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Devin Thomas sliding down depth chart?

Second year wideout Devin Thomas was the subject of many an optimistic offseason profile, and it looked like the much-hyped Michigan State product was poised to fill their receiver hole opposite Santana Moss.

But as so often happens, a flowery offseason story started to dry up when live tackling started.

Malcolm Kelly, a fellow second-round pick with major injury issues, has reportedly passed Devin Thomas with his preseason play.  The Washington Post even hints that seventh-round rookie Marko Mitchell could pass Thomas if he keeps up his impressive play. 

The Redskins have a lot invested in Thomas, so that’s hard to imagine.  But it’s not a great sign that Thomas is struggling to make a big impact in training camp.  There are a lot of people in Washington just waiting to shower praise on Thomas and give him playing time.

Thomas just has to give them a reason to do it.

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35 Responses to “Devin Thomas sliding down depth chart?”
  1. NagaSwan says: Aug 26, 2009 2:02 PM

    Yeah, he doesn’t seem to be good. It doesn’t help that JC is throwing the ball to him. Kelly made a grab during one of the preseason games that made me say ‘wow.’ It was a terribly thrown ball that was about 3 feet above him that he was able to bring in. If he stays healthy he will be a probowler. That is a huuuuge ‘if.’

  2. LCCJ says: Aug 26, 2009 2:11 PM

    Redskins =Cellar Dwellars of the NFC East

  3. asween40 says: Aug 26, 2009 2:16 PM

    NagaSwan says:
    August 26, 2009 2:02 PM
    “If he stays healthy he will be a probowler.”
    (giggling like a school girl)
    Hey fans, vote for your pro bowl selections for NFC WR
    Here are your options:
    larry fitzgerald, anquan boldin, calvin johnson, steve smith, antonio bryant, greg jennings, roddy white, Tj Housh, marques colston, roy williams, desean jackson, devin hester, santana moss, steve smith (nyg), steve breaston, donald driver, bernard berrian, donnie avery
    oh yea and……. malcolm kelly

  4. Curlynerd says: Aug 26, 2009 2:22 PM

    Campbell certinaly doesn’t help the situation, but that’s even more reason to keep guys like Kelly and Marco Mitchell, who can go get the ball and be big targets….
    Campbell and Thomas may be on the street next year.

  5. sn@ke says: Aug 26, 2009 2:31 PM

    He is a complete bust.
    Kelly only looks good because he is being compared to this disaster. What a mess.
    Hail!

  6. Hap says: Aug 26, 2009 2:39 PM

    ‘Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of DannyboySchneider’s and Vinny Cerrato’s lives.”
    Who’s the talent evaluator in that group ? I want a job. I can catch a cold, therefore I could get a look ?

  7. mafleish says: Aug 26, 2009 2:41 PM

    I think the Pro Bowl thoughts from the first commenter was merely a confirmation that the Redskins will not be in the Super Bowl, and therefore eligible for this year’s Pro Bowl.

  8. rjs says: Aug 26, 2009 2:41 PM

    Thomas looks like a bust and Kelly will always be limited by his knee. Another stellar draft by the Redskins. LOL.

  9. wawaweewa says: Aug 26, 2009 2:45 PM

    asween40 – I agree with your general point. However I think the other poster was saying that he will be a pro-bowler in his career, not this season. You would have giggled like a school girl at like 2/3′s of the names on your current list if someone said they would be a pro-bowler in the offseason before their second year.
    Also, how the hell did you include NYG Steve Smith on that list?

  10. jaytrotter says: Aug 26, 2009 2:51 PM

    He means that if he stays healthy Kelly will become a pro bowl player. That doesn’t mean he will be one this year.

  11. jaytrotter says: Aug 26, 2009 2:53 PM

    ‘Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of DannyboySchneider’s and Vinny Cerrato’s lives.”
    Who’s the talent evaluator in that group ? I want a job. I can catch a cold, therefore I could get a look ?
    The Skins have actually done good job in the draft. Their problem has been they haven’t had that many draft picks for the most part.

  12. itwasn'tme says: Aug 26, 2009 2:55 PM

    Maybe he should spend less time modeling and more time in the playbook!

  13. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 26, 2009 2:58 PM

    I think not indicating what team you’re talking about until the fourth and penultimate paragraph isn’t particularly good journalism.

  14. Hap says: Aug 26, 2009 3:00 PM

    jaytrotter-You have GOT to be kidding me. They are 0-12 since ’90 on QB selections, including JC and the likes of Heath Shuler. We don’t even want to get any deeper into it.
    Oh, dang it, let’s. LaVar. ‘Nuff said. I don’t want to embarass you any further.

  15. wawaweewa says: Aug 26, 2009 3:18 PM

    Rookie season stats:
    Steve Smith (CAR) – 10 catches, 154 yards
    TJ Houshmandzadeh – 21 catches, 228 yards
    Devin Hester – 0 catches, 0 yards
    Santana Moss – 2 catches, 40 yards
    Steve Smith (NYG) – 8 catches, 63 yards
    Steve Breaston – 8 catches, 92 yards
    Donald Driver – 3 catches, 31 yards
    Bernard Berrian – 15 catches, 225 yards
    —————————————–
    Malcolm Kelly – 3 catches, 18 yards
    Devin Thomas – 15 catches, 120 yards
    Point being, you have no idea who will become a Pro Bowl WR judging by their rookie year.

  16. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 26, 2009 3:45 PM

    “wawaweewa says:
    August 26, 2009 3:18 PM
    Point being, you have no idea who will become a Pro Bowl WR judging by their rookie year.”
    Great list. Of course, only 1 of those guys was drafted higher than Thomas, and he blew out his knee in training camp his rookie year. And the only other 2nd round picks on there are Steve Smith (NYG) and he isn’t exactly lighting up the league yet, and Devin Hester who is barely a wide receiver (and certainly didn’t make the Pro Bowl as one).
    How about a list of crappy WRs drafted 34th or higher, who ended up becoming Pro Bowlers?

  17. asween40 says: Aug 26, 2009 4:02 PM

    i read it as he will make the pro bowler this season……
    who the hell makes comments about someone being a pro bowler …one day…..SWEET projection……mark sanchez might, maybe, possibly be a pro bowler one day…..who gives a rat’s ass?….i thought like a normal person he was making a comment about this upcoming season.
    And steve smith from the giants is an underrated possession receiver that may be called on to make a lot of plays for that team in the absence of plaxico…..
    and the rest of those guys were just options that have a better chance of making the pro bowl than malcolm kelly…THIS YEAR

  18. Mangy66 says: Aug 26, 2009 4:22 PM

    “LCCJ says:
    August 26, 2009 2:11 PM
    Redskins =Cellar Dwellars of the NFC East ”
    ___________________
    Can you imagine this guy in person?
    I can picture him now…
    LCCJ: “O’Doyle Rules!”
    Moron. What a loser this chump must be. Really intelligent addition to this post buddy.

  19. Mangy66 says: Aug 26, 2009 4:31 PM

    The unwritten rule is that you don’t judge a WR until after their 3rd season.
    They can’t all be Wayne Chrbet.

  20. milocoman says: Aug 26, 2009 4:56 PM

    No but history of Michigan State Receivers in the NFL is not real strong either…

  21. mzilla99 says: Aug 26, 2009 5:01 PM

    as a skins fan there’s just so much BS on here it’s overwhelming
    “jaytrotter says:
    August 26, 2009 2:53 PM
    The Skins have actually done good job in the draft. Their problem has been they haven’t had that many draft picks for the most part.”
    How the eff do you figure that when you draft 2 WRs and the best TE in college football (all in the 2nd round) and none of them can play?
    The skins depth chart is such a disaster that it can only be the work of Vinny Cerrato. They’ve been playing ARE as a #2 for THREE YEARS !! he needs to be cut, keep some young blood. They have a 30 year old “3rd down back” for Christ’s sakes!!! Someone please stop the bleeding!

  22. spartyfi says: Aug 26, 2009 5:15 PM

    NagaSwan: You need to watch more football my friend. You saw him make ONE catch that made you say “wow” and you’re already talking potential probowler? You sir win the award for most ignorant poster!

  23. golongboyee says: Aug 26, 2009 5:56 PM

    jaytrotter = absolute moron.
    Skins are one of the worst drafting teams over the last decade, period. The reason they don’t have draft picks is because they trade them away. That is also part of one’s drafting legacy.
    Plus, they have no depth anywhere………why, because they are absolutely clueless in the scouting department…..CLUELESS!

  24. DanSnyder says: Aug 26, 2009 6:24 PM

    draft..? I like turtles.

  25. jaytrotter says: Aug 26, 2009 6:57 PM

    Everyone who is bashing me clearly hasn’t been paying close attention to the Redskins drafts the last few years. Are you going to tell me Sean Taylor wasnt a good pick? Or Laron Landry, Carlos Rogers, Rocky Macintosh or from the early returns Orakpo? Trading up to get Cooley in the 3rd round wasn’t good? Finding Dockery, Gholston, Montgomery,Blades and Chris Horton in the middle to late rounds werent good picks? Mike Sellers and Stephon Heyer as undrafted free agents. And as to the Skins having no depth. Do you even watch the team? In 2007 they lost there right tackle for the season in the first game, starting guard for the season in the second, starting corner 6 games in, best player is MURDERED half way through the season, stating QB goes out in November and through all that they still make the playoffs while playing in the leagues toughest decision. A team with no ability to draft and with zero depth doesn’t do that. Those are the facts.

  26. jaytrotter says: Aug 26, 2009 7:22 PM

    The history of MSU WR’s is actually quite strong milocoman. Plax, Derrick Mason, Andre Rison, and Bobboy Ingram.

  27. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 26, 2009 7:48 PM

    “jaytrotter says:
    August 26, 2009 6:57 PM
    Are you going to tell me Sean Taylor wasnt a good pick? Or Laron Landry, Carlos Rogers, Rocky Macintosh or from the early returns Orakpo? Trading up to get Cooley in the 3rd round wasn’t good? Finding Dockery, Gholston, Montgomery,Blades and Chris Horton in the middle to late rounds werent good picks? Mike Sellers and Stephon Heyer”
    You started off strong there, but then you just started making up names hoping no one would notice because your team is irrelevant.

  28. skinfan says: Aug 26, 2009 8:25 PM

    MSU- Wide receiver U.
    …Muhsin Muhammad, Courtney Hawkins
    http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/football/nfl/draft/stories/033108dnspodraftseries.332c95d.html

  29. golongboyee says: Aug 26, 2009 10:35 PM

    jaytrotter………..you are the epitome of a clueless, blind Redskin fan……sure, every team is going to get a few picks right, especially in the first round……Sean Taylor and Cooley are good picks. All the others you mentioned are not….just because they start on the team doesn’t mean they are good picks…you obviously have no clue about your own team because they (as every sportswriter covering them will attest t0 and every GM in the league)have no depth…..and are terrible at drafting…..and, only a desperate Redskin fan would look at a rookie (Oraqpo)and see the pick was a good one. Why don’t you wait until after a few games in the regular season moron. They also are terrible at free agent pick-ups as well……but that is an entirely different story.

  30. jaytrotter says: Aug 26, 2009 11:59 PM

    So golonbgboyee if the Skins are terrible at drafting and terrible at free agency why aren’t they terrible on the field?

  31. jaytrotter says: Aug 27, 2009 12:01 AM

    Haha. Classic TFbuckfutter. You say my team is irrelevant yet you are posting on a thread about said team. Embarrassing stuff on your part.

  32. jaytrotter says: Aug 27, 2009 12:08 AM

    For the record I think the Skins are an an average team and an average franchise. Everything about them points to average. I do think they’ve done better in recent years in the draft and in free agency. I dont think they are some top notch team. If you listened to most of you guys you’d think the Skins are the Lions. You think they draft awful, make horrible FA moves and have a bad QB. I’m not sure you’d explain them not sucking on the field but I’m sure you morons will find a way.

  33. WashingtonRedOookies says: Aug 27, 2009 1:53 AM

    The Skins have decent depth at almost every defense position.
    Their offensive line is a total joke and is the reason that we will win 6 games this year.
    At least the rest of the division will fall apart too. This year will be more about schadenfreude and the Cowboys than anything else.

  34. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 27, 2009 6:53 AM

    “jaytrotter says:
    August 27, 2009 12:01 AM
    Haha. Classic TFbuckfutter. You say my team is irrelevant yet you are posting on a thread about said team. Embarrassing stuff on your part.”
    Yeah. I posted with a critique of the article…..
    Then after reading a few comments, I couldn’t help but make fun of you.

  35. jaytrotter says: Aug 27, 2009 11:34 AM

    only a desperate Redskin fan would look at a rookie (Oraqpo)and see the pick was a good one. Why don’t you wait until after a few games in the regular season moron.
    I said the early returns on Orakpo were good. So for the record golongboyee thinks that makes me a desperate Redskins fan.

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