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Week 1 vs. DEN
Receiving: 6 / 89 / 0 on 7 targets
Thomas picked up the slack with Mike Sims-Walker taken out of play by the Broncos defensive game plan. He got open underneath, down the middle of the field, and on the sidelines in a performance that portends a strong year for the second-year receiver out of Arizona. Another big reception would have been his, but the ball was tipped in flight by a Broncos defender near the line. This is probably about his ceiling as teams will probably not be as effective at neutralizing Sims-Walker in the future.
Week 2 vs. SD
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 43 / 0 on 8 targets
A week after leading the team in receptions, Thomas took a back seat to the team's actual top wideout, Mike Sims-Walker. Thomas got open for a handful of quick slants, which were seemingly there at will all game long --- but the Jaguars opted to not keep going to that well for some reason. He made a nice reception downfield for a 20 yard gain to get Jacksonville into field goal range late in the first half, but he didn't see nearly the consistency of looks that Sims-Walker did.
Week 3 vs. PHI
Receiving: 2 / 7 / 0 on 6 targets
Second wide receiver Mike Thomas caught only two balls in Week 3 for a scant seven yards. David Garrard targeted him several times against Philadelphia but he could never get on target and deliver a catchable ball to Thomas. Some hope remains for a better outcome next week against Indianapolis but David Garrard will have to bring his "A" game.
Week 4 vs. IND
Rushing: 1 / 19 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 68 / 0 on 7 targets
Thomas is becoming very good at taking short curls or short break patterns to both the inside and outside and gaining yards after the catch. Many of his receptions are of the short variety and then he gets loose. The 1st 3 drives of the football game he ran close to the same pass pattern to Garrard's right and each time he turned it up field and got a 1st down. He was targeted once deep in the 4th quarter but he was blanketed by the Indy defense and couldn't make the connection with Garrard. He's running sharp routes right now and finding separation which makes him an easy target for the QB.
Week 5 vs. BUF
Rushing: 3 / 53 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 51 / 0 on 4 targets
Thomas really looked he could be the "#1" WR in this offense from this game. He has great speed and quickness. He was used on three end around reverse calls, to great effectiveness and caught Buffalo napping every time. He has great concentration for the football and caught two passes from Garrard that were very low and underthrown. It is hard for any WR in this offense to put up solid numbers week in and week out, but Thomas really had himself a nice day and made a claim to be the #2 WR at worst. He had a high number of targets and is great with the ball in his hands.
Week 6 vs. TEN
Receiving: 8 / 88 / 0 on 9 targets
Thomas was the Jacksonville punt returner but did not have any good opportunities. All of his receptions were on short and intermediate routes. When Edwards took over for Garrard, he targeted Thomas on 4 straight plays. Edwards was clearly looking to Thomas and Thomas looked like the most reliable receiver that Jacksonville had.
Week 7 vs. KC
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Mike Thomas had a costly fumble early in this game on a punt return. He managed to get into KC territory before fumbling the ball forward. It was recovered by Kansas City on a play that swung the momentum. Mike Thomas was targeted deep on two occasions in the game; one early on which was incomplete due to the pass being thrown too far to the outside, and the other resulting in a big (and controversial) pass interference penalty.
Week 8 vs. DAL
Rushing: 1 / 9 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 41 / 1 on 4 targets
Mike Thomas is emerging as a viable "possession" threat for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His presence is opening up the field for Mike Sims-Walker and giving the defense something to consider when they would rather stack the box against the run. Almost all of Thomas's catches are coming as the "hot" read or on receiver screens and slants. As a result, his yards-per-reception is low, but he is displaying good hands and quickness off the line. His touchdown catch came on a 15 yard reception wherein Garrard tossed a short screen to the left side of the field to Thomas and he patiently allowed two blocks to develop in front of him, creating a clear lane to the endzone.
Week 10 vs. HOU
Rushing: 2 / 18 / 0
Receiving: 8 / 149 / 1 on 9 targets
Mike Thomas will be remembered most for the miracle touchdown catch to win the game for the Jaguars, but his performance deserved such a special moment. Thomas played tough all game long, taking shot after shot after making catches but still hanging on to the football. Thomas was used on reverses and screens, as Garrard tried to get the ball into his playmaker's hands quickly. Thomas made the most of his opportunities, as he routinely made men miss and showed great speed after the catch.
Week 11 vs. CLE
Receiving: 5 / 36 / 1 on 10 targets
Thomas got free deep at least once, but Garrard underthrew him. Otherwise he made his living on short passes close to or even behind the line of scrimmage, utilizing his run after catch ability. Thomas got great inside position on his quick slant TD, and he also broke a few tackles, padding his stat line. While he did well for his fantasy owners, Thomas did get outfought for the ball on one interception, and he probably doesn't have a true #1 WR game even though the Jags were forced to use him as one in this game.
Week 12 vs. NYG
Receiving: 6 / 46 / 0 on 9 targets
Thomas seemed to disappear for stretches of the game on Sunday, but was really targeted pretty frequently by quarterback David Garrard and was the receiver on two of the Jaguars' longer passes, as well as the target on a few longer ones which didn't connect. Thomas' size is sometimes a problem, but he's a tough and fearless receiver and Garrard knows that if he has to dump the ball to Thomas, there's a good chance the diminutive wideout will be able to gain some positive yards.
Thomas is easily Garrard's most reliable receiver each week. While he may not always produce big yards, he can be counted upon to catch what is thrown to him nearly every time.
Week 13 vs. TEN
Receiving: 4 / 31 / 0 on 5 targets
Thomas led his team in targets this week but really wasn't asked to do too much as Jacksonville ran the ball most of the time. He did manage to make a few plays on a couple of bubble screens (with his longest one going for just 12 yards). He will have better games as the Jags current #1 WR.
Week 14 vs. OAK
Rushing: 1 / -8 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 3 targets
Thomas had a very quiet day, starting off badly with a busted end around attempt that lost yards. His only other play of note was getting free down the sideline but unfortunately for him, Garrard overthrew him plenty.
Week 15 vs. IND
Receiving: 3 / 63 / 0 on 5 targets
Thomas had a long reception downfield for 39 yards, as he blew past the safeties and hauled in a deep pass from Garrard. But his biggest play of the day came in the first half, and was the only spark from the Jags in that half. He had an electrifying 78 yard punt return that kept the Jags in the game. The Colts claimed he called for a fair catch, and indeed it did look like he raised his hand a bit...but he didn't put his hand over his head, and when he caught the ball, he took off like a rocket up the right sideline.
Week 16 vs. WAS
Rushing: 1 / 4 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 96 / 1 on 9 targets
Thomas was not a big part of the Jags passing attack except for one drive that he started with a long reception on a first and 25. He caught three more ball on the drive, including the TD over the middle that he took a big hit to complete. His quicks, speed, and fearlessness over the middle have established him a strong starter on the rise, and his punt return skills also shined as Thomas shortened the field for the game-tying TD drive. He should be a nice WR3/WR4 pick next season.
Week 17 vs. HOU
Rushing: 2 / 20 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 0 on 5 targets
Despite being the hero when the Jaguars and Texans met over a month ago, Mike Thomas was not able to do much this time around against Houston. Quarterback Trent Edwards did not seem patient enough to let Thomas get in to his routes before passing the ball on most occasions. Thomas did have two rushes (both on sweeps to the left side), one of which gained 16 yards and converted a first down. Otherwise, he was rarely targeted and did not have much of an impact. Thomas finished his second season with 66 receptions for 820 yards and 4 touchdowns.