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Mike Thomas plummeting down Jaguars depth chart

Mike Thomas,  Antwon Blake AP

It wasn’t so long ago that the Jaguars considered receiver Mike Thomas a rising star. The 2009 fourth-round pick racked up 114 catches for 1,273 yards and five touchdowns during his first two seasons, primarily operating as a slot receiver. Last October, Jags G.M. Gene Smith signed Thomas to a three-year, $18 million contract extension. The deal included $9 million guaranteed.

But 2011 was easily Thomas’ worst season as a pro, as he struggled with drops, route running, and a transition from slot to outside receiver. Some Jaguars fan-types have blamed quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s awful rookie season on the performance of his pass catchers. And if that’s to be believed, Thomas was a primary culprit.

No longer on scholarship with a new coaching staff in Jacksonville, Thomas has been pushed down the depth chart in camp. According to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union, a “struggling” Thomas has been demoted behind second-year man Cecil Shorts in the receiver group. A fourth-round pick in last year’s draft, Shorts caught two of his twelve pass targets in ten games as a rookie. He dropped more balls (three) than he caught. And Shorts is ahead of Thomas now.

Thomas’ 2012 base salary of $1.45 million is guaranteed, and the Jaguars already paid him a $3.5 million roster bonus in March. In addition, $1 million of Thomas’ 2013 salary ($1.45 million) is guaranteed.

So if Thomas does stay on the Jaguars’ roster, it would probably be only for financial reasons. He’d likely be cut if Smith hadn’t signed off on what, in hindsight, has been a complete waste of money by the organization.

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19 Responses to “Mike Thomas plummeting down Jaguars depth chart”
  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 2, 2012 2:04 PM

    If he is struggling and plummeting, it might mean he will get cut sooner rather than later.

  2. afunny0 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:09 PM

    Evan can u please stop blaming everything on Blaine Gabbert, its annoying. Thomas has not been playing well because of Thomas. MOST JAGUAR FANS DO NOT LIKE U EVAN, so can you please stop talking and writing about the Jags.

  3. sj39 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:10 PM

    I know Kahn really wanted to own an NFL franchise and he seems like a good guy but he has got to be wondering what he has gotten himself into. This team is just a mess.

  4. emma333 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:10 PM

    Speculating on whether the Jags have wasted money or will cut Thomas is very premature for a national site to report prior the even the first scrimmage (never mind pre-season game). Mike Thomas needs to step up to earn what he has been paid, but the cherry picking of negative information without reporting anything positive is starting to make you look really bad.

  5. threedeep1998 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:12 PM

    The only thing I associate this dude with is Gus Johnson’s hail mary call.

  6. rpiotr01 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    Holy cow that team is a mess.

  7. hrudey says: Aug 2, 2012 2:18 PM

    Excellent detective work again, Silva! A single line at the bottom of a story and you’ve deduced that a player would have been cut based on one week of training camp if not for his contract. Thank goodness you’re on top of the Jaguars as if they’re your personal port-a-potty!

  8. daysend564 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:20 PM

    Garrard will be come back player of the year.

    He made people think that both Thomas and Sims-Walker were real NFL receivers.

  9. terraj35 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:26 PM

    So lets get this straight.. Blaine Gabbert has been disappointing, Justin Blackmon got a DUI and wont sign his contract, MJD is holding out with no end in sight and hasn’t even met his new coach, Laurent Robinson got overpaid and has been underachieving at camp, and now they figured out Mike Thomas is useless (something everyone outside of J-ville already knew).

    Must be great being a Jags fan.

  10. prettyboyjag says: Aug 2, 2012 2:32 PM

    Thing is, Blaine is looking better everyday. Far from disapointing. But by reading this site everyday, you’d think he was regressing…don’t be shocked when he makes a big leap this year.

  11. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 2, 2012 2:57 PM

    Evan Silva, you and your buddies herehave been a very busy man. You all have not attended a single Jaguar training camp practice, yet you all have all of these negative articles about the Jaguars. This is day seven of training camp and there has been plenty and I do mean plenty, of POSITIVE tweets, articles, interviews and videos about Gabbert, Rashard Jennings, Marcedes Lewis, Laurent Robinson, O-Line, the entire defense and more from Jax reporters who are actually THERE at practice yet you skip all of those positive reports and only report the NEGATIVE ones. I guess negative news is better for business than good news huh? Gotta love agendas.

  12. jeremycrowhurst says: Aug 2, 2012 3:42 PM

    Really? Thomas’s contract is the one that was a big waste of money? It’s Thomas’s fault that only one of the Jags’ receivers caught more than 50% of his passes, or that Gabbert could only hit Mighty Mouse for 68% of his passes that, on average, were caught a half-yard behind the line of scrimmage? It’s Thomas’s fault that Gabbert is putting up numbers like 1 for 14 in passing drills in camp?

    Wow, that Thomas character has a pretty amazing skill set — causing drops on balls thrown to people 40 yards away from him.

  13. brenenostler says: Aug 2, 2012 3:45 PM

    Maybe the Jaguars should have just kept Garrard. But as a Colts fan, I guess I can’t complain.

  14. schmitty2 says: Aug 2, 2012 3:46 PM

    afunny0 says:Aug 2, 2012 2:09 PM

    Evan can u please stop blaming everything on Blaine Gabbert, its annoying. Thomas has not been playing well because of Thomas. MOST JAGUAR FANS DO NOT LIKE U EVAN, so can you please stop talking and writing about the Jags.

    You Jags fans are whiny babies. If you don’t like the articles dont read! How about the part where Silva said “But 2011 was easily Thomas’ worst season as a pro, as he struggled with drops, route running, and a transition from slot to outside receiver. Seems to me he is laying most of the blame on Thomas himself

  15. soia311 says: Aug 2, 2012 3:53 PM

    Blaine Gabbert is the worst QB I’ve ever seen.

  16. tombrookshire says: Aug 2, 2012 4:00 PM

    Put down the bong and pick up the playbook, or iPad. Whatever!

  17. swellbuilt says: Aug 2, 2012 5:09 PM

    sj39 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:10 PM

    I know Kahn really wanted to own an NFL franchise and he seems like a good guy but he has got to be wondering what he has gotten himself into. This team is just a mess.

    -

    So were the Patriots when Kraft bought them. Took awhile.

  18. randallflagg52 says: Aug 2, 2012 5:26 PM

    Maybe he’ll look better with Matt Barkley throwing him passes next season.

    Gabbert is seriously the worst QB I’ve ever seen. He actually throws the ball with his eyes closed in the face of a pass rush. Don’t believe me? Google it.

  19. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 2, 2012 10:45 PM

    The Jag’s are so deep at wide receiver….that must be why they drafted a punter in the 3rd round.

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