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Posted at 3:45 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Giants working hard to get Devin Thomas ready

By Barry Svrluga

New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that starting receiver Steve Smith still can't practice because of a torn pectoral muscle. With fellow starter Hakeem Nicks out with a leg injury, it's possible Devin Thomas - the Redskins' second-round pick in the 2008 draft who was cut by the team in October - could see time against his old team.

But Coughlin said the Giants did not pick up Thomas with the idea of getting intelligence on the Redskins this week.

"We haven't gone that route with Devin," Coughlin said, "and quite frankly he hasn't come by and volunteered anything either."

Thomas was active for the Giants' game against Jacksonville last week, but did not make a catch, though he was targeted once. He was not active during his seven-week stay in Carolina, which picked him up after the Redskins released him.

"He's done well here for us," Coughlin said. "We looked at him as a special teams contributor, also a guy that's a big strong kid with speed. So he is a guy that we definitely wanted to work with."

Nicks had 62 catches for 800 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games before injuring himself in Week 11 at Philadelphia. Smith had 47 catches for 517 yards and three scores in eight games before getting hurt in Week 9. The Giants brought in Thomas and veteran Michael Clayton last week.

"In order for us to continue the game, we've had to do some work," Coughlin said. "Michael Clayton and Devin Thomas were two guys that came on board a week ago. We're trying to do a significant amount of work here to get them up to speed while we're in position that Hakeem can't go and Steve can't go just yet, so we're working hard."

By Barry Svrluga  | December 1, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Devin Thomas  
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"Giants working hard to get Devin Thomas ready... continuing years of similar efforts begun by the Washington Redskins."

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 1, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Redskins announce full refunds for all tickets in event of work stoppage

Posted by Mike Florio on December 1, 2010, 3:56 PM EST

When recently announcing that refunds will be available for all non-premium tickets purchased for games that aren’t played due to a work stoppage, the NFL also said that the individual teams will have to decide whether refunds will be available for club seats, luxury suites, and PSLs.

The Redskins have announced their decision, and it was a wise one.

Refunds will be available for all tickets, the team announced. Given that some of the folks who otherwise patrol the Halls of Congress would have been burned by a “you can show up, we just don’t have to play” policy, it makes plenty of sense the the ‘Skins have opted not to scalp their paying customers.

Hopefully, the other 31 teams will follow suit. If not, look for more than a few lawsuits to be filed.

The Redskins also announced that general admission ticket prices won’t be increased in 2011. The general admission seats have not increased in price since 2006.

Posted by: TWISI | December 1, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Giants working hard to get Devin Thomas ready

Considering the 'fine' work he committed as a redskin receiver, I'm sure they are taking the following steps to help Devin Thomas:

--mirrors have been to all practice fields

--tatoo parlors have been put on alert that he might make a sudden visit

--extra padding has been added to the bench area where he'll spend most of his time

--Malcolm Kelly will wear a Giants' jersey and wait along the sideline with him to make him feel comfortable

--finally, an extra large helmet has been purchased to make sure no one damages his head and ego as he's facing the head coach in Mike Shanahan who felt he wasn't worth jack...

...and now, he wants to prove something.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 1, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

But Coughlin said the Giants did not pick up Thomas with the idea of getting intelligence on the Redskins this week.
"We haven't gone that route with Devin," Coughlin said, "and quite frankly he hasn't come by and volunteered anything either."

No surprise there...not a team player.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 1, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

3 years and Devin Thomas hasn't been ready. But coughlin can do it in a week -- excuse me while I go laugh

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 1, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

really??? a story about a bust draft pick who is on his 3rd team this year... who cares... jreid sux... now bsvrluga sux!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 1, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Coughlin said the Giants did not pick up Thomas with the idea of getting intelligence on the Redskins this week."

Just stop!

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 1, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I just spit up my coffee, and I dont even drink coffee. What the bejezzes...

Posted by: Stu27 | December 1, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 1, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Good list but that's not even half of it.

Film crew had to splice in clips of his cameo in the Fantasia video to keep him awake during film study.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 1, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

beep of lies...beep

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 1, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

There's a reason Devin hasn't offered up any intelligence on the redskins playbook....

He didn't know it

Posted by: Smitity | December 1, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that as the Giants grilled Devin for information on the Skins playbook, he fell asleep on them.

Posted by: VegasJim | December 1, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

giants don't care about washington's play book this is a team that avg about 14-16 pts per game who can't run block and has so-called player's blown off the line constantly, giants going to play-offs again you morons, laughing about d. thomas your team is going home after the season as usual. keep laughing IDIOTS.

Posted by: wathu19 | December 1, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Devin might score a TD on us....I'm sure he'll make a catch or two..

Posted by: impervious99 | December 1, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Just like his 'skins days, he'll be lucky to get on the field for more than 5 plays and even luckier to manage a single catch.

Posted by: winker2233 | December 1, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse



(can I be in the club?)

I don't know how many of these coaches earn a living. Randy Moss finishing games without a catch? I mean, I'm starting to think the league is coached by maniacs who generally shoot themselves in the foot. Belichik might be blessed with a little something from the past called "Common Sense."

If you can't work in a play or two or three to Devin Thomas in a week, you need to go and call BINGO.

If you can't work in a play or two or three to Randy Moss in a week, you need to file for Disability, because you're obviously RETARDED.

Let me coach an offense and have Randy Moss or even Devin Thomas' (Diva Thomas) available... I guaran-f'ing-TEE we score TDs on ANYBODY.

But, hey, what do I know? I didn't write a 700 page playbook or spend last year in a film review bunker. Randy Moss?!! Drop back, chuck ball high in the air in his general direction.

If unsuccessful, adjust fire until TD.

Not that hard.

Thomas is a little trickier, but if I'm the Giants, I give him easy "in" and "comeback" routes and see if he can make any of our crap-tackling secondary miss.

After that, it's off to the races.

Sad. Diva Thomas could be helping this team right now, but Shanny doesn't like gay. Ever heard of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?"

I don't remember Diva Thomas boasting of his sexploits!

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 2, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

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