Devin Thomas
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Devin Thomas
Devin Thomas
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Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1986-11-15) November 15, 1986 (age 33)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Canton (MI)
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at PFR

Devin Thomas (born November 15, 1986) is a former American football wide receiver. After playing college football for Michigan State, he was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played for the Redskins from 2008 to 2010, the Carolina Panthers in 2010, and the New York Giants from 2010 to 2011. He was a member of the 2011-2012 Giants team that won Super Bowl XLVI, beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Early years

Thomas attended and played high school football for Canton High School in Canton, Michigan. As a senior, he played WR, RB and CB, for Division 1 (Class A) Canton High School. He was named All-State after rushing and receiving for over 1,000 yards and 23 touchdowns and also had seven interceptions all in his senior year.

College career

Thomas attended Coffeyville Community College, where he redshirted in 2004 and played as a freshman in 2005. As a sophomore at Michigan State he had only six catches. However, he blocked a punt as a key play in the teams comeback from 35 points against Northwestern. Under head coach Mark Dantonio, Thomas played well his junior year with 79 catches, a school record, for 1,260 yards, and eight touchdowns. Thomas decided to forgo his senior year at Michigan State and declare himself eligibile for the 2008 draft.

Professional career

Washington Redskins

Thomas was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round (34th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. On July 18, he agreed to a four-year 4.8 million contract that included roughly $2.7 million in guaranteed money. Thomas is represented by Drew Rosenhaus. In 2008, Thomas won the NFL Rookie Madden Bowl, defeating future Bears teammate Matt Forte.

The Redskins utilized Thomas a good deal on special teams, mainly on kickoffs. While his playing time on offense grew from 2008 to 2009, his production was limited. In 2008, he amassed 173 yards of total offense and one touchdown (rushing). In 2009, his production marginally improved to 323 yards and three touchdowns (all receiving), with a career game December 6, 2009 against the New Orleans Saints of more than 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Through four games in 2010, under new head coach Mike Shanahan, Thomas amassed no offensive statistics, though he continued to play on special teams.[1]

Thomas was waived by the Redskins on October 9, 2010.

Carolina Panthers

Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers on October 11, 2010, then waived again on November 23, 2010.[2] With the Panthers for five games, Thomas played only in their 37-13 home loss on November 21, 2010 to the Baltimore Ravens and recorded no statistics.[1]

" Things are so positive around here and we're really pushing to go for these playoffs. I never really had that before. Things have always been dismal and just like a grey cloud in D.C."[3]

Thomas on the difference between New York & Washington

New York Giants

On November 24, 2010, Thomas was claimed off waivers by the New York Giants.[4] To make roster room for Thomas, the Giants placed fullback Madison Hedgecock on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[5] Thomas wore #8 in his first game as a Giant versus Jacksonville because the Giants have no more numbers available.[6] During the team's December 5, 2010 game against the Redskins, Thomas made his first impact as a Giant. On special teams, Thomas had two tackles, including one at the Redskins' 20-yard line, and he blocked a Hunter Smith punt in the fourth quarter, giving the Giants the ball on the Redskins 13-yard line.[7] On January 22, 2012, Thomas made a huge impact in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, as he recovered two pivotal fumbles, one of which occurred in overtime to set up the winning score that took the Giants to Super Bowl XLVI.

Chicago Bears and retirement

On March 28, 2012, Thomas signed with the Chicago Bears to a one-year contract.[8] On August 5, 2012, he announced his retirement from the NFL on his Twitter account. It was later revealed in the New York Daily News that same day he retired at such a young age to avoid lifelong injuries such as brain damage. He also said he would prefer to settle down with his fiancée Porshia and their son Devin Jr.[9]

Detroit Lions

On January 17, 2013, Thomas came out of his brief retirement and signed a deal with the Detroit Lions.[10] He was released by the Lions on August 5, 2013.[11]


  1. ^ a b Devin Thomas (1986-11-15). "Devin Thomas: Game Logs at". Retrieved .
  2. ^ Writer, Staff (2010-11-24). "Carolina Panthers Waive WR Devin Thomas, Sign S Gerald Alexander". Football News Now. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Schwartz, Paul (2010-12-06). "Devin Thomas exacts revenge on 'Skins". Retrieved .
  4. ^ Geoff Burke/US Presswire. "Giants claim former Redskins and Panthers wide receiver Devin Thomas off waivers". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Giants latest to give Devin Thomas a chance". National Football Post. 2010-11-24. Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Begley, Ian. "Andrews, Ross out of Friday's practice - Giants Blog - ESPN New York". Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Devin Thomas understands Mike Shanahan's decision to cut him, grateful for second chance with Giants". 2010-12-06. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Bears agree to terms with Devin Thomas". 2012-03-28. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Samuel, Ebenezer (2012-08-05). "former giant devin thomas hangs em up". New York Dally News. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Devin Thomas signs with Lions". January 17, 2013. Retrieved .
  11. ^ McCosky, Chris (August 5, 2013). "Lions release ex-Michigan State receiver Devin Thomas". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on August 5, 2013.

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