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Redskins sign fourth-round pick Phillip Thomas

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The Redskins have announced the signing of another draft pick.

Safety Phillip Thomas, selected in the fourth round with the 119th overall pick, has agreed to a four-year deal with the team. Thomas is the fifth of seven Washington draft picks to sign, leaving only second-round cornerback David Amerson and third-round tight end Jordan Reed unsigned.

Thomas was one of two safeties — Bacarri Rambo was the other — taken by the Redskins during the draft. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has indicated that Thomas will be viewed as a free safety. If Brandon Meriweather is healthy, he’s a good bet to win the starting strong safety job which would leave Thomas to compete with DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty for the other spot.

That might prove to be more than the rookie is ready for in his first season, but he’ll provide depth and special teams help at the very least for a team that needs better play from their safeties than they got in 2012.

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25 Responses to “Redskins sign fourth-round pick Phillip Thomas”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: May 17, 2013 1:09 PM

    What a team we’re building. Thank God my team is lead by a patient owner and great Football men in Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan. #BurgundyandGoldStandard

  2. commonsensedude says: May 17, 2013 1:13 PM

    “If Brandon Meriweather is healthy, he’s a good bet to win the starting strong safety job which would leave Thomas to compete with DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty for the other spot.”

    So, in other words, if Brandon Meriweather is health, Thomas will get the other spot.

  3. rg3andthensome says: May 17, 2013 1:16 PM

    We are ready to dominate.

  4. skinsfanwill says: May 17, 2013 1:25 PM

    Now if Chase Minniefield can come back healthy, I’m predicting he will be a star in this league. I’m loving the depth this year. that hasn’t been present in a long time. One injury used to cost us an entire season.

  5. damnsureis says: May 17, 2013 1:33 PM

    Is it just me or does every picture from the combine have the person in the exact same position?

  6. rgtre10 says: May 17, 2013 1:41 PM

    Well the way the story is written is as if learning to play free safety is like rocket science…as one who played the position I can honestly say it’s a game a chess between you and the QB, each trying to make the other believe he’s looking to do one thing when only trying to bait you…the thing for the free safety is to not committ yourself too soon split the field and react to the actual play and also have good field coverage skills…ala don’t go for the pump fake or the look away and committ yourself to one side of the field. On that note i’d have to say competing with Doughty and Gomes shouldn’t be that hard of a task one has slow reaction time and other is just not a free safety…

  7. rgtre10 says: May 17, 2013 1:43 PM

    Forgot to mention in the last post…Thomas is a playmaker and has been deemed as such, whereas Doughty and Gomes are not…

  8. rickywatts80 says: May 17, 2013 1:48 PM

    I loved his work on Miami Vice. I can just hear the guitar riff and visualize the bouncing bikini babe from the opening credits.

    Here’s to you, Tubbs!

  9. champ1118 says: May 17, 2013 1:49 PM

    Disclaimer: I’m a Redskins fan. However, if the Redskins have somehow struck gold in this draft, this will be a scary team. They get Orakpo and Carriker back, the new TE paired with a healthy Fred Davis, and a improved secondary has me feeling good. Of course, it all hinges on #10 being healthy and bringing that dynamic playmaking ability to the offense. Of course all this is best case scenario, but there is real reason for optimism coming off a 10 win season. I think I see light at the end of the Zorn/Cerroto tunnel and it’s not a train.

  10. yevrag3535 says: May 17, 2013 1:51 PM

    Fraud team in a fraud city !

  11. skinsfansince71 says: May 17, 2013 2:28 PM

    yevrag3535 says: May 17, 2013 1:51 PM

    Fraud team in a fraud city !

    They fit in with the fraud league.

  12. skinsfanwill says: May 17, 2013 2:40 PM

    I am an avid Skins fan and I still have doubt about our defensive coordinator. Basically, he sucks. He took our team defense from top 10 to second to last in 2 years with almost the same players. Blitz everybody on 3rd down and blitz even more on 4th down and 24. I love the players, but if the scheme sucks then they will all look bad.

  13. thirdistheworrd says: May 17, 2013 2:44 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: May 17, 2013 1:09 PM

    What a team we’re building. Thank God my team is lead by a patient owner and great Football men in Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan. #BurgundyandGoldStandard
    ____________
    I feel like he’s trying to make Redskins fans look like fools, but this is just a pretty valid statement. Snyder has taken a backseat and Shanahan is in charge of all personnel decisions while Allen keeps the team fiscally responsible. And if “what a team we’re building” is sarcastic, that’s beyond foolish. Since 2010, DC has had more draft picks in the starting lineup than any other team in the league. If we’re talking 2013, an overwhelming majority of analysts had Washington taking Thomas in the second, while some had Rambo in the second, or at least third. Instead the Redskins got Thomas in the fourth and Rambo in the sixth– I don’t see any way anybody in the organization can catch flak here.

  14. rufustfireflyjr says: May 17, 2013 2:54 PM

    “And if “what a team we’re building” is sarcastic, that’s beyond foolish.”

    logicalvoicesays doesn’t do sarcasm when he’s talking about the ‘Skins.

  15. supertheothers says: May 17, 2013 2:57 PM

    I have really like seeing the complete turn around this team has done in the last 3 years. I am not saying Super Bowl here we come or that they are better than every team, but they are ready to compete with any team and that’s a good start for the future of Redskins football .

  16. thirdistheworrd says: May 17, 2013 2:59 PM

    skinsfanwill says: May 17, 2013 2:40 PM

    I am an avid Skins fan and I still have doubt about our defensive coordinator. Basically, he sucks. He took our team defense from top 10 to second to last in 2 years with almost the same players. Blitz everybody on 3rd down and blitz even more on 4th down and 24. I love the players, but if the scheme sucks then they will all look bad.
    __________
    He took the team from 2nd to 13th during a scheme change from 4-3 to 3-4, that’s a pretty average drop during a scheme change.

    The next year, he bet on the pass rush to compensate for a shoddy secondary (a result of the last minute cap penalty). When the pass rush was knocked out for the season in game 2, Washington was kind of over a barrel, but they still managed to finish 28th in the league defensively (yes, that’s horrible, but it’s not 31st. The secondary finished 31st, that’s what you’re thinking of)

    Still, Haslett was able to adjust and compensate for his third-string quality secondary as the season progressed– the Redskins were 14th in defense over the last seven games of the season.

    If Haslett can pair a halfway decent secondary with a healthy pass rush, the defense could actually be a strength of the team, rather than a cringe-worthy nightmare like 2012.

  17. thirdistheworrd says: May 17, 2013 3:00 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: May 17, 2013 1:09 PM
    What a team we’re building. Thank God my team is lead by a patient owner and great Football men in Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan. #BurgundyandGoldStandard
    ____________
    I feel like he’s trying to sund foolish here, but this is actually a pretty valid statement. Snyder has taken a backseat; Shanahan is in charge of all personnel decisions and Allen keeps the team fiscally responsible. And if “what a team we’re building” is sarcastic, that’s beyond foolish. Since 2010, DC has had more draft picks in the starting lineup than any other team in the league. If we’re talking 2013, an overwhelming majority of analysts had Washington taking Thomas in the second, while some had Rambo in the second, or at least third. Instead the Redskins got Thomas in the fourth and Rambo in the sixth– I don’t see any way anybody in the organization can catch flak here.

  18. thirdistheworrd says: May 17, 2013 3:03 PM

    rufustfireflyjr says: May 17, 2013 2:54 PM

    “And if “what a team we’re building” is sarcastic, that’s beyond foolish.”

    logicalvoicesays doesn’t do sarcasm when he’s talking about the ‘Skins.
    ________________
    Do you seriously still think he’s a Washington fan. Mr. #DeAngeloHallofFame and #AlbertHaynesworthGOAT.

    His only goal in life is to make DC fans look ridiculous.

  19. IBleedBlueBitchez says: May 17, 2013 3:22 PM

    The Redskins(what a racist name)suck, they are the worst team on the planet.
    Logicalvoices is an idiot.

  20. peytonsneck18 says: May 17, 2013 3:27 PM

    redskins are returning back to where they belong, in the nfc east basement, i hope u enjoyed yr one finally year of freedom out of the bottom, but its gonna be short lived, u guys are the weakest link…..GOODBYE!!

  21. voiceofauthority4343 says: May 17, 2013 3:28 PM

    Hopefully, he is not a cheater like rg3.
    Go logicalvoicesays!!

  22. peytonsneck18 says: May 17, 2013 3:52 PM

    the redskins are that turd that comes back when u flush the toilet, u have to double flush them and they are gone!!

  23. mightyjester says: May 17, 2013 3:59 PM

    NFC East basement huh? And what would cause that again? We retained our entire offense, the one that dominated the running game and play action game.We also solidified our weakest spots in the secondary through the draft. Keep wishing we won’t dominate, we’re the future of the NFL.

  24. tigerboye says: May 17, 2013 4:28 PM

    RG3, logicalvoicesays + the best fans, team and coaches = Super Bowl. Suck on that…

    # Stop the hate HTTR!!!!

  25. pastorbobs says: May 17, 2013 6:50 PM

    Redskins went from an old team, with a meddling owner, clueless GM, and Zorn as coach, to a young team that has built itself using the draft. Owner has fired himself, turned it over to pros, and now the results are evident. They are here to stay, this draft was all about high value picks in areas of need. With a strong offense, key returning starters that were injured on defense, and a bolstered secondary they are the team to beat in the east.

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