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Pluses and minuses for Devin Thomas

Entering his third NFL season, Devin Thomas is fully aware that he has been under the microscope during training camp and will be throughout the preseason. Heading into Friday night's preseason opener against Buffalo he hadn't particularly impressed his new coaches. Thomas went into the contest listed as a third-string wide receiver and in the mix to return kicks -- not exactly where the Redskins hoped he would be after they made him a second-round draft pick in 2008.

And judging from his start Friday night, it looked like it could only get worse for the Michigan State product. Thomas mishandled the game's opening kickoff, which was recovered by teammate Byron Westbrook, and had trouble catching the Bills' second kick. He entered the game at wide receiver in the second quarter and dropped the first pass thrown to him.

It wasn't how he envisioned his first taste of live action this season.

"I got off to a slow start," Thomas said. "I definitely was seeing myself making an impact as soon as I got the first kick return but I had a couple mishaps, had one drop and so I just had to focus up and couldn't let that bring me down."

Said Coach Mike Shanahan: "I thought he made a couple good plays after starting a little bit slow, which was good to see."

Thomas responded in a big way, catching three balls for 64 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown connection with Rex Grossman. Thomas used a corner-post route to get behind the Bills secondary and Grossman, who went 11 of 18 for 140 yards and two touchdowns, was able to hit him in stride.

"It came together so good," Thomas said. "I set the defender up and did my move and, Rex put it right on the line for me so it was just a perfect combo."

Thomas acknowledged how important bouncing back was as he battles to move up in the depth chart before the Redskins open the season on Sept. 12.

"It's my third year," Thomas said. "I'm on the third string and I gotta just show what I'm worth, show why they drafted me and just every time I get an opportunity, I'm trying to do what I can so that's huge for me, being able to make a big play and score a touchdown."

By Jorge Castillo  |  August 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Devin Thomas  
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Comments

I am proud to say that I am today's RI earlybird.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 15, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 15, 2010 6:13 AM

Congrats! You're the RI Mayo for a day!

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 15, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Let's drop 42 on the Ravens this week, that'll get some buzz going, eh?

Although, with Doug Dutch back there in the secondary, I guess we'll be lucky to score at all...*sigh*

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 15, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

"My move" needs to show a lot more in preseason before he convinces anyone he can start in the NFL.

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 15, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I am proud to say that I am today's RI earlybird.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 15, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

We'll start calling you MistaMayo.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 15, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Thomas had a great head fake on that post rout, little things like that will get you a lot more openings.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

OK, I think we all knew the punt return game was pathetic last year, but this really puts it in perspective...from redskins.com:

The Redskins sadly lacked anything or anybody like Banks last year when they finished with 152 yards on punt returns – in 16 games.

That's less than 10 yards PER GAME!! Ugh!

Banks is on the roster, speed kills.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 15, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Tight ends Chris Cooley, Fred Davis give Redskins more options on offense

Hopefully, we'll get to see what the plans are for CC and FD this weekend.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Thomas had a great head fake on that post rout, little things like that will get you a lot more openings.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 8:14 AM |

It's good to see anything positive from Thomas, but the rest of his night sucked. And the great head fake was against which great DB? He's got to show more than this in his third year in the league.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Tight ends Chris Cooley, Fred Davis give Redskins more options on offense

Hopefully, we'll get to see what the plans are for CC and FD this weekend.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 8:18 AM

Be patient. I'm happy to wait to see it when we open against Dallas. Why play our cards now?

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

"We'll start calling you MistaMayo."


MistaMoe: Can I sue for copyright infringement?

Lawyer: Sue? You ain't got no rights you idiot!(Stops to read a text on his cell. Smirks)

Take the name joke as a compliment.

MistaMoe: Yeah,sure. But that "MistaMayo" sounds a lot like my name.

Lawyer (pausing to check his cell): How 'bout you change your screen name to "MistaMoron".

'Cuz that's what you sound like right about now.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

DT might make the 53 man roster as the 4th or 5th receiver, then possibly work his way up as injuries etc occur. MK - he can go have leg issues somewhere else. Banks is a lock to make the team - we need a dynamic player like him on the team. How refreshing after watching fair-catch El all last year.

Posted by: scoot21 | August 15, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Ravens/Jets

The next two preseason practices/games should be more telling than as the bills contest was for obvious reasons.

Both teams will put better offenses and defenses on the field, and in doing so, provide a real glimpse as to what kind of team the redskins will have this year.

Consider the bills game a glorified practice.

Ravens/Jets will be two games that tell the truth.


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

"We'll start calling you MistaMayo."


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 8:33 AM

It's only the beginning. He's coming after gimmesummayo next. And, he can spread it on thick.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thinks it may be time to just stop reporting quotations from players? They add absolutely nothing and just remind us how rehearsed and faceless most of these guys are.

Let's just let their play speak for itself and maybe have an occasional quote from a coach.

Posted by: snoopylad | August 15, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 8:43 AM


That's is too, too, too, too, too funny.

And with that, I'll go gimmesummoe Apple Jacks.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thinks it may be time to just stop reporting quotations from players? They add absolutely nothing and just remind us how rehearsed and faceless most of these guys are.

Posted by: snoopylad | August 15, 2010 8:46 AM

Probably not, but I would much rather read what players have to say than, e.g., what the posters up here have to say. You talk about "rehearsed and faceless"? RI posters own the franchise. (Except mistamoe and he was black balled from the Rehearsed and Faceless Club. Dude is a black sheep around here.)

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

"They add absolutely nothing and just remind us how rehearsed and faceless most of these guys are."

This is true only because the media will take a guys' verbal gaffe or simple screwup, and create a controversy out of it by attaching the word '-gate' to it.

So far, this year alone we've had:

TigerWoodsgate

FranciscoRodriguezgate

StevenStrasburggate

GilbertArenasgate

ObamaRecessiongate

Albert Haynesworthconditioningtestgate

LeBrongate

TimTebowhaircutgate

RooneyRulegate

FOXnewsMSNBCbothFULLOFCRAPgate

ShirleySherrodgate

BPGulfofMexicogate


Indeed, like you, all I want is the truth about what's going on in the world.

The less we hear athletes speak, the more we'll know as all-knowing reporters will freely supply the words.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

man...that game was great. can't remember the last time we led by that much or just looked so good. i know it was just buffalo, but...wow...that was great!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | August 15, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"Am I the only one who thinks it may be time to just stop reporting quotations from players? They add absolutely nothing and just remind us how rehearsed and faceless most of these guys are.Let's just let their play speak for itself and maybe have an occasional quote from a coach.Posted by: snoopylad"

You think coaches are any more entertaining?

Let's face it: no NFL person in his right mind wants to be extensively quoted in the media, particularly on anything remotely controversial. Players and coaches are taught that the less you say, the less you'll regret it. That's why a TO or an Ochocinco stands out. But those guys have a career agenda more suited to Hollywood.

Occasionally you'll see a Parcells or a Rex Ryan or a Shanahan using the press to drive home a point to a player or his team, but that's carefully orchestrated.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 15, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm not discouraged by DT's gaffes. His value isn't consistency, it's the potential for a big play. That's something the Skins have lacked, and it's hurt them in many ways. When you realize that about 2% of total plays account for some 20% of total yards gained, it's clear that just having a guy like that on the field can change the defense and create opportunities for everyone.

Of course, if he fails to deliver, that's another matter.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 15, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Of course, if he fails to deliver, that's another matter.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 15, 2010 9:13 AM

He was a high second round pick. He's been here two years already. He's had 40 receptions for 445 yards. He's third on our depth chart. So, yeah, it is another matter.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

FREE MARKO

Posted by: glawrence007 | August 15, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

He was a high second round pick. He's been here two years already. He's had 40 receptions for 445 yards. He's third on our depth chart. So, yeah, it is another matter.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse
True. But coaches must forget where someone was drafted, and focus on getting best combination of 53 players, then on putting best 11 on field for any circumstance. The last thing they need to worry about was where someone was drafted.

It's always about what have you done lately, not where you were drafted.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 15, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

It's always about what have you done lately, not where you were drafted.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 15, 2010 10:05 AM

That's why I wrote: "He's had 40 receptions for 445 yards. He's third on our depth chart." That's two years' production in the NFL.

That's what he's done lately. Well, that and screwing up on the kickoffs. And, he's obviously not impressing anyone in practice or he wouldn't be third on the depth chart.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I was looking for the Post Ecology section, thought writers on staff would find this paragraph interesting-

“In what appears Kafkaesque logic, the property developers argue that because the station contains a “priceless collection”, no monetary value can be assigned to it and so it is worthless. In another nod to Kafka, the government’s federal fund of residential real estate development has argued that the collection was never registered and thus does not officially exist. “It is a bitter irony that the single most deliberately destructive act against crop diversity could be about to happen in the country that invented the modern seed bank,” said Cary Fowler. “Russia taught the world about the importance of crop collections for the future of agriculture. A decision to destroy Pavlovsk would forever tarnish a cause that generations of Russian plant scientists have lived and, quite literally, died, to protect.” The station was established in 1926 by Nikolai Vavilov, the man credited with creating the idea of seed banks as repositories of plant diversity that could be used to breed new varieties in response to threats to food production. During the siege of Leningrad, 12 scientists chose to starve to death while protecting the diversity amassed by Vavilov, even though the seeds of rice, peas, corn and wheat that they were protecting could have sustained them.”

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

That's why I wrote: "He's had 40 receptions for 445 yards. He's third on our depth chart." That's two years' production in the NFL.

That's what he's done lately. Well, that and screwing up on the kickoffs. And, he's obviously not impressing anyone in practice or he wouldn't be third on the depth chart.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

What I mean by lately is OTA's and training camp. Last two years were under different coach, different O, different QB. Let's watch him this year and assess what he's done last 5 mo.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 15, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

beeo beep!

Posted by: NCICURN | August 15, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

If DT11 plays as well as he grooms himself every 45 mins, he could be an elite WR...

Posted by: skins2dadeath | August 15, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"He was a high second round pick. He's been here two years already. He's had 40 receptions for 445 yards. He's third on our depth chart. So, yeah, it is another matter.
Posted by: beep-beep"

All of that, of course, will represent a big 'so what?' if he scores a few TDs.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 15, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The man wants to be a video star! How in the world can you guys expect his football career to get in the way!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 15, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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