Mike Thomas struggling in Lions camp

AP

Just before last year’s trade deadline, the Lions shipped a 2014 fifth-round draft pick for receiver Mike Thomas — who may be long gone before the 2014 draft.

In fact, Thomas may be gone before this year’s final roster cuts: According to MLive.com, Thomas might not be long for the roster after he has struggled mightily while working with the third-string offense.

On Friday, Thomas was shut down so badly by backup defensive back Domonique Johnson that he simply stopped running his route and they quit on the drill. That’s not good.

Thomas once looked like a promising young player, having caught 66 passes for 820 yards in his second season in Jacksonville. In 2011 the Jaguars were so high on Thomas that they gave him a five-year, $19 million contract with $9 million guaranteed. But now Thomas looks like he may be out of the NFL by the time the regular season starts.