DOES DEVIN THOMAS HAVE A FUTURE WITH THE GIANTS?
Giants General Manager Jerry Reese likes to add blue collar players with
something to prove to the bottom of his roster throughout the season. The
conversation begins and ends with Chase
Giants wide receiver Devin
Thomas, center, holds the Vince Lombari trophy while teammates celebrate
after defeating the New England Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl XLVI February
5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersesy)
He was set to teach grade school before he got a call from the Giants. A week
later, he was intercepting Aaron Rodgers in a key week 13 matchup against the
Green Bay Packers.
Thomas is another example of such a player who came in during the 2010
season after being released by the Carolina Panthers and the Washington Redskins.
He came in in against the Redskins in week 14 and recorded five tackles on
special teams and downing several punts. Fast forward one season, and Thomas,
once a highly touted second round pick out of Michigan State, was reduced to
refining his special teams skills on a week to week basis. It paid off. He
recovered a key fumble in the NFC Championship game against the San
Francisco49ers that bounced off of returner Kyle Williams.
Thomas was determined from day one this past season. He came into Eli
Manning's passing camps at Bergen Catholic in extremely good shape and
worked out with the quarterback each day he was there.
In preseason, he returned a kickoff 70 yards against the Chicago Bears. He
also had key returns against the Arizona Cardinals and a key 3rd down conversion
against the Dallas Cowboys.
Thomas has tried in every way he can to contribute and Giants management
should take notice. Expect him to be re-signed this coming season and have a
good chance at doing some damage on the receiver depth chart in the event that