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Devin Thomas talks about his release

Released Saturday, former Redskins wide receiver Devin Thomas quickly began to look toward the future.

"You know, it is what it is," Thomas said in a lengthy phone interview. "Obviously, this staff didn't want to utilize me. For whatever reason, and I still don't know what it is, they just didn't look at me as the type of receiver they wanted here. I mean, it was obvious that they didn't feel I could help them and they didn't want me.

"I was prepared for this for a long time. When I wasn't playing and no matter how hard I worked, you know, you could see it didn't matter, I just said my prayers and started to prepare myself mentally. So I can't really say it was a surprise, because you could see something was coming with me never playing."

Redskins fans were great to Thomas in his two-plus seasons with the team, Thomas said, and that will be the lasting memory of his time with the Redskins.

"I felt a lot of loyalty to the fans," he said. "Redskins fans always showed me a lot of love, you know, and I really wanted it to work out. I wanted to be here for a long time and help the Redskins win a lot games. There were a lot of things I wanted to accomplish.

"I thought I'd be able to help this team win, because I know I have the ability to help a team win. I know I can do that. I'm in the right frame of mind. Wherever I go, I'm gonna get in there, work hard and prove what I can do. I have no doubts in my ability. They didn't feel I could help them, so now I'll help someone else."

By Jason Reid  | October 9, 2010; 1:49 PM ET
Categories:  Devin Thomas, wide receivers  
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Comments

You were prepared for this for a long time? One foot out the door huh? Obviously you acted like it. Buh Bye.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 9, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Instead of preparing to being cut, maybe you should have been preparing yourself to make some plays.

DT is one of those athletes that think they can get by on talent alone (AH?).

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

DT, we're not entirely sure why you got cut either.

But oh well.

Posted by: p1funk | October 9, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to get the real skinny on this. Zorn and Shanny were both reluctant to put him on the field and rarely ran plays with his name on them.

Me thinks he a knucklehead.

Posted by: edvar | October 9, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't make much sense to release him right now. Yea, I get that he may not have earned time at WR, but he is, what, 6th in the league in kick returns? Just does not make much sense.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | October 9, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Roydell Williams hasnt produced either. And, he doesnt retun kicks. Something doesnt sound right.

Posted by: MadeRED | October 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

There must be more behind the scenes that we are not aware of. This makes no sense when you consider DT is the only WR with good size on the team (in addition to speed and moves), apparently has been working hard (confirmed by recent coaching staff comments), has the most potential of any WR on the roster, is great on special teams, and is a top 10 kickoff returner. Why cut him when you could cut Roydell Willams (and the over the hill Galloway for that matter), who has had a chance and done nothing, and does not do special teams?

Posted by: ipesq | October 9, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

So the Simpson kid starts returning kicks?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | October 9, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It's easy guys DT11 can't play football. Too bad it took the front office almost a year to figure it out or we coulda drafted or signed some WRs. instead the skins did nothing and now our WR corps is nothing (not just because of cutting DT).it was nice to think we had a big young talented WR ready to break out, Now our wr situation is in limbo,this year and going forward. i guess we'll have to trade that high draft pick to get VJax. The more things change........

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't make much sense to release him right now. Yea, I get that he may not have earned time at WR, but he is, what, 6th in the league in kick returns? Just does not make much sense.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | October 9, 2010 2:11 PM

I think that if you're trying to build a team for the long haul, the time to release him is the minute you realize he's not going to make a contribution to your team. That way you can start giving other guys a chance.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

just another gangbanger with speed... even after his release he thought it was bc the staff "didn't want to utilize" him... dt11 look in the mirror... you just cost yourself miiiiiiiilllllllliiiiiiooooooonnnnsssss!!!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | October 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

It's always hard to understand the motives behind a move like this, but then we're not in any of the meetings. Part of the problem is the disinformation from the coaching staff about the player's progress (they routinely praise a player right up to the point they let unload him). Sounds like Devin thought this might be coming and is prepared for it.

I'm wondering if the next place we see some shuffling isn't the o-line.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't make much sense to release him right now. Yea, I get that he may not have earned time at WR, but he is, what, 6th in the league in kick returns? Just does not make much sense.

Posted by: HokiesSkins

Why not? They needed to activate an RB. More valuabkle than a guy who ius 6th in the league in returns, and who is a human bobbling machine and a key fumble waiting to happen.

Posted by: TheCork | October 9, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: HokiesSkins | October 9, 2010 2:11 PM

I think that if you're trying to build a team for the long haul, the time to release him is the minute you realize he's not going to make a contribution to your team. That way you can start giving other guys a chance.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 9, 2010 2:24 PM

He does help the team with kickoff returns and special teams. How do Roydell Williams and Galloway help the team now or build the team for the long haul?

Posted by: ipesq | October 9, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

you know if zorn never played dt11 that should tell you something!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | October 9, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Samson151 | October 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

they already benched Dockery on the slide. Who else you wanna move.....other than Heyer.

BTW I think i fux with your FeetBall talk more than your hoops talk.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

just another gangbanger with speed...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | October 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report


Just another idiot with a computer......

Posted by: AdamCr | October 9, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Too bad it took the front office almost a year to figure it out or we coulda drafted or signed some WRs. instead the skins did nothing and now our WR corps is nothing (not just because of cutting DT).it was nice to think we had a big young talented WR ready to break out, Now our wr situation is in limbo,this year and going forward. i guess we'll have to trade that high draft pick to get VJax. The more things change........

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 2:23 PM

The more you write, the dumber you sound.

We drafted Austin. We added Banks. We brought Armstrong up from the practice squad. We gave Thomas a chance. We're not trading anything for VJax. Otherwise, you're sounding brilliant.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 9, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

you know if zorn never played dt11 that should tell you something!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | October 9, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abu

Zorn started him 10 games last year. He had his breakout game against the saints. it was the best game of his career and a lot of folks were looking for him to build on that performance. He displayed speed, toughness,ability to run after the catch and hold on tho the ball. He never stood out for his play as much as his potential, perhaps that's why this coaching staff had so little patience with him. Remember this is his First year with the Shanahans.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

trade a high draft pick for vjax? good idea cerrato! this guy is yet another bust pick from cerrato. he should have been focused more on football rather than shooting videos for mtv!

Posted by: heatseeker690069 | October 9, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"Uh, we're not done yet..."

Posted by: jj250 | October 9, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I stupidly read the post thinking I was going to get some insight into Shanny's thinking. Obviously that is way too much to ask from a J. Reid interview. The other coaches must have talked to DT about the problems, and tried to get him to change.

Maybe we will finally find out the true story, but I'm sure we won't read it on RI until it's been covered by half the sportswriters in the country.

Posted by: NYPDee | October 9, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

trade a high draft pick for vjax? good idea cerrato! this guy is yet another bust pick from cerrato. he should have been focused more on football rather than shooting videos for mtv!

Posted by: heatseeker690069 | October 9, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Unless the skins re-sign Moss 30 year old @$$ or Galloways ancient @$$. They will have to draft 2 wrs who can contribute right away. the fact that folk only mention Ed McCafferey and Rod Smith should be a testament to Shanny's acumen at picking wideouts (he cut Jerry Rice a year after he had 77 recs, and wasn't 38 like galloway). The only way we'll have a "Proven" numer 1 rec if we go and trade for one,Armstrong and Austin aren't the 1&2 wrs of the future.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

you know if zorn never played dt11 that should tell you something!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | October 9, 2010 2:30 PM |

Zorn never played Fred Davis until an injury forced his hand. What's your point?

It didn't work out for Devin, I don't agree with him being cut but Im willing to be patient and trust shanahans decision. But that doesn't mean devin can't be a good receiver in this league.

Posted by: AdamCr | October 9, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

We drafted Austin. We added Banks. We brought Armstrong up from the practice squad. We gave Thomas a chance. We're not trading anything for VJax. Otherwise, you're sounding brilliant.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 9, 2010 2:31 PM

Come on. Austin was a 7th round pick and is on the practice squad. Banks was undrafted and on the practice squad. They both cleared waivers. Moss is decent but is older and losing his speed. Armstrong was undrafted and from the practice squad (although I do think he has potential). Williams was cut by another team and has shown nothing. Galloway is beyond over the hill. Fortunately, we have a franchise QB (this year at least) because this is the worst WR group in the league.

Posted by: ipesq | October 9, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Too bad it took the front office almost a year to figure it out...

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 2:23 PM

this coaching staff had so little patience with him.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 2:34 PM

Lil, which is it? First they took too long with him, then they had little patience with him. Can't have it both ways.

My own view was that they hoped he would contribute; they gave him a lot of chances; when they decided he wouldn't work out for them they cut him. So, I'm on the side of patience.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 9, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

How do Roydell Williams and Galloway help the team now or build the team for the long haul?

Posted by: ipesq | October 9, 2010 2:29 PM

They give the coaches two receivers that they trust. Devin Thomas didn't.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 9, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, we have a franchise QB (this year at least) because this is the worst WR group in the league.

Posted by: ipesq | October 9, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Funny how McNabb is in Phi for 11 seasons balling out with no WRs until they finally bring in a couple. Once they get a nice wr corps they trade your boy. Then we get him and start him from scratch with NO WRs and talk about "Win Now". Puhleaz, Bruce Allen "we don't believe you you need more people"

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

you just know a fumble is coming on a kick return sunday now. as is the redskins way

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 9, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

AH beeps

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 9, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

you just know a fumble is coming on a kick return sunday now. as is the redskins way

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 9, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse
I'm calling fumble on the kickoff (westbrook dropped on just last week) and a mild injury to Moss (just cuz he's against me in FF).But you're right. We've won our 2 wins in the last second of either game, our favor in the eyes of the football gods may change. You never know how important that 28 yds/return is until it's gone, and here we are taking it for granted. Let's hope things get better. The oly problem with that is the folks we hope can get better have proven ON THE FIELD that they're really not that good.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

another high draft bust

Posted by: mdoughtie22 | October 9, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about football, what matters is he's no longer eligible to bone Kim Kardashian! At least Fantasia still loves you.

Posted by: Predator48 | October 9, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I just watched part of this ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmyhUzGCIr0 )DT video on You Tube and it is disturbing. The face he puts on while his picture is being taken is just pathetic. The puckered lips... the poses... it made me sick. Difficult to play and train with that attitude.

Posted by: adrian7 | October 9, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

the bottom line is that thomas had an opportunity and did not take advantage of it. shanahan has drawn a line. if you don't work hard, you don't play.

here's the national football post take on the move:

"Sources told the National Football Post Thomas was rarely in good shape and that often led to minor injuries. He had suspect work ethic and marginal hands. Surely, someone will take a look at him. He’d be a no-risk investment but Thomas needs to become motivated to turn around his career."

espn comments:

"Thomas had trouble running routes correctly and was dogged by questions about work ethic... This year, Thomas couldn't make inroads despite a wide open No. 2 receiver competition that still hasn't been adequately filled. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said recently that Thomas needed to take a more professional approach to practice to earn playing time on offense."

read somewhere else recently (sorry, i can't remember where) that thomas had trouble absorbing the playbook.

i'm assuming that even though they're not tearing it up, galloway and williams are taking a professional approach to the game and that makes a difference to shanahan. should he lower his standards for a "special talent" like devin thomas?

btw, galloway has not been a factor in the passing game this year, but it seems like mcnabb has just missed him for a long td in every game. if they can get in sync, he will be good for several touchdowns this year.

Posted by: zatoichi77 | October 9, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zatoichi77 | October 9, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Those sources get their info from coaches (see the Kyle Shanahan quote), who will always come out to down talk a player before they will admit to presonal bias. Furthermore, is there any way that you (any of you0 would believe a player who says the coach and the coach alone are the reason he isn't playing? Of course not. We trust these youngins about as far as we can throw them.
It's laughable that the reports say DT was rarely in good shape. Route running could be an issue, but as i mentioned before he ran the hitch (a very basic route to say the least) with some success under Zorn, Shanny preferred the 5'7" 155lb Banks for that.

And for those of yall taking shots at his modeling/acting work, check how many non sports related magazine covers Tom brady has been on. Apparently women find the kid attractive and wanna see him. I dunno if that has anything to do with his work ethic or preparation for the game of football, but i'm 100% sure that DT11 isn't the first or last NFL player to appear in magazines and videos.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The current and previous regimes' Receivers coaches, Quarterback Coaches, Offensive Coordinators and Head Coaches EVALUATED Mr. Devin Thomas through multiple seasons' OTAs, mini-camps, training camps, pre-seasons and seasons. Both reached the same conclusion. DT11 is not an NFL PLAYER.

The Skins have lost nothing. If a big target is what you want, Fred Davis is waiting in the wings. If a reliable possession receiver is what you want, Cooley and Moss are there.

If game-breaking speed and elusiveness is what you want, Brandon Banks has an electricity that DT11 never will have.

Marko Mitchell was a tougher, more physical big receiver than DT11, and couldn't make it in this league.

DT11 will get some looks by other teams, but his professional career will be nowhere near as long or as productive as diminutive, electric Brandon Banks'. Who can't see this?!

Posted by: belly_kilmer | October 9, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

DT11 will get some looks by other teams, but his professional career will be nowhere near as long or as productive as diminutive, electric Brandon Banks'. Who can't see this?!

Posted by: belly_kilmer | October 9, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

are you serious?what has banks done in the NFL when it counts again?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Banks needs to make sure he gets 28 yds per kickoff return.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

And another jreid source bites the dust.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 9, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Re: What has Banks done in the NFL when it counts again?

In his limited touches so far, I seem to recall BB setting us up for a TD to begin a pretty important recent game, putting the opponent on their heels the entire first half.

If you haven't SEEN Banks' ON FIELD SPEED and elusiveness, get an HD TV and recorder, and watch in slo-mo. If you haven't FELT the spark BB gives this team, get to the stadium and get near the field.

But hey, this just means you're in for a wonderful treat. BB will be providing all of us the celebratory moments DT11 never did.

Posted by: belly_kilmer | October 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 9, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

i could care less what thomas does off the field as long as he takes care of business on the field.

as for sources being coaches, seem to remember john keim (examiner) talking to players who said the same thing about thomas; tons of ability, doesn't know how to approach the game, doubt that he can succeed until he learns to be a pro. understand me, i'm not hating on dt. i have read players say that it takes some guys a few years to realize what it really takes to be successful in the pros. apparently it hasn't happened for thomas yet. maybe this will spur him to change.

i can't understand how this is personal between shanahan and thomas. if you inherit the #34 pick in the 2008 draft and you have a lack of talent at his position, i'm thinking that you really want that guy to succeed and you will be very disappointed if he doesn't. so you give him every opportunity. if he doesn't take advantage, you move on.

Posted by: zatoichi77 | October 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

DT ur right! u have the ability to help this team win but you just don't perform consistently to your ability. yeah you have the attitude, but it sucks. instead of thinking that you're a guy that can do everything and thinks you have all the entangebles, you should really work your butt off to get better and always think that there's always room for improvement. people like you are a waste of God's gift!!

Posted by: scmesina | October 9, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The Shanahan clan is "cleaning house." Was it hands? Was it ego? Was it route-running? Was it coach-ability? We'll never know, because information is now so tightly controlled at Skins park. One thing seems clear to me: something about who D Thomas is as a person is like fingernails on the chalkboard to the coaching staff. D Thomas can't change who he is, so he had to go. They obviously are looking for certain character attributes, which D Thomas must lack, because he seems to possess all the physical attributes of a big time NFL receiver. If Lorenzo Alexander is the prototype Shanahan player, D Thomas is the antithesis. I hope D Thomas proves that the Shanahans were wrong about him and that he is more like Lorenzo Alexander than they realized. Only time will tell. Sometimes, a change of scenery can do wonders for a stalled career. I wish D Thomas well.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | October 9, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Two thoughts - Devin is 23 yrs old, plenty of time to develop himself into an NFL receiver. Secondly, he had one good year in college, that's it. It was just like Shuler had the one good year at Tenn before being drafted by the Skins, and Michael Westbrook being drafted high with minimal college career. You don't gamble the team on high draft picks that are over valued after a good year in college. I wish Devin well, if he is NFL caliber he has plenty of time to get with another team and develop. If two coaching staffs see weaknesses, they must be there. Too bad Vinny can't be held accountable anymore.

Posted by: bfjam | October 9, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it's very easy to see why he was cut--he just wasn't a very good NFL receiver.

1. His route-running was sloppy and never got as sharp as you want it to be.
2. He half-stepped routes when he wasn't the primary receiver. That's a big problem when you have a veteran QB who goes through his progressions and often throws to the #2 or #3 receiver on the play.
3. He adjusts poorly when the QB goes out of the pocket.

You saw it last year. You saw it in preseason.

What most people saw where his physical measurements and how he looked when he caught the ball. The problem is that he made it difficult for himself to catch the ball by taking himself out of plays when he wasn't the #1 guy on that play or the QB had to avoid a rush or they had hot routes with a blitz coming and he didn't adjust. Go back and look at preseason tape. You'd see one wideout and a tight end and maybe a RB running routes like their pants are on fire and DT would jog. Or a LB would come on a blitz, everyone else would run a shorter route and DT would run something that didn't involve a cut until after the ball was in the air or the LB had forced the throw to be made.

Basically, he proved he's a good KR and that on a team with no #2 receiver and no serious competition, he couldn't cut it.

Posted by: JoeW1 | October 9, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

He was what we thought he was and it is what it is.

Posted by: stu_pid | October 10, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

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