WR Mike Thomas - Free Agent

5-8, 195Born: 6-4-1987College: ArizonaDrafted: Round 4, pick 2009

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2012 Week 1 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Thomas was a virtual non-factor as he was not used to do much in the offense, his role reduced to virtually nil.

2012 Week 2 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

After being a productive player two years ago, Thomas has been relegated to the fifth option in a poor performing passing offense. He was credited with three targets but really only had a chance to catch one ball. Thomas gets snaps at both the split end and slot position but has too much trouble getting off the line of scrimmage to be an effective option in an offense that often looks to throw the ball quickly. Thomas did have one catch on the day. He is being called on the run drag routes across the middle and go routes down the seam.

2012 Week 3 vs IND (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Only catch came on Gabbert's first pass. Ran a 10 yard curl route from the slot for the first down. Gabbert hit him on numbers. Was covered well whenever Gabbert went his way at other points during the game.

2012 Week 4 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Thomas barely made the box score in this game, seeing just a single target and reception. Gabbert scrambled around in the closing moments of the first half, finding Thomas for the innocuous sideline catch.

2012 Week 5 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)

Mike Thomas was a check-down safety valve for Blane Gabbert in this game. He was targeted eight times, and had four receptions but none of them were for more than five yards.

2012 Week 7 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Thomas' highlight of the day was making a nice catch in the red zone, to set up Rashad Jennings' 5 yard TD run. He was targeted just 3 times though, catching 2 for 17 yards. With the Jags already struggling to get the ball to any of their pass catchers, Thomas is an afterthought at this point.

2012 Week 8 vs GB (7 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

Thomas was limited to short targets in situations that rarely impacted the game. The one exception was on a red zone target which Thomas bobbled and dropped at the goal line. It was a likely touchdown lost on the play. Given Cecil Shorts' emergence and Justin Blackmon's weekly volume, Thomas has a very limited ceiling of production.

2012 Week 11 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Mike Thomas was signed after the season ending injury to Nate Burleson. However, he's only used on five wide sets and on special teams. His only offensive touch in this game was just before half time, when the Lions brought him in motion, then handed him the ball after the snap and he ran around the other end. He was tackled after a short six yard gain.

2012 Week 13 vs IND (4 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

Mike Thomas has still failed to impress in DET and was easily outclassed by his teammates on Sunday. Thomas only registered one catch on a failed screen pass attempt that was poorly blocked. Thomas was invisible for the rest of the game almost as Stafford looked elsewhere for big plays, mainly to WR Johnson. Thomas had a shot at a touchdown catch on a curl route but he couldn't hang onto it and it fell incomplete through his hands.

2012 Week 14 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)

Thomas' first involvement wasn't a reception, but instead an end around that went for 22 yards completely unopposed. Thomas' second end around was his next involvement in the third quarter. This time the Packers snuffed him out for just a three yard gain.

2012 Week 15 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Thomas was again minimally involved on offense with just a single rushing attempt, a reverse, that resulted in a minimal gain.

2012 Week 16 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Mike Thomas is a complete afterthought. During the first quarter, Thomas took an end-around carry to the right for an 8-yard gain. After halftime, Thomas ran a quick slant route and secured a 5-yard gain.

2012 Week 17 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Mike Thomas primarily returned punts in this game for the Lions, but he had one catch in the second quarter - a short square in on 3rd and 3 that gave Detroit the first down. In the third quarter, Thomas came in motion behind the line of scrimmage and when the ball was snapped, Stafford tried to push it to him in the flat. However, the pass was badly thrown and it fell incomplete.

2011 Week 1 vs TEN (11 / 8 / 55 / 0 rec)

Thomas's first game as the Jaguars number one wide receiver went well. He was lined up primarily on the left side of the field and spent the day running out routes, quick slants, and crossing patterns. He appears to already have a rapport with quarterback Luke McCown as he was targeted often on first and third down all game long. Thomas most often ran patterns that got him open in space while running at full speed as he waited for the pass. Strangely, he was not sent on any deep routes, possibly owing to McCown's unfamiliarity with the entire offense. Thomas's best play came when he lined up in the right slot. At the snap, he ran up the seam at full speed before slanting slightly to the inside. The Luke McCown throw was on target but high. Thomas leaped up and caught the ball cleanly between a safety and a cornerback, converting a first down via the 26 yard reception.

2011 Week 2 vs NYJ (10 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

After a solid game against the Tennessee Titans in week 1, Thomas ran into exactly the kind of problem many were concerned about in preseason as the New York Jets secondary had no problem blanketing the Jaguars' wide receivers all day long. The Jets didn't even bother locking Thomas down with either Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie--they just let the Jags move Thomas around and shut him down anyway. The good thing about the day was that Thomas saw 10 balls thrown his way, though as bad as Luke McCown looked, some of them were only vaguely aimed at Thomas. When they were catchable, Thomas just couldn't gain enough separation from coverage to get a clean chance at the ball and three of McCown's interceptions were meant for Thomas. Still, he is far and away the primary target in the offense right now. Even when rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert entered the game, Thomas received two of his five passes. He'll get the opportunities, but until the quarterback situation clears up, he will have days like this anytime the opposing defense has a good secondary.

2011 Week 3 vs CAR (8 / 4 / 55 / 1 rec)

Mike Thomas will not thank Gabbert for the first pass thrown his way on Sunday, a high pass on a dig route that exposed Thomas to a hit due to the late delivery of the pass. Thomas got into a rhythm as the game progressed, settling down in the short zone and catching an 11-yard pop pass from Gabbert over the middle. Thomas was targeted several times by Gabbert, who clearly trusts the route-running capability and hands of his wide out. With a few seconds to go in the first half, Mike Thomas caught a bizarre touchdown pass on a deep screen play whereby he caught a pass underneath the deep receivers and used them as blockers for a walk-in 36-yard score. Thomas did have a key drop late in the game, even after he had committed offensive pass interference on the play. The game script - a heavy dose of the running attack - meant that Thomas and the passing attack could not establish itself.

2011 Week 4 vs NO (11 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)

Mike Thomas was a reliable target for his QB on the outside but unspectacular. He lacks the true speed to be anything more than a low #2 in this offense and the Jaguars need a true #1 for their QB. Thomas made several plays nonetheless, including a nice catch and run on a screen play that was well blocked. He made several stick throws for first downs against the Saints DB's and gave Gabbert the help he sorely needs. Thomas made a lot of yards after catch which allowed Gabbert to have some easy throws to settle into as he is quick and elusive in the open field.

2011 Week 5 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)

Thomas' first catch of the day was his longest, as he ran a nice route and made the catch on a perfectly thrown ball by Gabbert for a long 3rd down completion. Thomas had a chance for a red zone TD, but Leon Hall never let him turn up field and stuffed him at the 1. Later, Thomas ran a nice drag route to get open for the 3rd down conversion.

2011 Week 6 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Thomas continues to showcase his skills as a possession receiver. He doesn't have the big body and elite speed to become an all-pro player, but he is adept at working the middle of the field, finding soft spots in coverage and being slippery after the catch on quick screen passes. He'll never break a game wide open, but his hands make him reliable enough to be a "quarterback's best friend" type of receiver.

2011 Week 7 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Based on the new contract what does that equal out to.

2011 Week 8 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

The fact that Thomas led the team in receptions and yardage by WRs isn't saying much; Gabbert only completed 5 passes to WRs on the day. But Thomas fought for the extra yard needed on a late 5-yard reception to convert a critical 4th and 4 to keep the Jags' hopes alive, setting up a Maurice Jones-Drew TD that cut the lead to 21-14.

2011 Week 10 vs IND (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

Late in the first half, the Jaguars tried to get Thomas the ball in space, hitting him on a flanker screen to the right side, but Indianapolis diagnosed it early and swarmed to stop him for no gain. The Jags succeeded in getting him the ball later on a reverse that picked up 12 yards. Thomas was outshined by rookie WR Chastin West and by Jarrett Dillard who took advantage of favorable matchups and soft coverage.

2011 Week 11 vs CLE (11 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Mike Thomas's game involves speed as he is a deep threat for his team. However, rookie QB Gabbert is holding this offense back as he tries to mature into an NFL QB. Gabbert was able to find Thomas on a short slant pattern for a decent gain but Gabbert also missed him later in the game as they struggle to make any Chemistry in the passing game. Gabbert rarely threw downfield and Thomas's strength lies in the vertical passing game. He is unlikely to get many deep attempts this year and is even more unlikely to get any accurate deep attempts that he can haul in.

2011 Week 12 vs HOU (5 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Quiet in the first half, Thomas was then targeted a number of times as the Jaguars tried to come from behind, mainly on short routes. Two of his five targets included a throw away and an uncatchable ball while Thomas was blanketed by double coverage. The remaining incompletion was the Jaguars last play of the game, when he was thrown a lob that was hotly contested by a defender, making a reception unlikely.

2011 Week 13 vs SD (6 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Thomas had yet another very quiet game, catching two fairly short passes, neither of which had a huge impact at the time.

2011 Week 14 vs TB (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Thomas made only one catch on the day, for 2 yards, and was smothered immediately after the catch.

2011 Week 16 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

For all the promise that came from 66 catch, 820 yard second season, Mike Thomas's third year has been a woeful disappointment. In the early parts of the season, the Jaguars tried to use his speed and quickness as a downfield threat a la Steve Smith. Once it became clear that Blaine Gabbert's downfield throwing ability was poor, Thomas began running more quick outs and slants. The results have been similarly discouraging as he has not had a game of more than three receptions since week 7 and only one game with more than 5 receptions all season. On Sunday against Tennessee, Thomas was left in single-coverage all game while the Titans focused on pressuring the pocket and stopping the run. Despite having a distinct quickness advantage over Cortland Finnegan and Michael Griffin, Thomas simply didn't look strong enough to consistently get open against the Titans' man coverage.

2011 Week 17 vs IND (3 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Thomas had another disappointing day as most of the passing game was not asked to do much because of the success of the running game. Thomas had one medium target but Gabbert missed him badly. His other targets were very close or behind the line of scrimmage. This season with Gabbert has definitely stunted Thomas' growth as a receiver.

2010 Week 1 vs DEN (7 / 6 / 89 / 0 rec)

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.

2010 Week 2 vs SD (8 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

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.

2010 Week 3 vs PHI (6 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

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.

2010 Week 4 vs IND (7 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec, 1 / 19 / 0 rush)

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.

2010 Week 5 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec, 3 / 53 / 0 rush)

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.

2010 Week 6 vs TEN (9 / 8 / 88 / 0 rec)

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.

2010 Week 7 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2010 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

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.

2010 Week 10 vs HOU (9 / 8 / 149 / 1 rec, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)

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.

2010 Week 11 vs CLE (10 / 5 / 36 / 1 rec)

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.

2010 Week 12 vs NYG (9 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)

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.

2010 Week 13 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

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.

2010 Week 14 vs OAK (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)

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.

2010 Week 15 vs IND (5 / 3 / 63 / 0 rec)

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.

2010 Week 16 vs WAS (9 / 6 / 96 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

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.

2010 Week 17 vs HOU (5 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)

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.

2009 Week 3 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec, 2 / 35 / 0 rush)

Mike Thomas had one reception for 10 yards against the Texans. He also added 35 yards on to rushes (long of 22) as the Jaguars worked to get the ball in to his hands. Thomas is currently the WR3 for Jacksonville. Thomas also returned two kicks for 18 yards with a long of 23 yards.

2009 Week 4 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)

Thomas is turning into a Percy Harvin type weapon for this offense. He got the first target of the day, and the offensive game plan is giving him a lot of chances to use his speed and elusiveness on carries out of the backfield, end arounds, and screen passes. He'll break a few long plays before the season is over.

2009 Week 5 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)

Thomas drew in for Sims-Walker, but was only targeted twice and did not catch a pass until the second half.

2009 Week 6 vs STL (9 / 7 / 52 / 0 rec)

Thomas is getting more and more involvement in the passing offense every week. The Jags are giving him targets close to the line of scrimmage to give him a chance to use his speed and shiftiness to turn them into larger gains. He caught a few passes on the game-winning drive in OT, and he is turning into a great complement to Holt and Sims-Walker working the short passing game routes.

2009 Week 8 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

With Torry Holt and Mike Sims-Walker struggling to get open against Tennessee, Mike Thomas stepped up and led Jacksonville with four catches and 55 yards, working mostly as a slot receiver. Thomas continues to contribute on both offense and special teams in returning kicks. The young playmaker shows good speed and has good hands, making him a nice sleeper pick to get more targets going forward.

2009 Week 9 vs KC (1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)

Thomas had a nice gain on an end around, but he was met behind the line of scrimmage on his one quick target. He did have an impact on the game when his long punt return set up the last Jags TD that ended up being the margin of victory.

2009 Week 10 vs NYJ (4 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

The rookie WR displayed his sure hands after snagging a pass on a huge 4th down conversion where he squirted between two tacklers and lunged for the first down. Thomas also converted a 3rd down play where he made a diving 15 yard catch as he was being tackled. His most impressive play though, was when he went up in the air for a nice 20 yard grab and was able to hang on after getting his legs taken out beneath him. If Thomas continues making clutch plays like these, we may see the Jags starting to look away from Torry Holt and more towards the talented rookie.

2009 Week 11 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

Thomas got his number called a few times, and his speed flashed on an end around, but he never really threatened to make a big play on any of his three touches.

2009 Week 12 vs SF (4 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)

Thomas may have opened some eyes here, as he outplayed Torry Holt with fewer opportunities, making a few impressive catches. He is an exciting player to watch; he looked capable of breaking a big play nearly every time he caught the ball.

2009 Week 14 vs MIA (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Thomas lined up in the slot when the Jaguars went to a three wide receiver formation. He was targeted four times, mostly on bubble and slip screens, but caught only one pass for a short gain.

2009 Week 15 vs IND (4 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)

Mike Thomas got some work in Week 15 against Indianapolis as the third wide receiver for Jacksonville, getting four passes aimed his way. Thomas hauled in a short pass in the second quarter and followed that up with a nice 13-yard grab over the middle and just into the end zone for a third quarter touchdown. Jacksonville does not normally throw 40 times a game, so Thomas' production is likely to be minimal at best the rest of the way for Jacksonville.

2009 Week 16 vs NE (6 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

The talented rookie led all Jacksonville receivers with 6 receptions for 57 yards on the day. He nearly had a TD when he stretched the ball across the pylon on a WR screen pass, but stepped out of bounds while leaning across the goal line. The reception did set up a 2 yard David Garrard TD run. The small, but elusive receiver, is turning into a quite a playmaker as the Jags continue to rely on his steady hands and solid route running. Look for Thomas' role with the team to exponentially increase next year as an aging Torry Holt moves to the sideline and the Jags look to implement their youthful playmakers.

2009 Week 17 vs CLE (10 / 7 / 65 / 0 rec)

Thomas started outside with Torry Holt inactive and was the Jaguars' most targeted wide receiver. Most of his completions were on short routes. His longest reception of the day, a 22-yard catch over the middle, came at the end of the first half while the Browns took away sideline routes.