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    Confirmed: Demaryius Thomas Breaks Foot
    TFY Draft Insider
    Feb. 17

    Training for the combine has seemingly taken its’ toll on a top player today as several sources on the scene have told us Georgia Tech receiver Demaryius Thomas allegedly hurt his foot while practicing the three cone drill. It looks as though Thomas has broken a bone in his foot. The big receiver, who is training in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been tearing it up recently. Sources have told us after weighing in at 220-pounds Thomas had been timed as fast as 4.38-seconds in the forty. This afternoon Thomas was seen on crutches. Update 11PM.

    Update 11 PM

    We’ve since talked to several sources who were on hand to watch Thomas prepare for the combine and all the reviews have been glowing. Some told us many of the other players on hand at API preparing for the combine were amazed at the athleticism Thomas displayed on a daily basis. He was not only fast but very explosive and strong. The receiver coaches on hand were astonished at the route running ability the 237-pound Thomas displayed besides the ability to make all the receptions. Several we spoke with said they could not wait for his workout at the combine and, in a bit of irony, thought it would be reminiscent of the workout turned in by former Yellow Jacket receiver Calvin Johnson.

    How will this effect the draft stock of Thomas? Todd France told us general managers have said since Thomas will be ready to go for OTA’s it won’t hurt much. And while we agree we think the inability to workout in front of scouts makes it almost impossible for Thomas to make a big leap up draft boards.

    Update 7:30 PM

    Todd France, the agent for Demaryius Thomas, confirmed with us a little while ago his client did in fact break a foot today. France told us the big receiver will be checked by specialists to determine if surgery is needed and admitted it is very possible that a pin may need to be inserted into the foot of Thomas to hasten the healing.

    The recovery time will be four-to-six weeks and it is very questionable whether or not Thomas will workout for NFL teams prior to the draft. The issue is even a four week recovery will bring Thomas into the middle of March. At that point he’ll be a bit rusty and won’t be able to train all out as he has been.

    France did confirm that Thomas had run a 4.38 forty last week after weighing in at 227-pounds. France tolud us the run was filmed and every NFL team would receive a copy. More later this evening.

    Other news from Arizona has former Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham looking very good as he prepares for the combine. Sources have told us Gresham looks fit and fast. He’s catching the ball very well in drills and though not yet 100%, seems close to full strength.

    The same cannot be said for Eric Decker. Decker has not been doing much running and limited pass catching since his since the surgery to repair a Lisfranc sprain was completed in early November. Sources say the recovery time from that surgery is six months, which brings Decker to the beginning of May.

  • #2
    Re: Georgia Tech WR Thomas breaks foot

    I want this kid as our future WR1, cause I think he has star all over him. Perfect size, great hands and good speed, just needs a little route running coaching.

    Imagine this: Thomas at Z, Robinson and W and Avery in the slot.

    I'm drooling.

    I'm just wondering where he was projected to go and where the broken foot will move him. Frankly, I don't know where he's projected, I've seen him all over the board from early 2nd to late 6th.

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    • #3
      Re: Georgia Tech WR Thomas breaks foot

      Many expected Thomas to test well at the combine and possibly work his way into the late first round. Now, it's going to depend on how fast he's going to heal and be ready for NFL teams.

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      • #4
        Re: Georgia Tech WR Thomas breaks foot

        He is verry raw, but I'd love to add him. Coach him up let him learn the full NFL Route tree and I think he has Brandon Marshall ability without the Character problems.

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        • #5
          Re: Georgia Tech WR Thomas breaks foot

          I had him set as the Rams 2nd pick on my last mock. While it is unfortunate that he won't be able to work out, as long as the break is one that is expected to heal up without any problem, I'd probably still consider him at that point. If he is still there at the top of the 3rd, I'd take him in a heartbeat.

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          • r8rh8rmike
            Thomas Finds Fit At Home
            by r8rh8rmike
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            Friday, July 31, 2009


            By Nick Wagoner
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            Hollis Thomas has been around the NFL long enough to know what he brings to the table.

            But as he hit free agency this offseason looking for a place to play his 14th NFL season, the decision to come to St. Louis became easy based on three simple reasons.

            “I know the system, I know Spags and it’s home,” Thomas said with a smile Thursday morning.

            With that, Thomas signed a one-year contract with the Rams late Wednesday afternoon to help literally and figuratively fill a major hole in the team’s defensive line.

            Coming back to St. Louis was the easy part of the equation for Thomas. Born and raised in town, Thomas attended the Academy of Math and Science.

            Because that school didn’t have a football team, Thomas was able to join the team at Sumner High. There, he won a pair of 4A state championships and played basketball for the academy.

            Thomas was impressive enough on the football field to earn a scholarship to Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill. Rarely along the way did it occur to Thomas that he could someday land in the NFL but after a successful career for the Huskies in which was a solid contributor for three seasons, that started to become more of a reality.

            “I wasn’t really thinking that far ahead,” Thomas said. “I was thinking about getting to college. When I got to college I was thinking about pro.”

            Thomas went undrafted in the 1996 NFL Draft but was given a shot to compete with the Eagles for a job in Philadelphia.

            The opportunity was all he needed. Using his undrafted status as the motivating chip on his shoulder, Thomas landed a roster spot and became an instant contributor for the Eagles.

            Thomas played in all 16 games as a rookie with five starts and earned some All Rookie honors. So began what would become an accomplished 13-year career in which Thomas became a dominating force in the middle of the Eagles defensive line.

            It was there, in the city of Brotherly Love that Thomas met Steve Spagnuolo, then the linebackers coach of the Eagles.

            Spagnuolo quickly took a liking to Thomas who had a knack for getting his teammates lined up in the right spots and taking on blockers so Spagnuolo’s linebackers can run free to the ball.

            After a three-year stop in New Orleans, Thomas found himself on the market this offseason after a triceps injury required surgery and left him unable to take a physical for the Saints.

            Thomas spent his offseason recovering from surgery and missed all opportunities to get in some work in Organized Team Activities or minicamps.

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            -07-31-2009, 10:30 PM
          • r8rh8rmike
            Jim Thomas Live - Aug 9
            by r8rh8rmike
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            Tuesday, August 9, 2011


            leonard van valey: Like the experience being brought in...but... so much of it? In a couple of years won't this team be long in the tooth? What's the average age of the team now compared with other teams in the league? Still...it looks like they are serious about having a winning season with the acquisition of these experienced players of proven ability.

            Jim Thomas: Remember, 8 of the 11 free agents signed so far are one-year deals. So there's no guarantee how many of them will be back in 2012. Of the 11 outside veteran free agents, Diles is 26, Sims-Walker is 26, Ojinnakao is 27, Norwood just turned 28, Muir is 28, Williams is 29, Dahl just turned 30, Mikell is 30, Poppinga is 31, Bannan is 32, and Harris is 36. So they're spread out kind of all over the spectrum. But I think your overall point is valid. But the sheer number of free agents signed the Rams are trying to get over the hump in terms of at least making the playoffs.

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            dominic zappia: Hey Jim:
            1)With the 3 big payouts this year for Bradford,Smith and Long,does this mean the Rams will have more money next year under the cap?
            2)With Murphys injury,who are we looking at for a replacement from free agency or within? Sorry,King doesnt impress me.
            3)Who has impressed you so far at camp?
            Thank you...

            Jim Thomas: 1.) Not really. Because of escalators and incentives, Bradford, Smith and Long will have high cap counts for basically the rest of their contracts.
            2.) The Rams are looking, but there's not a ton out there now.
            3.) Give me another week. I missed 3 1/2 days of practice/scrimmage while I was in Canton.

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            Kyle Cooksey: Curious how you think Joe West (18) is looking in the fight for a spot as a WR. I noticed he's on the 2nd offense and gets a good amount of routes and is fairly consistent. Also noticed he is on all the special-teams, maybe because of his speed?

            Jim Thomas: I think he's running with the seconds mainly because of injuries (Avery, Alexander, Salas). But he could be a practice squad guy.

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            Greg: Hi Jim,

            Thanks for the chat.

            Has Quinn lived up to the expectations so far in camp/scrimmage?

            I saw him beat Saffold nicely in a drill this last friday, and from what I heard he was all over the backfield in the scrimmage at lindenwood.

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            -08-09-2011, 08:33 PM
          • RamWraith
            Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee Robert Thomas
            by RamWraith
            Tuesday, October 12, 2004

            By NICK WAGONER
            Staff Writer

            Robert Thomas isn’t exactly the moist boisterous player on the Rams. The middle linebacker likes to keep to himself; some would say he is as shy as a child.

            It comes as no surprise, then, that when Thomas is around adults, he is reserved. But put him around kids and that all changes. Thomas takes on the personality of the children around him, laughing, joking and playing as though he were not quite old enough to cross the street yet.

            This side of Thomas isn’t as rare as it might sound, for he spends a good portion of his time off the field in the company of children, usually at a children’s hospital in St. Louis. He formed Thomas’ Team to organize group outings for children. The group goes to the movies, McDonald’s and various places with Thomas — and no parents are allowed.

            “When there are no parents the kids can just let loose and have fun,” Thomas said. “I’m a child myself, so I like to interact with kids, play around with them.”

            His dedication to kids has earned him a nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

            A normal day for Thomas includes hitting offensive linemen twice his size or fullbacks built like MAC trucks. When he gets “free” time, he takes every opportunity he can to make a difference where it really counts, in the hearts of the children’s lives he touches on a daily basis.

            A glance at Thomas’ schedule off the field reveals that he skips out on no opportunities to help those less fortunate than him. Thomas’charitable contributions don’t stop with scheduled commitments, though.

            Thomas has been known to stop by Cardinal Glennon and St. Louis Children’s Hospital on his own volition, never asking to enter with any fanfare or press. He does it because he wants to; because he loves to see kids — who haven’t been blessed as he has — smile.

            “Winning an award would be nice, but every time I get a smile from one of those kids, I feel like I won,” Thomas said.

            It’s possible Thomas’ interest in kids is so devout and strong because it began when he was visiting Shriner’s Hospital as a high school student in California. He continued his work with children through high school and on in to college at UCLA.

            “Helping kids has always been a part of me,” Thomas said. “It makes me appreciate how blessed I am in what I am able to do.”

            Thomas is an inspiration to the children he visits and the feeling is more than mutual. Take the example of Kaycey, one of the children Thomas met on a visit. She has struggled with lung and heart transplants, but often had Thomas by her side as she battled valiantly.

            "Just seeing what she went through makes you realize you can do anything,” Thomas said. “In my eyes, there’s nothing in this world that is going to be tougher than what...
            -10-12-2004, 03:48 PM
          • THOLTFAN81
            Some interesting draft tidbits from Jim Thomas
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            Cool we are showing interest in Dwight Jones, but I pray we get someone better than him.



            Good to see Mike Waufle being put to work early....
            -01-25-2012, 10:45 PM
          • r8rh8rmike
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            Bowles, a native of Elizabeth, N.J., who went to college at Temple, has been with the Dolphins since 2008 as assistant head coach/secondary coach. He has previous NFL coaching stints as an assistant for the Jets (2000), Cleveland (2001-04), and Dallas (2005-07).

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            -01-04-2012, 05:02 PM
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