Thomas Will Focus on Better Conditioning
Devin Thomas said he believes he prepared well for this preseason, but admits that in the future he must do more to be ready for two-a-days. Thomas and fellow second-round pick Malcolm Kelly failed the team's conditioning test, and both are trying to overcome injuries suffered early in camp, with Jim Zorn pulling no punches in detailing the situation with the media.
"It was tough coming into the training camp right away," Thomas said after watching the afternoon special-teams practice. "It was an eye-opener. I definitely will be better prepared next year."
Thomas said he is aiming to return for the third preseason game - Aug. 16 - and, "it's hard sitting at home watching the guys." In hindsight Thomas said he could have done more offseason work, but believes he and Kelly took conditioning seriously. "We were in shape," Thomas said. He said the shuttle test - 12 runs of 25 yards - are a little tough for 200-plus pounders (receivers have to complete the test in under a minute, while the time frame is longer for linemen and other positions).
"We didn't have a lot of time to prepare for it," Thomas said, "and stuff was thrown at us pretty fast ... But no excuses, it's something we should have passed."
Thomas that he suffered his hamstring injury by "not stretching it enough while it was getting tight."
Zorn said it will be tough for Kelly and Thomas to play catch-up in this offense early in the season after missing weeks on end, but Thomas is thinking positively.
"As far as making an impact from the get-go, I don't look at that as a difficult thing to do," Thomas said.
Kelly remains in Florida after having arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and was not available for comment.
Other than that, the afternoon practice was a brisk, special teams affair. Derrick Frost got off some booming punts; not a whole heck of a lot happened otherwise, so I'll see you guys back in the a.m., bright and early for two more sessions.
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