Before Combine: Hgt: 6017, Wgt: 215, 40YD: 4.45-4.50-4.58
Draft Scout Snapshot: 2007: Started all thirteen games at flanker, in addition to seeing action at tailback while also handling kickoff return duties…
Set a school season-record with 79 receptions, good for 1,260 yards (15.9 avg) and eight touchdowns…Rushed 27 times for 177 yards (6.6 avg) and totaled 18 yards on seven punt returns (2.6 avg)…Recorded two tackles, attempted one pass and scored 48 points…Led the Big Ten and ranked 11th nationally with 39 kickoff returns for a Big Ten season-record 1,135 yards (29.1 avg)…Set a school season-record with 2,590 all-purpose yards, the second-best total in Big Ten annals, as he averaged 199.23 yards per game…Gained over 100 yards receiving in seven contests, a new school season-record…Registered 54 plays of 20-plus yards (2 rushing; 21 receptions; 31 kick returns).
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08/16/12 - WR Devin Thomas, who had recently left the Bears and was placed on the exempt/left squad list, had his contract terminated Thursday.
08/06/12 - WR Devin Thomas said he was retiring and left the team, but the Bears placed him ion the exempt/left squad list. That enables him to rturn to the team if he changes his mind.
04/05/12 - WR Devin Thomas has never lived up to the hype since being drafted early in the second round (34th overall) by the Redskins in 2008, but he's still just 25, and he's getting a fresh start with the Bears.
In four NFL seasons with the Redskins (2008-10), Panthers (2010) and Giants (2010-11), he's caught just 43 passes for 482 yards and three touchdowns.
The 6-1, 221-pounder won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants last season, and he has been a major contributor on special teams as a kickoff returner and covering kicks. He recovered two fumbles in the NFC Championship Game, including one that set up the game-winning field goal in overtime.
"I really feel good about him, adding to our wideout depth and being a special teams player," Bears general manager Phil Emery said. "We think that maybe he's at a spot in his career where he's ready to move forward. I think he sees this as a great opportunity to move forward in his career; get more involved, get more catches."
03/28/12 - WR Devin Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears.
A second-round pick by Washington in 2008, Thomas emerged as a strong special teams player for the Giants the past two seasons, averaging 24.3 yards on kick returns and registering eight special-teams tackles in 20 games.
He is most noted for recovering a pair of fumbles in the Giants' NFC Championship Game victory over the 49ers in January.
01/23/12 - WR Devin Thomas has had a rough year.
After winning the kickoff return job in the summer, Thomas, who is seldom used on offense, had his special teams duties taken away due to some ball security issues that were a little too close for comfort as far as the coaches were concerned.
Then there was his scary on-field collision on Dec. 18 against his former team, the Redskins, in which he lay on the field at the end of the first half, briefly paralyzed after taking a hit to his lower head while covering a kickoff.
Fortunately for Thomas, everything worked out as this week, he was one of the Giants' heroes in their 20-17 overtime win against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
Thomas, who not once but twice scooped up a loose ball coughed up by 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams, said after the game that he had a feeling that he was going to do something to help his team get to the Super Bowl.
"I had a vision in my mind that I was going to make some type of big play to help us win the game," he said. "I thought it was just going to be that first fumble, but I got another opportunity to recover another one and I jumped on that."
It was Thomas' second fumble recovery of a ball knocked loose by teammate Jacquian Williams that proved to be the backbreaker for the 49ers. Following that recovery, the Giants drove down the field to set up the second of kicker Lawrence Tynes' 31-yard field-goal attempts for the game-winning score in overtime.
"It was like, ‘I can't believe he just fumbled,'" Thomas said of Williams' gaffe. "Then I'm like, OK, I'm right here.' So I just made sure I secured it, and made sure no one would take it from me."