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

BEARS JUST EMBARRASSED DALLAS

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 19, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

dallas is really good.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 19, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

dallas not that good any qb in a Martz system willo see plenty of turf

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

bbeeeepp

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

dallas is really good.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 19, 2010 1:40 PM

sarcastic

Posted by: rachel216 | September 19, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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